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Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

French toast is a classic breakfast dish that can be made many different ways. This recipe for Easy Bananas Foster French Toast is a variation on the traditional recipe, with a few extra ingredients to make it even more delicious.

The french toast is topped with caramel sauce, bananas, blistered cherries and bacon, making it a sweet and salty treat that everyone will love.

This Bananas Foster French Toast Recipe is perfect for a weekend morning when you have time to relax and enjoy your meal. The combination of sweet bananas, tart cherries, and crispy bacon is sure to leave you satisfied.

Serve Bananas Foster french toast for dessert with a school of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. It’s got all the flavors of classic Bananas Foster, but it’s simple to make and comes together in just a few steps. Plus, this version is family friendly and extra delicious with blistered cherries and bacon on top!

So if you’re looking for an easy and tasty breakfast idea, give this recipe a try!

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.
Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

What is Bananas Foster?

Bananas Foster is a classic New Orleans dessert that consists of bananas sauteed in brown sugar and butter, then flambeed with rum and served over ice cream. The dish was created in the early 1950s at Brennan’s restaurant, and has since become a popular dessert around the world.

If you’ve never had Bananas Foster, you’re in for a treat! This rich and decadent dessert is sure to please any sweet tooth. And, it’s actually quite easy to make at home.

For this Bananas Foster french toast we are taking a bit of a family friendly shortcut by omitting the rum, and using prepared caramel sauce. It makes for an incredible breakfast that is quick to make and sure to please everyone at the table!

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

What is the Best Way to Cook French Toast?

There are a few different ways that you can cook French toast. But, in my opinion, the best way to cook it is in a cast iron skillet.

Cast iron skillets hold heat really well, which means that they will cook the French toast evenly on both sides. Plus, you can use them on the stovetop or in the oven.

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can also use a non-stick skillet or a griddle. Just make sure to heat it over medium heat so that the bread doesn’t burn.

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

What Is The Best Bread for French Toast?

When it comes to making French toast, there are a few different types of bread that you can use. But, in my opinion, the best bread for French toast is going to be a tie between brioche and challah.

Brioche is a type of French bread that is made with eggs, butter, and milk. It has a rich flavor and a soft, fluffy texture. This makes it ideal for French toast because it soaks up the egg mixture and becomes nice and custardy.

Challah is a type of Jewish egg bread that is made with eggs, flour, water, yeast, and sugar. It has a slightly sweet flavor and a dense, chewy texture. This makes it perfect for soaking up the egg and milk mixture.

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

Tips for Making the BEST French Toast

  • Ensure your ingredients for the custard (french toast batter) are room temperature to start.
  • Stale bread or oven-dried bread works best for this recipe. 
  • Whisk the custard well and until the eggs are completely incorporated.
  • Cook the French toast over medium heat. If your pan gets too hot, the bread may get brown too quickly without giving the custard time to cook through. You may have to adjust the heat as you go.
  • When making larger batches, to keep the French toast slices warm as you cook, preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cooked French toast slices on large baking dish in the oven. Don’t keep them in there longer than 20 minutes, or they’ll begin to dry out.
Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

How to Store Leftover Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster french toast is best served immediately after preparing. You can store the different components separately in the fridge, in air tight containers, for up to 3 days.

Reheat in a dry skillet or in the microwave on a heat-safe plate. If using the microwave, make sure to heat in short intervals and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t dry out.

Ingredients set out on a board.

About the Ingredients for Bananas Faster French Toast

Dairy – We are using a combination of heavy cream and whole milk for the best flavour and results. You can definitely substitute both with non-dairy milk or lower fat milk products but the fat from whole milk and cream combined makes a world of difference in flavour and gives the french toast a creamy, custard-like interior. Make sure your dairy or substitutes are room temperature.

Sugar – We are adding just a touch of sugar to the batter. You can absolutely skip this entirely if you prefer a less sweet french toast.

Vanilla – Using pure vanilla extract will give the toast the best flavour but you can absolutely substitute with artificial vanilla if that is what you have on hand.

Egg – Use room temperature eggs for the best results.

Spices – Warming spices and salt really makes Banana’s Foster something truly special.

Oil – Using a combination or butter and oil gives us the best of both worlds – it doesn’t smoke and burn when frying but has all that buttery flavour.

Bread – Use a thicker cut good quality bread. Pass on the sandwich bread and look for brioche bread or something similar. Slightly stale bread works best for french toast. For the French toast shown in the photos, I used Honey White from the amazing Breadsmith Baking Company. They are based in Ohio but have outlets all over the Midwest and other areas, check their website for a location near you.

