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Banana Foster topping served over French toast on a white plate.
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Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster French Toast are tender and golden brioche French toast topped with the most decadent caramelized brown sugar banana topping. This easy French toast recipe is mouthwatering delicious!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Bananas Foster French Toast, French Toast Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 586kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 slices brioche bread (day old is best)
  • Unsalted Butter for frying (about 6 tablespoons or more, as needed)
  • Whipped cream for serving (optional)

To Make the Custard

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To Make the Banana Topping

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dark rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 2 firm bananas, peeled and sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

To Make the Custard

  • In a medium bowl or shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, sugar, Half and Half (or milk), cinnamon and vanilla.

To Make the French Toast

  • Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  • In batches, dip the bread into the custard to coat both sides. Remove the bread from the custard mixture letting the excess moisture drip off.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter into the skillet. Place the bread in the pan and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until lightly golden. Remove the French toast from the skillet and place on a rack or baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. Add more butter to the pan as needed and repeat with the remaining bread.

To Make the Banana Topping

  • Heat the butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the brown sugar and maple syrup and cook for about 5 minutes or until all the sugar has melted and thickened slightly. Add the pecans (if using) and mix to combine. Add the banana slices and cook for about a minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the rum or rum extract. Return the pan to the heat and cook for about 3-4 minutes. This will burn off the alcohol in the rum leaving you with just the flavor.
  • To serve, place a couple slices of French toast on a plate and spoon the bananas and syrup over the French toast. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream (optional)

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Notes

  • Stale bread or oven-dried bread works best for this recipe. 
  • The alcohol in the rum evaporates as you simmer the sauce. However, you can use rum extract, if you prefer.
  • The bread cooking times will vary depending on the thickness and density of the bread and the amount of custard soaked into each piece of bread.
  • You can make the custard the night before. When ready to use, place the mixture in a shallow dish, like a pie plate or baking dish to easily dip the bread.
  • The alcohol in the rum burns off when you simmer the sauce making this French toast recipe kid friendly!
  • Nutrition facts are only an estimate and will vary depending on brand of ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 435mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 3mg