Tropical Bread Pudding
sliced 1/2 inch thick
light cream (half&half)
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 400 degree F oven until the bread is browned and the custard is set, 45 to 55 minutes.
Dust with powdered sugar, and garnish with additional banana slices.
Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.