French Toast with Caramelized Bananas or Balsamic Strawberries

When I made my Healthy Brioche the first time, I thought, “This would make an amazing french toast!” Unfortunately,  I ate it all too fast and before the weekend came, along with it’s precious time,  I had finished the whole loaf. In my defense, a slice of the brioche toasted and topped with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter got me through the hectic weekday mornings. Having the same on those weekday evenings while I made dinner kept me from devouring 1,000 calories in one sitting! Ah mi!  Then a few weekends later I was able to make another brioche loaf and the first thing I did (well, the first thing I did the next day, which was thankfully a Saturday) was make me some french toast. Wohoo!

Now Emilie and I are both bringing you two delicious versions of french toast. Today, you have  my notorious sweet tooth to thank for this version of the traditional sweet variety. Then tonight, I get to be Emilie’s guinea pig for her version of french toast. While we prep for the Virginia Wine Expo and go over our tasting notes from last weekend’s Girls Day Out with our friends, we’ll be doing it over a french toast with  a savory twist…and stuffed to boot! Yeah! Breakfast for dinner! Stay tuned for that recipe!

French Toast with your Choice of Caramelized Bananas or Balsamic Strawberries

Serves 1*

Ingredients

     

French Toast
  • Two thick slices brioche bread (try our recipe)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon, freshly ground
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg, freshly ground
  • ¼ cup half and half or cream
Caramelized Banana Topping
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 banana, sliced
Balsamic Strawberry Topping
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ – ¾ cup strawberries

*Batter probably is enough for two servings depending on how much your bread soaks up

Directions

French Toast
  1. Crack egg into a shallow bowl and whisk to scramble.
  2. Add half and half or cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the egg and whisk to combine.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray if using non-stick.
  4. Dip the bread slices into the batter making sure each side is nicely coated and soaks up enough batter to become just a little squishy to the touch (but not enough that the bread falls apart on you!!!)                            
  5. Place bread in pan, either one at a time or both depending on how large your pan is.
  6. Cook on each side until golden.
  7. Serve topped with Caramelized Bananas or Balsamic Strawberries and with your favorite breakfast sides.
Caramelized Bananas
  1. After finishing cooking the French Toast, remove pan from heat and allow to cool just a little
  2.  Lower heat to medium-low
  3. Add butter to the pan and allow to melt.
  4. Once butter is melted, add the corn syrup and stir to mix well
  5. Raise heat back to medium
  6. Add bananas to the syrup mixture and mix to coat the fruit
  7. Allow the bananas to cook until soft and caramelized and the syrup thickens
Balsamic Strawberries
  1. After finishing cooking the French Toast, remove pan from heat and allow to cool just a little
  2.  Lower heat to medium-low
  3. Add butter to the pan and allow to melt.
  4. Once butter is melted, add the corn syrup  and stir to mix well
  5. Raise heat back to medium
  6. Add the strawberries to the pan along with the balsamic vinegar.
  7. Allow the strawberries to cook in the syrup until tender. (You may slice them once they soften and let them simmer some more in the balsamic syrup if you wish.)
  8. Optional: add a dollop of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt before serving
               

~Ruth

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9 responses to “French Toast with Caramelized Bananas or Balsamic Strawberries

  1. Pingback: Virginia Crush Bus Wine Tasting Notes – Tarara Winery, Hiddencroft Vineyards, and Loudoun Valley Vineyards | corkandspoon

  2. These look fantastic. Great ideas for next weekends breakfast & lunch. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Wow! What over the top french toast. Although if I ate the french toast I might want to crawl back in bed for a while.

  4. OMG! this actually makes me want french toast… I don’t even like french toast! It looks De-lish!

  5. This looks really good! I would like some now please with the caramelized bananas. 🙂

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