“Never Make Contact With Someone Eating A Banana.” -Harry Styles
Let’s Blog Over French Toast…
Have you ever craved something so bad like french toast, went out to breakfast, ordered your meal, got excited for what was to come, and then became really disappointed at the lack of greatness your food was, because that’s not how it was supposed to be in your head??? It can’t just be me?! That’s part of the story behind this french toast…
What’s In The Fridge?
I was living in San Diego, and it just happened to be the night when Think Like A Man the movie came out. I remember being so excited to see it because the book was exceptional. Following that movie, I went somewhere with Audi, had a great time, went on the hunt for carne asada fries, and horchata. Failed miserable. So I went home, miserable and hungry. It was basically the walk of shame but for food. For failing to find the food you craved and needed for your soul!!!
I walked to my kitchen and saw that I had ingredients for french toast, an adult beverage, bacon, eggs- basically breakfast-but I didn’t want just breakfast. I wanted the B E S T breakfast. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m not the best at everything, just most things, lol- but I make the best french toast! It’s everything you could dream of.
Here’s What You’ll Need
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
6 Tbs. firmly packed dark brown sugar
Kosher salt, to taste
4 day-old slices brioche, Texas Toast, or other egg bread, each 1 inch thick
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
4 bananas, cut on the bias into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup dark rum + a little more (eye it)
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
3 Tbs. water
Preheat an oven to 200ºF.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cinnamon, milk, 1 Tbs. of the brown sugar and a pinch of salt until well combined. Pour half of the egg mixture into a deep pie dish. Soak 1 bread slice, turning once, for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining bread and egg mixture. Gently pour any remaining egg mixture over the bread until absorbed.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1 1/2 Tbs. of the butter. Add 2 bread slices and cook, turning once, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire cooling rack set over a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with 1 1/2 Tbs. of the butter and the remaining bread.
In another skillet over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 3 Tbs. butter. Add the bananas and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully pour in the rum, then add the remaining 5 Tbs. brown sugar, the vanilla bean paste, water and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat the bananas evenly. Simmer until the bananas are soft and the sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer the French toast to individual plates and top with the bananas. I served it on a huge platter with bacon, fried eggs, fresh fruits, and champagne.
Fulfilling My Promise
So I promised you that I’d tell you a few ways to get involved with Dinner Party Tonight.
Second, I would L O V E your thoughts on what sort of recipes you’d love to see in the cookbook. Write me a note – either in the comments section below or at firstname.lastname@example.org – and let me know some of your favorite recipes from Blogging Over Wine that you want to see in the book.
Third, I need help recipe-testing! As I post recipes from the book (like today!), I’d love it if you could make them and send me feedback. I’ll be tweaking as I go.
Last, I’m putting together a fun series of storytelling at dinner parties that I’d love for you all to be a part of! Once a month, I’ll put together a complete dinner party menu on Pinterest, with recipes and a storytelling topic. These are my favorite type of dinner parties, and I’d love for you all to join in, host your own, and send me pictures, which I’ll post on the blog. More details to come…