New Orleans's Breakfast: Bananas Foster French Toast
I have a new cooking obsession: French toast. I am not sure how this happened, considering that a year ago I hated the stuff. Now, somehow, I have found myself scouring the web, cookbooks and magazines for new variations to make. I make it not just for breakfast, but also lunch and dinner. I have found immense comfort in freshly prepared French toast and rich coffee for dinner on these increasingly frequent stormy nights.
After asking around, I discovered the idea of stuffing otherwise ordinary French toast with a Bananas Foster mash. The resulting product far outshines its predecessors. This stuff is like breakfast crack. Try it for yourself and also please feel free to leave me other French toast suggestions, including types of bread, recipes, cooking styles, etc. Help me feed my obsession.
New Orleans's Style Bananas Foster French Toast
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon rum
Mash all the above ingredients together until they form a uniform paste.
French Toast Batter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup organic whole milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Beat ingredients together in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
Bananas Foster Sauce
- 2 sticks of real butter
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons rum
- 2 tablespoons cream
Heat a saucepan to medium-high heat. Melt the butter and brown sugar together. Add the vanilla. Remove from heat and add the rum, then ignite with a long kitchen match. Once the flames have died down, whisk in the cream until smooth. Set aside.
- 1 loaf of day-old French bread , cut into 3-inch pieces
- Powdered sugar
- Extra butter for frying
Heat a sauté pan to medium heat and melt a little butter in it. Hollow out a center in each piece of bread and stuff with the banana mash. Dredge the stuffed bread into the French toast batter and immediately fry until golden on all sides. Repeat with remaining bread.
Top the French toast with the bananas foster sauce and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Add some fresh berries, chopped pecans, or more sliced bananas for a pretty presentation.
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