If you are a fan of having dessert for breakfast, then our bananas foster french toast is going to rock your world! To say we are obsessed with this indulgent breakfast recipe is an understatement. We know you are going to love this, and keep coming back for more!
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What is bananas foster?
Bananas foster is a decadent dessert that only takes a couple of ingredients to compose. It is typically served in a bowl, and consists of an oversized scoop of ice cream, caramelized bananas and a scrumptious brown sugar, butter rum sauce.
Oftentimes bananas foster is served table side at a restaurant. To prevent the ice cream from melting, the bananas are sautéed in the rum, sugar and butter sauce. Then the bananas are set on fire as the alcohol caramelizes the outer layer! It is truly a spectacle, and a must try if you see it on a menu.
The history of bananas foster
Prior to the 1950s, bananas were not readily available in most grocery stores. It was around that time that modern day refrigeration technology was becoming more available! And with that came the import of bananas.
The southern states in the US were the first to have access to this Central and South American fruit! So when bananas hit New Orleans, restauranteurs were eager to incorporate it into their dessert menus. The owner of Brennan’s Restaurant, Owen Brennan, was especially excited about adding banana to their menu.
Owen challenged his head chef to get creative and develop a rich dessert featuring bananas. The chef came up with this delicious dessert and it was named for Richard Foster, a friend and fellow local business owner. Brennan’s Restaurant is still in business, and they serve over 15 tons of bananas each year!
How to make bananas foster french toast
- Slice your challah loaf.
- Make your egg wash in a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
- Arrange the slices of bread in a deep oven safe baking dish. We love using a dutch oven or a similar circular dish with high sides!
- Pour the egg wash over the top of the challah slices. Try to distribute it evenly across the slices. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Once ready to bake remove cover. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Separately, heat butter in a medium sized pan.
- Add the brown sugar, heavy cream, salt and vanilla to the pot. Whisk it together until it is thoroughly combined. It will look a light brown caramel!
- Next, slice your bananas into the stock pot. Cook them until they are soft and gooey.
- Scoop the caramel sauce and bananas on top of the challah french toast.
How to store leftover french toast
Honestly, we are pretty confident that you aren’t going to have any leftovers of this recipe. But just in case, they are very easy to store! Box up any extra bananas foster french toast in an airtight container. Leftovers are best when consumed within 3 days of cooking!
Other french toast recipes you are going to love!
We have the sweetest spot in our hearts for french toast. Both of us are utterly in love with dessert – it is our favorite meal of the day. So making our breakfast sweeter is a no brainer.
Here are some other delightful french toast recipes to try:
- From the sweet cream cheese to the flaky croissants, our Berry Stuffed Croissant French Toast is on of the very best. You can quickly throw this together ahead of a group brunch and impress everyone you’re cooking for! It is effortless and delish!
- If you liked this crossover recipe between bananas foster and french toast, then our Churro French Toast is perfect for you. Churros make for such a comforting dessert. The warming cinnamon and nutmeg are incredible for french toast!
- Another mash-up recipe we love is our Baklava French Toast. It has all the characteristic flavors of the mediterranean dessert, baked into french toast! It is a low mess recipe that the whole family is going to love!
- Our Nutella Croissant French Toast is to-die-for. It is filled to the brim with nutella hazelnut spread and topped with chocolate chips! It might be our most indulgent french toast recipe we have to offer.
Bananas Foster French Toast
- 1 loaf challah bread
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 medium bananas not too ripe
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice your challah loaf.
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
- Arrange the slices of bread in a deep oven safe baking dish. We love using a dutch oven or a similar circular dish with high sides, approximately 12-14 inch round!
- Pour the egg mixture over the top of the challah slices. Try to distribute it evenly across the slices. Cover and let soak for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Remove cover and bake for 35-40 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Separately, in a pan melt butter on medium-high heat.
- Add the brown sugar, heavy cream, salt and vanilla. Whisk it together until it is thoroughly combined. Reduce the heat to medium and let cook for 2-3 minutes, it will look like a caramel sauce.
- Next, slice your bananas and add into the caramel sauce. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 1-2 minutes or just until bananas begin to slightly soften. Scoop the caramel sauce and bananas on top of the challah slices.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.