I am not a morning person. Therefore, I do not make big breakfasts-that’s my husband’s job-but occasionally I think he needs a break so I say I’ll make breakfast. And I almost always make something that I can prepare the night before and then just have to pull out of the fridge and pop it in the oven in the morning. One of these recipes is my Breakfast Bread Pudding and the other is a baked french toast recipe. Baked French Toast is so much easier than trying to fry up individual pieces of bread for everyone.
I usually make Baked French Toast with berries, but I had bananas on hand the other day, so I made it with those and called it Bananas Foster Baked French Toast because giving a recipe a fancy name always makes my family think I made something special. Baked French Toast sit overnight in its rich, creamy custard. The next morning, when you put it in the oven, the egg and cream soaked bread puffs up with a creamy filling and the outside develops a crispy sweet shell.
Traditional Bananas Foster recipes call for flambe but I think: fire + me when I first wake-up=fire trucks, so I just caramelize the topping and call it good.
Bananas Foster Baked French Toast
by Laura Bray
For baked french toast:
- 1 small baguette. Preferably a day old, cut into 3/4 inch slices.
- 5 eggs
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2-3 bananas, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Instructions for Bananas Foster Baked French Toast:
- Butter a 9×13 baking pan.
- Lay slices of baguette in the baking pan. You only want one layer, so if you have extra slices make croutons with it, but be sure you really stuff those pieces in tight!
- Whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk together. Pour over the bread. Cover with foil and place the pan in the fridge overnight.
- When you stumble into the kitchen in the morning,preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the french toast for 35-40 minutes, uncovered until puffy and golden.
- While the bread is baking, make the topping. Melt the butter and sugar in a hot skillet until they caramelize. Add banana slices and cook a few more minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, but not completely. You want it to be warm, but not burn the inside of your darling family’s mouths.
- Spoon banana-caramel topping over baked french toast and serve.
- Go back to bed.