Joined: 02 Nov 2006 Posts: 15 Location: Basel, Switzerland
Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:30 pm Post subject: Banana-stuffed French Toast
This is my first recipe posting
This morning, finding myself alone in the house and with some time, for once, to make myself breakfast beyond my usual hastily-scarfed-down yogurt (I am working as an au pair for a family with two-year-old twins and a one-year-old, so my mornings are usually insane), I decided to go all out. The improvised breakfast-food inspiration I ended up with was so delicious and easy that I decided to share it here - I'm sure it would work wonderfully with thinly sliced apples or pears as well!
(A note: as an Ignorant American, I thought most people knew how to make French toast. But the Swiss French family I'm living with, at least, finds it quite strange - so I'm explaining the whole process... sorry if it seems excessive!)
For one serving:
2 slices - not too thick - of day-old bread (or, you know, two or three days old. But if you can, don't use packaged presliced American-style bread, for anything, ever)
big splash of milk
1/2 ripe banana, thinly sliced
about 1-2 tsp. butter, plus a bit for the pan
about 1-2 tbsp. honey
about 1/2 tsp. spice of your choice (I used what amounted to pumpkin pie spice: a couple pinches of cinnamon, with a small pinch each of ground cloves, nutmeg and ginger; just cinnamon would be great, too)
Melt a little butter in a frying pan over medium heat. In a shallow cereal/soup bowl, beat the egg and milk with a fork. Dip a slice of bread in the liquid to coat both sides, and leave it for a minute to soak up the "batter"; flip it and wait a bit longer, then throw it in the pan. (Not too violently, of course.) Repeat with the second slice of bread, using up all of the liquid in the bowl. When lightly browned on one side, flip to brown on the other (you want to make sure the egg cooks through, so if it's browning very quickly, turn down the heat under your pan).
Meanwhile, in a little cup or something (I used an espresso cup, and a butter knife to stir - very professional) combine the butter, honey and spices; blend well. Slice up your half-banana, if you haven't already done so. When your French toast is cooked to your liking, turn off the heat under the pan, and remove one slice onto a plate. Spread about half of the honey-butter on this slice, and arrange (quickly) the banana slices on top. Remove the second slice of bread from the pan and place it, hottest side down, on top of the bananas to make a sort of sandwich. Spread the rest of the honey-butter on top of this, wait a few seconds and dig in - the hot French toast will have cooked your bananas a little bit, making them soft and even sweeter.
Enjoy! Experiment! (And make yourself a good breakfast whenever you possibly can!)
~ Melissa _________________ We are here on this earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you different.
Now this sounds totally yummy! I like bananas but they generally do not like me however this uses only a small amount of banana set against a good portion of other goodies. I just might give it a whirl! I'll just have to steal a banana from the grandkids. _________________ Vivant Linguae Mortuae!!
Joined: 29 Oct 2006 Posts: 218 Location: Heaven, actually.
Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:30 pm Post subject:
We have one and only fantastic breakfast joint here in Billings, run by the indomitable Daniel Mc Cormick. He serves up a stuffed french toast that rouses you up from a dead sleep on sunday morning and causes you to set out in robe and slippers like a B-movie zombie, arms outstretched, headed for his door.
He stuffs thick sliced bread (I'd use Brioche, but he uses the local bakery's crusty white) and fills it with sliced bananas and a sweetened mascarpone cheese and sour cream blend.
Its close to a religious experience!
Enjoy wowing your charges!
Welcome to the forum! _________________ There is only one way to die- With a full stomach and a good tan.
Joined: 02 Nov 2006 Posts: 15 Location: Basel, Switzerland
Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:23 pm Post subject:
David - definitely give it a try! It's really not much banana. Or use some kind of other fruit - I have to admit, I couldn't resist making the same thing again on Saturday but with apples this time, and it was delicious. The tartness and slight crunchiness of the apples was a wonderful complement to the rest of it.
Jen - that sounds incredible! I've tasted something similar (well, in principle, anyway) before, with cream cheese, raspberries and chocolate chips; the Billings version sounds not quite so heavy and gooey, and absolutely mouth-watering. I worked for a couple of summers at a family camp and fine dining restaurant in northern Vermont, and the chef was totally nuts but very good (I get the impression that this is a not very unusual combination among professional chefs). I spent a lot of time loitering around the kitchen, pissing him off, and in return he'd often try out his more out-there new dish ideas on me. Since I have good things to say about pretty much any food at all, the arrangement worked out nicely for us both. One of these experiments was the cream-cheese-and-chocolate-and-raspberry French toast - it was a bit much, but I thought the overall idea of putting something sweet and fruity inside warm French toast was an excellent one. And of course, I ate it all.
ps. Thanks for the welcome! _________________ We are here on this earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you different.
Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:24 pm Post subject: Orange Brioche French Toast with Bananas Foster
This one is still in progress. I'll post the final recipe to my site when I have it perfected...
For the Toast
1/3 cup cream
1 tbs. Orange flavor (real stuff)
zest of one orange
3 tbs. juice of orange
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 loaf Orange Brioche, sliced
1 recipe bananas Foster (follows)
Heat butter in skillet. Mix the first six ingredients with a whisk. Dip both sides of the bread slices in the egg mixture. Cook the bread slices in the skillet until golden brown on both sides. Keep warm.
Prepare the bananas Foster. Heat 4 tbs. butter in skillet, add 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tbs. of dark rum. Heat until sugar dissolved. Saute 3 sliced bananas in this.
Top toast with the Bananas Foster, a sprinkle of coconut and powdered sugar. Someday I will write this out with completely tested results, but this is the working recipe. When I do that I will post it to my recipe blog. _________________ You are always welcome in my kitchen:
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