Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Easy Slow Cooker Caramel-Banana-Pecan Bread Casserole


Ingredients:


Disposable slow cooker liner

1-12 ounce loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 9 cups)

2 cups half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk

3 eggs or 3/4 cup refrigerated or thawed frozen egg product

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped and toasted

Caramel-Banana Sauce, see recipe below

Directions:

Line a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with disposable slow cooker liner.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until bread cubes are golden, stirring once or twice; cool. Place bread cubes in prepared slow cooker.

In a large bowl whisk together half-and-half, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour mixture over bread cubes in cooker. With back of a large spoon, press bread down slightly to moisten cubes completely.

In a medium bowl, using a pastry blender, cut butter into brown sugar until pieces are pea-size. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle pecan mixture over bread mixture in cooker.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove crockery liner from cooker, if possible, or turn off cooker. Cool mixture for 30 minutes.

Serve casserole with Caramel-Banana Sauce.

Caramel-Banana Sauce

Ingredients:

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup butter

2 tablespoons light-color corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 banana, thinly sliced

Directions:

In a medium heavy saucepan combine brown sugar, whipping cream, butter, and corn syrup. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally; reduce heat to medium. Boil gently, uncovered, for 3 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour sauce into a small bowl; cool to room temperature. If desired, cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight. To serve, let chilled sauce stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Stir in banana.

Recipe shared from: www.bhg.com