When I say the words “Bananas Foster French Toast”, what thought comes to your mind? For me it’s one all encompassing word. Scrumptious. The idea for this recipe was first inspired by a morning meal we partook in at one of our favorite Charlotte breakfast hangouts; The Flying Biscuit. Oh man, if you ever go, make sure to get the creamy dreamy grits. I think I literally break out into song right there at the table every time I take a bite. Never have I had a better grit. Ever. But I digress. This particular morning we were there, they just happened to have a list of breakfast specials and the one that caught my five year old’s eye was the banana’s foster french toast. Alright, I’ll admit, it caught my eye too. What’s not to love? Thick slabs of french toast, covered with caramel coated bananas and topped with fresh whipped cream. Uh, yea. Twist my arm.
I’ll be honest when I say that we ate breakfast and that was the end of it. The thought never even crossed my mind to create a batch of my own. And then last week, I was stopping by Lyndsey’s blog, Pinch of Yum, and she had the most delectable looking Caramalized Banana and Fig Oatmeal. Who knew oatmeal could be that exciting? I left a comment on her blog and mentioned the bananas foster french toast. Next thing I know I’m getting this comment on my Greek inspired slow cooker chicken in return:
“I love the addition of dill. Mmmmm… dill!! Also, I’m a tad disappointed that your post wasn’t about the bananas foster french toast! Will we get to see that anytime soon, I hope?!”
Hmmm. First the restaurant, then the oatmeal and now the comment. Yep, this recipe pretty much hit me upside the head and said make me. NOW. So that’s exactly what I did. Prepare to get your breakfast tooth, your sweet tooth, and your “I can now die a happy (and full) woman (or man) tooth on, cuz this recipe is about to take you to a whole new level of breakfast and give new meaning to the word scrumptious.
In this dish, bread choice can make make or break you, so for heaven’s sake, don’t grab the wonder bread sandwich loaf. Get yourself a beautiful hunk of challah or hawaiian bread that you can cut thick slices from and do just that.
Mix up a few eggs, a little half and half and some cinnamon. My general rule of thumb is one egg per slice of bread.
Now one by one, you’ll dip your bread into the egg mixture and pop it up on your griddle. Cook it up until it’s a beautiful golden brown color on both sides.
Now comes the good part. Brown sugar and butter. I’m so there.
Finish up your sauce with a little more cinnamon,vanilla and some maple syrup.
Bring on the bananas baby. I can almost hear them singing for joy.
Roll them around the pan a couple times to fully coat and you’re ready to go.
Let me tell ya, this recipe can feel free to club me upside the head anytime it feels like it. I’m thinking the next hit I’m going to take is from the creamy dreamy grits. What do you think? Anyone up for grits with their french toast?
Bananas Foster French Toast
Total Time: 45 min
For the French Toast
1 Loaf Hawaiian Bread (challah also works well)
1/4 Cup Half & Half
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
For the Banana Sauce:
4 Tbsp Butter
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Bananas, Sliced
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
For the Maple Whipped Cream:
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
Slice up your loaf of bread into 1 inch thick slices.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, half & half and cinnamon.
Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture being sure to coat both sides.
Cook up on a griddle for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
In a pan on the stove set to medium low heat, melt up the butter and add in the brown sugar.
Add to the mixture the syrup, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
Add in the bananas. Stir to coat bananas completely. Remove from heat.
To make the whipped cream, whip together your cream, maple syrup and sugar until stiff peaks form. Serve over the top of french toast.
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Nuts about food says
Now you have no choice, you HAVE to post about the creamy dreamy grits! Between this recipe and the oatmeal with caramelized bananas and figs, I don’t know where to begin.
I am bananphobic and hate the buggers but even I’m tempted!
This is a turbo breakfast Julie! One like this and my day would be made. Looks scrumptious indeed!
This looks serious! I love french toast and bananas! Thanks!
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
Yum!! I’m pinning this so I don’t forget about it. Definitely a must try recipe!
That looks like a lovely breakfast!
You’re killing me, Julie. The combination of how good this sounds and how good you make it look in your beautiful photos is almost too much for me! Sounds amazing…hopefully I can try it some morning soon!
Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It! says
LOVE FLYING BISCUIT!! That was our Sunday brunch place when we lived in Atlanta. In fact, the Cola Glazed Ham recipe on their menu was my husbands creation when he worked there!
Wow. This looks like the most divine and indulgent way to start the day.
Serving that for breakfast would make my family’s eyes pop! What a beautiful dish!
