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       Title: TROPICAL BREAD PUDDING
  Categories: Desserts, Breads
       Yield: 6 servings
  
       6 oz French bread, sliced 1/2
            Thick
       3    Medium bananas, sliced
     1/2 c  Flaked or shredded coconut
       1 tb Fresh lemon juice
       4    Eggs
     1/3 c  Packed brown sugar
   1 1/2 c  Half-and-half
       1 c  Milk
       1 ts Vanilla
            Powdered sugar
            Banana slices
  
   Arrange half the bread in the bottom of a greased 9-inch square baking pan.
   In a bowl, toss the bananas, coconut, and lemon juice; distribute evenly
   over the bread layer, and top with the remaining bread.  In a bowl, beat
   the eggs and brown sugar.  Beat in the half-and-half, milk, and vanilla to
   blend thoroughly.  Pour over the bread, and press the bread down slightly
   to saturate it completely. Bake in a 400F oven until the bread is browned
   and the custard is set, 45-55 minutes. Cool slightly. Dust with powdered
   sugar, and garnish with additional banana slices. Serve warm. Top with
   whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.
  
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