Disney Magic at Home: We Recreated Ohana Bread Pudding from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Ohana Bread Pudding

One of the hardest parts of staying at home is not being able to frequent our favorite restaurants and eat all the delicious foods they offer. Of course we all miss Mickey bars and Dole Whips, but let’s not forget about a Resort classic: Ohana Bread Pudding.

Ohana means family, and family means everybody gets some bread pudding, am I right?

Since we don’t like to deprive ourselves, we looked up some essential Walt Disney World recipes to try at home, and they’re a lot easier than you think!

Start out by assembling all of your ingredients. Most of them will be staples you already have on hand:

  • 8 cups cubed French bread or Challah bread
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup spiced rum (or 2 tablespoons rum extract, which is what we used)
  • Banana slices
  • Vanilla ice cream (we used caramel ice cream!)

Follow the instructions carefully:

  • Spread bread cubes on baking sheet. Toast in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until dried and toasted. Meanwhile, combine eggs, milk, salt, 1½ cups sugar, and nutmeg and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Spread toasted bread in a casserole dish and pour egg and milk mixture over the bread. Toss lightly. Let stand 10 minutes.

  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45-60 minutes or until the top is crunchy and browned slightly and custard is soft, but not runny. Cool 5 minutes before cutting.
  • While the bread pudding is baking, add corn syrup, butter, ½ cup sugar, and ½ cup sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a low boil, then slowly add heavy cream, maintaining the boil. Add rum and flambe (skip this step if using extract). Cook for 10-15 minutes or until caramel reaches 235 degrees (soft ball stage). Remove from heat and add extract and salt. Cool slightly.

  • To serve bread pudding, cut bread pudding, top with sliced bananas, caramel, and ice cream. Serve immediately.

The bananas are crucial to get that familiar flavor, so be sure to use plenty! This bread pudding is a delicious substitute for our favorite Ohana treat. And until the parks reopen, we will be reusing this recipe to get a fix! What Disney recipes will you be attempting at home?

Allison Luna