Tuesday, October 12, 2010

French Toast with Caramelized Bananas & Pecans

Although I am not a huge fan of French toast, my family definitely is and we had our friends Dave, Siobhan, and their kids staying over for Thanksgiving...so I chose this recipe from Canadian Living because it looked delicious and would feed a crowd at breakfast ~ we paired it with bacon and sausages and it was fantastic!!!

1/3 cup chopped pecans
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups 5% cream or milk
 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 loaf of egg bread
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp butter
6 firm peeled bananas, halved crosswise and lengthwise
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • On a baking sheet, toast pecans in 325F oven for approx. 6 mins.  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.  Cut egg bread into 3/4" thick slices; dip into egg mixture until soaked.
  • In a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat and cook the slices, in batches and adding more butter as needed, until golden, approx. 3 minutes.  Transfer to 2 rimmed cookie sheets.  Bake in the oven at 350F until puffed and heated through, approx. 8 mins. Place in a large 9" x 13" casserole dish, and set aside.
  • Caramelized Bananas:  Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt half of the butter over medium high heat.  Fry half of the bananas, turning once, until golden and tender, approx. 3 mins.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining bananas.
  • In the same skillet, bring maple syrup and brown sugar to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer for 2 mins.  Stir in bananas; simmer for 1 minute.
  • Spoon over the French toast and sprinkle with the pecans.
  • ENJOY!!


  1. Where do you come up with this stuff? Seriously, you need to publish a cookbook!! I know, I can come visit for like... a month... and take all the photos for the cookbook, and you can cook up a storm. When are you free :-)

  2. Awww thanks Vic! I think I'll leave the cookbook publishing to my friend Moira Sanders who just wrote the 'Harrow Fair Cookbook' with her sister!!!
    I can't take credit for this one as it came out of 'Canadian Living Magazine', but I think I might have to do a slightly different version where I "butter" the French toast with peanut butter and maybe some Nutella as well as the bananas!!!!!