Caramel sauce – I would highly recommend making your own caramel sauce while it is still warm for the best results. You can also use store bought caramel sauce and warm it up. I like to use my favourite homemade caramel sauce recipe. Use as little or as much as you like.

Bacon – Good quality thick cut bacon provides a little savoury break from all the sweetness, plus the crispiness is a nice textural contract to the french toast. Make the thick cut bacon ahead of time, placing crispy slices on paper towel to absorb the excess grease. Set aside.

Banana – Go for just very firm but just ripe bananas if you are going to opt for cooking them in the caramel sauce, or just very perfectly ripe if you are going to slice and add them directly to garnish the french toast.

Cherries – Using maraschino cherries is a good option to be able to enjoy this dish year round. That said, try swapping in fresh cherries when they are in season. Just pit and halve the cherries and pan roast them as described in the recipe. The blistered cherries can be make ahead of time as well.

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

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Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

How to Make Bananas Foster French Toast with Blistered Cherries & Bacon

Yields: 3 Servings | Prep time: 15 Minutes | Cook time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup of whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 ground cloves
  • 1/4 Sea salt
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 6 slices of bread
  • caramel sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • thick cut bacon, cooked until crisp
  • 1 banana
  • 10 – 12 Maraschino cherries

Directions:

In a large bowl combine whole milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, sugar, pure vanilla extract and an egg, mix well.

Combining custard ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and continue to mix. Pour mixture in a long casserole dish. Set aside.

Over medium heat place a large cast iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.

Bread dipped into the custard in a baking dish.

Dip 2 slices of bread into the French toast batter making sure both sides are well covered and place in your skillet.

French toast frying in a cast iron skillet.

Cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping halfway. Remove, add more butter and olive oil if you like (I always like to). Repeat steps until all the french toast is made.

In a separate skillet add a tablespoon of butter and several cherries, heat should be on medium high. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Allow cherries to blister then remove to a bowl ready to assemble to Bananas foster french toast.

Assembled bananas foster french toast on a plate.

Slice a banana lengthwise and place 2-3 slices on top of each serving of French toast. Alternatively you can slice the bananas into thick cut coins and heat them in a skillet with the caramel sauce for a more traditional presentation.

Pour a generous amount of warm caramel sauce over each serving of prepared French toast, add slices of bacon and blistered cherries then dust with powdered sugar.

Serve and enjoy.

Bananas Foster French Toast
Yield: 3 SErvings

Bananas Foster French Toast

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup of whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 ground cloves
  • 1/4 Sea salt
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • caramel sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked until crisp
  • 1 banana
  • 10 - 12 Maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine whole milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, sugar, pure vanilla extract and an egg, mix well. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and continue to mix. Pour mixture in a long casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Over medium heat place a large cast iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.
  3. Dip 2 slices of bread into the French toast batter making sure both sides are well covered and place in your skillet. Cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping halfway. Remove, add more butter and olive oil if you like (I always like to). Repeat steps until all the french toast is made.
  4. In a separate skillet add a tablespoon of butter and several cherries, heat should be on medium high. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Allow cherries to blister then remove to a bowl ready to assemble to Bananas foster french toast.
  5. Slice a banana lengthwise and place 2-3 slices on top of each serving of French toast. Alternatively you can slice the bananas into thick cut coins and heat them in a skillet with the caramel sauce for a more traditional presentation.
  6. Pour a generous amount of warm caramel sauce over each serving of prepared French toast, add slices of bacon and blistered cherries then dust with powdered sugar.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

Note: Make the thick cut bacon ahead of time, placing crispy slices on paper towel to absorb the excess grease. Set aside. The blistered cherries can be make ahead of time as well.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 844Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 753mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 5gSugar: 44gProtein: 19g

This information is provided as a courtesy and for entertainment purposes only. This information comes from online calculators. Although frugalmomeh.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent breakfast recipe served with blistered cherries and bacon for an easy twist on the classic.

Shannon Gnocato

Saturday 25th of March 2017

There is nothing about this recipe that I wouldn't eat! I love breakfast - not just at breakfast time but for any meal of the day!

kathy downey

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

This must taste sinfully delicious,will try some weekend for a tasty treat

Lynda Cook

Sunday 20th of September 2015

Oh my these look soooooo good!!! this would be an awesome treat for after a long hard week!!

mrdisco

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

that looks super amazing

Jackie M

Saturday 12th of September 2015

Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Going to try this for Sunday breakfast!

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