Friday, December 5, 2014

Egg Nog and Bananas Foster French Toast

My fabulous cooking friend Kim has been posting "25 Days of Egg Nog Recipes" and she inspired me last night. Oh did she inspire me!!! I fed myself a decadent dinner and packed up the leftovers for friends at work today.  Who doesn't like French toast? And who doesn't want to jazz up this simple dish every once in a while? Well, the bananas in my fruit basket were calling my name and the egg nog was already in my fridge anticipating Kim's suggestions. I'm happy to share this simple, yet decadent recipe. Oh, and it's a one dish meal, how nice is that?
Bananas Foster French Toast
Serves 3
6 slices firm white bread
3 large eggs whisked
1 cup eggnog
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
Banana Syrup/Sauce:
3 bananas sliced 1/4 inch
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 T unsalted butter
3-4 T water
Butter and Canola Oil for sautéing the toast
Ready for some simple instructions and mediocre pictures?
Combine eggs, egg nog, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk together until you have a smooth custard. Soak each piece of bread in the mixture.
I didn't let them get too soggy, and placed each piece of bread on a tray until I was ready to fry them. In large sauté pan, add some butter and canola oil and heat on medium low. I did not measure the amount, but you know me, I was pretty careful not to over do it. Now add your egg-noggy soaked bread and cook a few minutes until slightly brown on each side. I was able to cook 3 at a time.
Remove cooked bread from pan and set aside. Now it's time to cook the bananas. In same pan that you cooked the toast, add the butter and brown sugar and cook until they are combined. Now add the sliced bananas and let them caramelize in the sugary mix. I wanted to stretch the sauce, so I added some water which seemed to work fine for me.
I did a double decker plate for myself. I took one slice of toast and topped it with the bananas.
Then I added another slice of toast and topped it with more bananas. Of course I topped the whole shebang with powdered sugar.
How can you make this even better? Add a few slices of bacon. That would do it for me. Or a shot or two of whiskey or rum to the banana sauce. I love being decadent during the holiday season!


Paula Todora said...

Okay. This is genius. Love your step-by-step photos too. I WILL be making this soon!

Linda said...

Thanks Paula. I hope you give this a try. So simple, don't ya think?

Kimberly said...

I love this Eggnog French Toast and add in the flavors and fruit of Banana Foster.....HEAVENLY! Glad I could inspire you...wasn't sure my 25 countdown would be a fun thing for everyone or not. This makes my day!!!

Linda said...

Keep it going Kim. I'm looking forward to more recipes!