Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Breakfast - Banana Stuffed French Toast

My parents took Daisy overnight for us so we could enjoy a late night out with friends, so I wanted to cook them a nice breakfast when they brought her back this morning. I decided to do a stuffed French toast and browsed some recipes for ideas on what to use for the "stuffed" part. This recipe looked really good, so I changed some things, took some things out, and added some things to make it my own.

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp sugar (plain old granulated sugar)
  • a few dashes of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Strawberries for garnish

Directions

  • Heat a bit of olive oil and butter in large nonstick pan or griddle; I like to use a large griddle that covers 2 burners. Additionally, preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Slice bread into slices about 1 1/2 inches thick, not using the ends (I got 6 slices out of a regular loaf of French bread). Then slice 3/4 of the way through each slice, just about in the middle, making a slit for the stuffing.
  • Mix thinly sliced bananas with brown sugar
  • Whisk eggs with milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and regular sugar
  • Take a spoonful of the banana mixture and put it into the slit of each piece of bread. Make sure the bread closes around the stuffing.
  • Dip stuffed bread in the egg mixture being sure to coat both sides and edges completely. Let the bread sit in egg mixture just a touch longer than you would with a thinner bread; you want to make sure the egg soaks more than just the surface of the bread.
  • Put the bread onto the griddle and cook on each side for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Transfer bread to a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes to cook the bread all the way through.
  • To serve, I sprinkled a bit of powdered sugar onto each piece of toast and also garnished with a strawberry that I cut into a fan.

WOW!!! YUM! Just a touch of maple syrup made it complete. The bread was sweet and crunchy, and the stuffed center was a gooey, tasty surprise.

I can imagine making this toast with all sorts of fillings - apple, strawberries or a mixture of berries, pears, or mango and papaya for a Caribbean flair.

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2 comments:

Patsyk said...

Wow! That looks incredible! I may have to make that next time my in-laws come up and sleep over.

bethanyjg said...

This looks awesome!