Thursday, May 23, 2013

Banana Bread French Toast


Banana bread. French toast. The best thing since sliced bread. Pun intended! Think of all of those mornings growing up when your mom would pull out some freshly baked banana bread, spread some butter on it and it was like eating cake for breakfast! This time I take it one step further, slather that bread in eggs, heavy cream, and cinnamon and cook it on the stove top. This is the classic French toast with a twist.

Banana Bread French Toast

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 large over ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

We start by making the bread. It's best if you make the bread a day ahead, and let it sit uncovered overnight before slicing it for French toast usage. If you happen to sneak a slice or two, just to test it, no harm, no foul.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, cream the egg and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and mix. While the mixer is still going, add the bananas and milk.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mix until just combined. Lastly stir in the cooled butter. Pour batter into a bread pan sprayed with cooking spray.


Cook at 350 for 50-55 minutes. Remove and let cool on the counter uncovered overnight.


Once you are ready to enjoy some french toast, simply slice the the loaf of bread into 3/4" slices. 

Mix together the following in a shallow dish big enough to dip the slices into:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat. Place 2 tbsp. butter and let it melt. 

Cover each slice of bread in the egg mixture and cook on the buttered skillet; about 2 minutes on each side. 


Remove cooked french toast slices to a plate and serve with fresh banana slices and maple syrup.

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