Brunch is really just an excuse to drink alcohol in the morning and eat dessert for breakfast, right? And this Banana Bread French Toast that is topped with Bananas Foster is as indulgent as it seems! The only thing that would make it more decadent would be to add a couple scoops of homemade vanilla bean gelato on top (which we may have done... ). Who needs a Summer body when you can enjoy this goodness??
What do I need to make this?
1. Banana Bread
First, you need banana bread. If you do not have banana bread in your house, this will not turn out the same. You can, of course, use regular bread to make this if you are only really here for the Bananas Foster topping. But I encourage you to plan ahead and buy or make banana bread to fully experience this delight! Check out our Nutella Swirled Banana Bread bread recipe if you don't already have a go-to banana bread recipe, or if you want an extra delicious version. We like to make and enjoy our banana bread for a day or so, then save several slices to make this on the weekend. If you do use a different kind of bread, we highly recommend thick-cut brioche.
If you have never flambéed anything, you are missing out on a bad-ass cooking technique that truly makes food taste better. We frequently add a bit of brandy, cognac, or rum to savory dishes like mushrooms, onions, chicken or steak, and light them on fire! Just like those savory dishes, using a bit of alcohol in a sweet sauce, like in Bananas Foster and catching it on fire quickly burns off the alcohol while retaining the flavor of the liquor. I'm not sure who needs to hear this but ALCOHOL IS FLAMMABLE! So be careful when using this technique.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL KIDS!We are definitely encouraging that you use fire in this recipe, but only if you do it correctly and with caution.
We do not want any of our wonderful readers to get hurt, so make sure you add the liquor into your pan as directed in the recipe, and use a long fireplace match or long-handled lighter to ignite your flame. Also, make sure you turn your vent fan on and wait for the fire to burn out completely before serving. The flame will be blue, so turning off some lights in your kitchen will help you to see it better to ensure it is completely out before serving.
3. Your appetite.
You should be hungry, this Banana Bread French Toast recipe is filling! You may think you need more than one slice, but it is very rich, so one slice is plenty! But you do you, live your life, and engorge yourself as much as you desire, we don't judge!
We hope you enjoy this Banana Bread French Toast - Foster Style recipe! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below, or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine.
Looking for more brunch dishes? Check these out:
- Eggs in Purgatory – Italian Baked Eggs in Garlic Tomato Sausage Sauce
- 4 Delicious Cheese-Filled Crêpe Recipes
- Mushroom Shallot and Mascarpone Cream Tartlets
- Goat Cheese, Spinach, Basil and Prosciutto Quiche
Banana Bread French Toast - Foster Style
For The French Toast
- 6 slices banana bread - sliced and let out at room temperature overnight
- 2 cups whole milk
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tbs unsalted butter
For The "Syrup"
- 6 tbs unsalted butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 bananas - sliced
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1.5 oz dark rum
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
MAKE THE TOAST
- Preheat your oven to 170°F (to keep the french toast warm).
- Get a large skillet to temperature on medium high heat on the stovetop. Melt the butter in the skillet.
- Meanwhile, whisk the milk, flour, eggs, vanilla and sugar well. Drench the banana bread in the mixture for at least 5 seconds - letting the liquid soak into the bread a bit.
- Add the bread (probably two batches) and cook on both sides to golden brown. When finished, remove to a rack on a sheet pan and put the toast in the oven to keep warm.
MAKE THE Banana's Foster "SYRUP"
- Add butter to a skillet on medium to medium high heat.
- Once melted, turn heat to medium or slightly below medium and add the brown sugar to cook until incorporated.
- Add the cream and stir to incorporate fully, then add the bananas to heat for about a minute.
- Turn heat to medium-high for 1 minute. Then, turn off the heat and CAREFULLY add the rum (DO NOT POUR STRAIGHT FROM THE BOTTLE). Carefully light the rum on fire using a long matchstick or long stem lighter, and flambé (yes, think Bananas Foster) until the flame burns out (about 30s). Sprinkle on the cinnamon. Or, if you are putting on a show, shake a little cinnamon over the flames while the pan is still flaming. You can still add some more after if you want that cinnamon taste.
- Serve the toasts with the syrup and bananas over the top and feast! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.