Saturday, March 27, 2010

Banana Nut French Toast



My favorite breakfast recipes are those that can be made the day before, placed in the refrigerator, and popped in the oven the next morning.
This recipe came together very easily. It is kind of French toast/caramel roll with the butter and brown sugar layer. The bananas definitely also add to the sweetness. We enjoyed it this morning with a couple strips of thick-cut bacon.
I made half the recipe in an 8x8 pan and it worked perfectly.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
3/4 cup(s) packed brown sugar
2 large ripe bananas, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 (12-ounce) long loaf French or Italian bread, cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices
3 large eggs ( I used one egg and one egg white)
1 cup(s) milk
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/4 cup(s) sliced almonds or coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions:

1. In microwave-safe small bowl, heat butter in microwave oven on High 1 minute or until melted. Stir sugar into butter until moistened. With fingertips, press sugar mixture onto bottom of 13-inch by 9-inch glass baking dish. (It's okay if mixture does not cover bottom.) Spread fresh or dried fruit over sugar mixture; top with bread slices, cut sides down.

2. In medium bowl, with whisk, beat eggs; whisk in milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Slowly pour milk mixture over bread; press bread down to absorb egg mixture. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap from baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 45 to 50 minutes or until bread is golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Note: If you don't have bananas, substitute 3 to 4 very ripe pears or peaches (about 1 1/2 pounds), sliced; or 1 cup dried cherries, cranberries, or raisins.

Recipe found on Delish.


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