I never wake up before 9am on the weekends, especially when is cold and cloudy… no way José! That is why we usually have a hefty brunch. These french toasts are so quick and easy that believe me, leaving your house in the hunt of a tasty meal is a much bigger effort.
For this recipe I used bananas because I had 3 old bananas on hand but if you don’t have any bananas around, don’t panic, you can caramelize apples or pears pretty much the same way or you can also have them with a drizzle of honey on top and some fresh berries, the possibilities are endless.
Ingredients for the french toast:
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup double cream
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch fine sea salt
- 4 slices bread (1 inch thick), preferably a day or two old
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Maple syrup, honey or bacon for serving (optional)
Ingredients for the caramelized bananas:
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 2 tablespoons light muscovado sugar
- 3 medium size ripe bananas, sliced
- 2 tablespoons whisky or dark rum, you can also use water instead
In a bowl mix the eggs with the cream, vanilla, allspice, cinnamon and salt. Place your bread slices in a shallow dish in one layer. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and let soak for around 15 minutes, then turn the slices over and soak for further 15 minutes. If you are planning on having bacon this is the time you can start cooking it, I grill mine in the oven, they take around 5 minutes on each size in a 200 Celsius (392 °F) preheated oven.
Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over a medium high heat, fry the slices until golden brown on each side, approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side.
For the caramelized bananas, have all the ingredients ready because you need to be quick. Place the butter and sugar in a low heat skillet, once the butter has melted whisk to combine and add the sliced bananas followed by the liquid of your choice, toss around for around 5 minutes until everything looks sticky and golden.
This recipe serves 2 very hungry people or 4 people with normal size bellies.