Monday, April 2, 2012

Let's Talk Bananas and (Not) Running

Let's pretend we run.  Let's pretend we do yoga/pilates/ballet/whathaveyou.  We have a great imagination, so I'm thinking we can come up with something athletic to do (in our brains, of course).

Go it?

Okay.  Now let's pretend we just came home from our sweat-infested, heart-pumping exercise routine and we are going to reward ourselves with french toast.  Hey!  You earned it!

But what kind will we make?  You can't just make regular french toast.  Lame-town, USA.  Who does that?  Not us.  Not ever.

As we look left, we notice the black ripe bananas sitting on the microwave.  Man, we're geniuses.

Let's make a sweet banana sauce, fry up some sliced bananas, and put THEM on our french toast.  YOU HAVE ALL THE BEST IDEAS.  

Thirty minutes later we are sitting down to a plate of what can only be described as sweet perfection.  Brown sugar and butter compliment our fried bananas in a sauce you want to share with everyone you meet.  Perfect thick slices of bread from the farmers market down the street scream "YOU'RE GONNA LOVE ME" as they soak up said bananas sauce.  And the cat is freaking out because she thinks she's getting some of this goodness.  Paws OFF, cat.

Bananas Foster French Toast

for the french toast:
4 eggs
1 1/2 whole milk (or whatever you have on hand)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
pinch of salt
ground cinnamon (for sprinkling)
1/2 tablespoon of butter (per pan-full of french toast)
farmers bread (brioche or challah will also be amazing)

for the banana sauce:
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ripe bananas, sliced on a bias at 1/2" intervals

*preheat the oven to 350 degrees and have a rimmed cookie sheet at the ready; also preheat a large skillet on medium heat and begin to brown butter with each batch of french toast*

In a wide, shallow  bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and salt.  Dip thick slices of bread (1-2 per person) into the mixture, letting it soak for a few seconds.  Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top of each slice.  Pan fry for 2-3 minutes per side (flip when golden but not overcooked). 

 Once everything has been pan fried, place all the slices of partially cooked french toast on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  

Meanwhile, make the sauce...

In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter and brown sugar together, stirring occasionally.  When they just begin to bubble, add the sliced bananas and stir to coat.  Cook for 5 minutes.  

To assemble, place slices of french toast on plates, then top with the bananas and their sauce.  You can add syrup or powdered sugar if you want, but neither are necessary at ALL.  Keep away from cats with agendas.

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