Bananas Foster French Toast


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This Bananas Foster French Toast recipe is made with rich & buttery brioche bread topped with a caramel banana sauce!

A perfectly dipped french toast is taken to the next level with caramelized Bananas Foster spooned over top. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a deliciously special breakfast.

Bananas Foster French Toast on a plate with ice cream

Breakfast or Dessert?

Bananas Foster was designed by chef Paul Blangé at Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans.  It simmers bananas in a rich caramel rum banana sauce.

In this recipe, the Bananas Foster is cooked and then added as a topping to a rich French Toast made with brioche bread.

ingredients to make Bananas Foster French Toast

Ingredients

BREAD Buttery brioche bread is the perfect bread for French Toast. It is made with eggs, milk, and lots of butter and so it’s thick and fluffy. Can’t find brioche? Then any thickly sliced bread will do – white, Texas Toast, or French.

SAUCE This recipe calls for dark brown sugar, but light brown sugar can be used in its place.

We used Meyer’s rum in this recipe, but again, any dark rum of choice will do. If rum is omitted from the recipe, then it doesn’t need to be ignited or burned off. The sauce will still taste delicious.

VARIATIONS Try making our French Toast Casserole, baked in the oven. Top this casserole with the Bananas Foster sauce.

No Rum? No problem! Rum extract (or even maple or brandy extract) can be used in place. You’ll only need a tiny bit as extracts can be quite strong.

coating bread with egg mixture to make Bananas Foster French Toast

How to Make Bananas Foster French Toast

This impressive dish is super fun to make, and it’s actually simpler than it looks!

  1. Prepare French Toast:
    • Dip bread into the egg mixture per recipe below.
    • Cook in a skillet or on a griddle.
  2. Prepare Bananas
    • Cook sugar, butter, cinnamon & salt until it boils.
    • Add bananas & cook.
    • Add rum & vanilla, then light it on fire until alcohol burns off.
  3. Serve and Enjoy!
    • Spoon banana mixture over French toast.
    • Serve & enjoy!

process of adding bananas to pot to make Bananas Foster French Toast

French Toast Tips

  • Bread that is a little bit stale (slightly crusty) is the secret to a crispier French toast as it soaks in more of the custard. To do this cut the loaf (if it isn’t already sliced), and let it sit out overnight. The bread should be a little bit dry and ready for cooking by morning.
  • Be sure to dip the bread long enough to let the custard mixture soak in so it’s moist in the middle.
  • Use medium-low heat to cook the bread so it doesn’t burn before the center is cooked. If you don’t have a griddle, a skillet works too.
  • Keep cooked French toast warm in the oven at 200°F if preparing batches.

Bananas Foster French Toast on a plate

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Bananas Foster French Toast on a plate with ice cream
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Review Recipe

Bananas Foster French Toast

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Holly Nilsson
Light & fluffy French toast is smothered in a Bananas Foster sauce and served warm straight from the stovetop!

Ingredients

French Toast
  • 1 loaf brioche bread 16 ounce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Bananas Foster
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Instructions

  • Preheat the griddle to 275°F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk.
  • Add milk, brown sugar, and vanilla to the egg mixture, and beat until combined.
  • Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture and place on the griddle, cooking 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large stainless steel skillet, melt dark brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt and stir until a light boil begins.
  • Add the bananas in a single layer and cook for 1 minute, then flip.
  • Add rum and vanilla then use a long match or grill lighter to carefully set the mixture on fire and flambe the bananas until the alcohol cooks off.
  • Top the french toast with the banana mixture and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Dark rum can be omitted from the recipe, if desired, but then is not technically bananas foster.
If rum is omitted, you do not need to burn it off.
Slice bananas at least ½ inch thick but you can slice them larger.
Bananas foster should be enjoyed immediately.
Light brown sugar can be used in place of dark.
I used Myer’s rum in the recipe, but any dark rum of choice will do.
If you are not using a nonstick griddle, you’ll want to use nonstick spray on your griddle or pan.
If brioche isn’t available, thickly sliced French bread, white bread, or Texas toast can be used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 646, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 301mg, Sodium: 573mg, Potassium: 343mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 1215IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 141mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Bananas Foster, Bananas Foster French Toast, Bananas Foster French Toast recipe, how to make Bananas Foster French Toast
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
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