Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Palpatine's Preferred Pudding
with Bread, Bananas, and Chocolate Chips

by SuSu, MaceVindaloo

Why was Palpatine such a meanie? As a young Sith-in-training, he was deprived; that was simply part of the training. He learned to smile while deprived, and often the deprivation was not publicly observed. He'd have to suffer in private while making small talk and being nice to others. It prepared him perfectly for life as a politician.

Some things made it all worthwhile, and he made sure he had what he needed to endure his many sufferings. One of those things was this delectable bread pudding, pushed over the top with super-sweet bananas, a rich bread base, and chocolate chips! For this, Palpatine could endure any measure of personal attacks and political maneuverings. It was his secret weapon and simple enough for him to make himself, so that he'd never be dependent on another being to make his favorite palliative.

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons / ½ cup / 125 g) butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 to 6 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf challah bread, cut into 1-inch / 2½-cm cubes (or other type of dense bread; a mixture is fine)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 325°F / 165°C.

In a large microwavable bowl, heat the milk, butter, and sugar till the butter is melted. Cool the mixture with the mashed bananas and stir together. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk the eggs together till very smooth, and add to the not-too-warm milk mixture.

Butter a 9" x 13" (23x33cm) baking tray (lasagne pan is good). Put half the bread cubes in the pan. Scatter half the chocolate chips over the top. Layer the rest of the bread and finish with the rest of the chocolate chips. Pour the milk mixture slowly over the bread cubes evenly, allowing the bread to fully soak up the liquid, about 10 minutes.

Cover a half-sheet baking tray with foil, and place the full baking pan in the middle, to catch any drips in case of overslow. Cover the bread mixture with another sheet of foil and crimp tightly. Place in the oven for 1 hour — no peeking.

Remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes until the top is lightly browned and the middle is slightly jiggly and set. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

To serve, cut into pieces and spoon out onto small plates or bowls. If desired, serve with chocolate or fudge sauce or ice cream.

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