Oh that looks good . . . the only thing I would add (not quite as family friendly =) is a little rum or Grand marnier to the bananas as they’re cooking. My friends and I once made Crepes with Bananas Foster and it was INCREDIBLE. I think I need your French toast in my life.
Melissa R says
I wish you lived next door… maybe not I would prolly eat you out of house and home!! LOL!!
Laura in Cancun says
Oh french toast… how i love thee.
Ma What's For Dinner says
Simply sinful, darlin’! SINFUL!!! I love it.
Mari's Cakes says
What a great way to serve french toast. As always I love your recipe.
Have a great weekend 🙂
oh, i just died, thanks a lot! 🙂 anne
pictures made me hungry! thanks for the detailed recipe 🙂
Dear Julie, Thanks for hosting the party.
ps Your cooking is too delicious!
Kathy - Panini Happy says
I tried a similar recipe a few months ago and oh-my-goodness it was the best French toast! The caramelized bananas really take it over the top, don’t they?
Mandy - The Complete Cook Book says
I love French toast – your banana version sounds super yummy!
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
Oh yum! My husband is a French toast fanatic, I’m sure he would LOVE this!
Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says
OMG!! It’s here! Yesterday I returned from a vacation, and this morning, when I hopped on the computer to get caught up on my internet/blog life, I said to myself: Go find the bananas foster french toast recipe! I was definitely thinking about this during my vacation. 🙂 It makes coming back to reality a little easier when you have a recipe like this to look forward to. Thanks for fulfilling my request for the recipe… I cannot wait to try this!!
One ofthe fav breakfast item in my home.I love the maple cream idea.Woyld give the whole thing a pancake syrup taate.Thanks for sharing.I love the pictures of bread pieces on the board and on skillet.
Well that’s just beautiful. And it’s making me hungry. I’m thinking it’s time for this girl to get some lunch! 😉
A little bit of everything says
Oh French toast, how I love it. it was my favorite breakfast during childhood and still is. Almost nothing can beat it.
The addition on caramelized bananas takes it to a new level.
Thanks for sharing Julie
This looks like it might have to be breakfast real soon. Or maybe dinner. Dessert? Maybe I’ll just eat it all day. LOL
Yes Please! Can you come over and make this tomorrow morning? Just kidding, but really, it looks too good! I want to make some challah bread tonight just so I can make this tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! I hope you have a blessed Sunday. You make me smile 🙂
Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says
Wow that looks amazing!! The maple whipped cream sounds soooo good. 🙂
That restaurant sounds fun. I love being inspired by foods I eat while I’m out. I am definitely going to be making these soon. They look super duper scrumptious!
5 Star Foodie says
An incredible french toast, love the banana foster topping, so perfect!
Jean @ Lemons and Anchovies says
This looks amazing! I’m so in love with anything containing bananas right now. This would be a treat and a half for me. It’s gorgeous. 🙂
This recipe looks amazing. I’m glad fate inspired you to post it!
Feast on the Cheap says
This looks sooooooo good! Perfect for a SNOWY first-day-of-spring morning.
This sounds divine! I love french toast on yummy bread like that. We’re featuring breakfast this week at the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this! http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight
no lie–not 10 minutes ago, i was eating a piece of bananas foster upside-down cake for dessert. it’s safe to say i’d welcome bananas foster anything, and this’d make one heck of a fine breakfast!
I LOVE the flying biscuit!! It’s one of our favorite places to go for breakfast in Charlotte as well. If you can figure out how to replicate the cheesy creamy grits that so remind me of my childhood in Louisiana I will love you forever!! I can’t wait to make this french toast!
Laurie Gallamore says
The banana french toast looks delicious!! I’m the dork that just posted my sugar cookie recipes under my name instead of their name… oops!!! 🙂
Mmmm, I love French toast prepared decadently like this! Saving this recipe! Thanks!
Oh my goodness, that looks TOO good to be true. Yum!!!
Oh my goodness – seriously delicious? We have bananas foster on the menu for dessert this week!
Jackie Williams says
Just made this for breakfast–and it was AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂
This weekend was the first time to your site. I saw someone make bananas foster french toast on a show and had to try it. I’m staying with friends while I’m in the area for work. They don’t let me pay them for the room and board so I wanted to make them breakfast… Lemme tell you this was awesome! I thought I overdid the syrup but actually it had a banana flavor. Even the pieces I messed up on turned out great. And thanks for the tip on using Hawaiin bread- that’s my new thing for French toast. This was so amazing when I get to finally see my wife and kids I am making it for them too. The only suggestion I have is to give yourself a lot of time. Thanks!