Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

I can’t imagine a more decadent and delicious breakfast treat. As much as I love banana bread all by itself, turning into french toast takes it to a whole new level of scrumptious.  Add on some caramelized bananas and you have a breakfast built for royalty!

When my husband and I first started dating, he claimed that he didn’t really enjoy sweets and he especially wasn’t a fan of sweet breakfast. I’m mostly proud (and a little ashamed) to say this is no longer the case. He  not only looks forward to my weekly baked good, he also loves this dish just as much as I do!

For the banana bread portion of the ingredients, I use my banana bread recipe, which can be found here.

Here’s how you make Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Bananas:

First make the egg mixture. Beat 2 eggs with 2 tbs of milk, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Be sure to beat the mixture until it is completely smooth and there are no longer any pockets of unbeaten egg.

It’s best to make this mixture in a container with tall sides and a flat bottom. Banana bread doesn’t quite have the flexibility of the regular white bread normally used for french toast. If you were to make your egg mixture in a bowl with a curved bottom, it would be difficult to thoroughly coat the banana bread in egg without damaging the integrity of the bread.

I find that it’s easiest to use plain ole’ Tupperware for this purpose, but feel free to use anything similar.

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Cut the banana bread into thick slices. I normally do two slices per person. This recipe makes enough for two people to have two slices a piece (so four slices total). If you are feeding more than two people, the recipe works just as well doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled!

Make banana bread french toast for the whole neighborhood if you wish!

You’ll be the most popular person on the block.

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Melt a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan.

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While the butter melts, dip each slice of banana bread into the egg mixture. Be sure to completely coat the bread. I normally turn it over five or six times before I’m satisfied.

What you shouldn’t do is leave the bread to soak in the egg mixture. This would make your french toast less custard-y and more soggy.

Avoid the temptation to soak the bread. Trust me on this. You’ll thank me for it as soon as you take your first bite.

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Let the french toast cook, undisturbed for a minute or two or until the underside is nice and browned. Once the bottom has browned, turn it over and do the same on the other side.

Take the opportunity to admire the toasted perfection of your french toast. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful sight.

Once the french toast has browned on both sides, remove it to a plate if you’re ready to serve or place it in a covered container to keep it warm.

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Now for the caramelized bananas. The pièce de résistance!

I feel like it’s necessary to use at least one french phrase whenever you cook french toast.

The caramelized bananas are very quick and easy. If you are comfortable with making them while the french toast cooks, you certainly can. If not, feel free to wait until the french toast has finished, then whip them up while the french toast stays warm in a covered container.

To make caramelized bananas, simply add one sliced banana, brown sugar, water, vanilla, and a pinch of salt to a frying pan on medium low heat.

Pro tip: For bourbon caramelized bananas, simply replace the water with bourbon!

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Stir everything together, then allow the bananas to cook while periodically stirring them gently.

The sauce should get bubbly as it begins to caramelize.

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After a couple of minutes, the bananas should be soft, golden brown, and the amount of sauce should be reduced.

And that’s it!

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Now all that’s left is to assemble.

Lay out the french toast slices and top with the caramelized bananas. You won’t need any syrup as the caramelized bananas are in their own sauce that’s even better than syrup.Sprinkle on a little bit of powdered sugar for an even more beautiful presentation!

And the last step, marvel at the french toast deliciousness as you dig in!

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Happy eating!

Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

Serves two

Ingredients:

For the french toast:

  • 4 thick slices of banana bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbs butter
  • powdered sugar (optional)

For the caramelized bananas:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs water (replace with bourbon for bourbon caramelized bananas)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions:

For the french toast:

In a flat bottomed, high sided container (such as Tupperware) whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt until the mixture is completely smooth.

In a frying pan melt 1 tbs of butter over medium heat.

Dip, but do not soak, the banana bread slices in the egg mixture. Turn them around until they are completely coated.

Place the bread in the pan and allow to cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes or until the underside is golden brown. Turn the bread over and allow the other side to toast until it is golden brown.

Remove from the pan and serve immediately or keep warm in a container with a lid.

For the caramelized bananas:

Add all ingredients into a pan heated over medium low heat.Stir everything together and allow to cook while stirring periodically. The sauce will bubble up as it begins to caramelize.

The bananas are finished when they are tender and a deep golden brown. The sauce should be greatly reduced at this point.

To serve, lay out the french toast and top with caramelized bananas. Sprinkle on a little bit of powdered sugar if desired.

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