Bread Pudding and a Kiss


Ingredients

1 1- pound loaf banana bread (purchased or homemade)
4 egg yolks, beaten
2 cups half-and-half or light cream
1/4 cup sugar
16 milk chocolate kisses or chocolate truffle

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut banana bread into 1-inch cubes; place in an ungreased 2-quart square (8x8x2-inch) baking dish.

2. In a medium bowl beat together egg yolks, half-and-half, and sugar. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread mixture. Press mixture lightly with back of a large spoon.

3. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until puffed and a knife inserted off center comes out clean (center will appear moist but will set up with standing). Immediately cut into 25 squares (about 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch) in pan. Place a chocolate kiss on top of each bread pudding square. Cool 30 minutes before serving. Makes 25 servings.

Make-Ahead: Prepare recipe through step 2. Cover and chill in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until puffed and a knife inserted off center comes out clean (center will appear moist but will set up with standing).

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