Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas are one of my favorite fruits and on any given day of the week you are sure to find at least one in the fruit bowl. What I really love about this fruit is that there isn’t a “season” for it. No matter the time of year, you can always find bananas at the fruit market or grocery store and even better is they are not too expensive. I think the most I’ve paid for them would be around $.69 a pound and that’s going high. Typically I can find them for $.39 to $.49 per pound, but even at $.69 a bunch of bananas is still under $2.00.

When I buy bananas, I like to get two bunches. One bunch is really green and the other is just past the green stage. This way I have bananas for at least a week, sometimes even two. Of course there have been times that I’ve let the bananas ripen and didn’t have an opportunity to make anything with them, so the freezer has several bags of sliced bananas to use in smoothies, bread, muffins, or even the recipe I’m going to share today for Bananas Foster topping, which is awesome on French toast, but equally as good on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, vanilla or caramel cake, crepes or even in yogurt.

Before I get into making the topping though, you might want to check out my post on Perfect French Toast. Here you will find the basics for making French toast as well as some tricks of the trade to make it the Perfect French toast. There is nothing worse than soggy, limp French toast. Following these simple guidelines will make soggy bread a thing of the past.

Although this post is truly all about the topping for the French toast, I would like to take just a moment to share my basic recipe for the egg/milk mixture which is the foundation for any French toast recipe. Regardless of what type of French toast you are making, other than a casserole, the recipe is the same:

  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream/Whipping Cream
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt

Whisk all of this together and you are ready to dip your bread.

This recipe will make between 6 and 8 pieces of French toast, depending on the size of the bread. If there is any egg mixture left over, just scramble it up on the griddle and you’ll have some rich, delicious eggs as well.

For the bananas foster topping I like to start by bringing butter and brown sugar to a boil in a cast iron skillet. I just love using cast iron, it heats evenly and quickly and keeps toppings like this one warm long after it’s removed from the heat. Then I add whipping cream and cinnamon and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add your sliced bananas and continue cooking until warmed through. Add vanilla and stir for one minute more. Done!

Pretty simple, don’t you think? This is such an easy topping to make and turns basic French toast into something extra special any day of the week. I’ve used this recipe time and time again and never gotten any complaints, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Bananas Foster French Toast

  • Servings: 6 - 8 Slices
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Ingredients

Basic French Toast:

  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream/Whipping Cream
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt

Bananas Foster Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Large Bananas, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients for basic French toast milk/egg mixture and whisk until egg is completely incorporated into milk. Set aside.
  2. Heat 10 – 12″ cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in whipping cream and cinnamon and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Begin preheating griddle.
  6. Add sliced bananas to brown sugar mixture and continue cooking until warmed through.
  7. Add vanilla and stir for one minute more.
  8. Grease griddle with butter.
  9. Dip bread into egg/milk mixture, flipping to coat evenly and place on hot griddle.
  10. Cook French toast over medium-high heat, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides.
  11. Top with bananas foster topping and optional whipping cream.

Cooking Notes

Bananas Foster topping is awesome on French toast, but equally as good on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, vanilla or caramel cake, crepes or even in yogurt. This is one topping that there is never too much of.

Recipe by: Tilly Frueh, Simply Grateful Cooking at https://simplygratefulcooking.wordpress.com/ – 2017

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