Thursday, October 16, 2014

Banana Bread French Toast Sticks

When I’m trying to come up with a new and creative recipe, I tend to reminisce about foods I used to love as a kid. The intention is to take a new spin on an old favorite and make them even better than I remembered.

Here comes French Toast Sticks! When I saw them at the lunch counter in grade school I would salivate. Unfortunately (but not really unfortunate), I always ate breakfast at home before school started and didn't need to buy breakfast. This doesn't mean I didn't have a bag of frozen French Toast Sticks in the freezer at home for an after school snack!

Recently, I discovered that I love Banana Bread. One day, as I was eating Banana Bread and I said to myself, “Wait a minute, French Toast Sticks made from Banana Bread! Yes.”

I made this in a span of two days. The Banana Bread part of the show was the night before the French Toast finale and the anticipation was unbearable. With a touch of powdered sugar and syrup, this might be one of my favorite recipes yet. Enjoy! 

Banana Bread Ingredients

½ cup Butter - softened
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 Eggs - beaten
4 Ripe Bananas - smashed
1 ½ cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla

French Toast Sticks Ingredients

4 Slices of Banana Bread
1 Teaspoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Sugar
¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
3 Eggs - beaten
1 Tablespoon Butter
Powdered Sugar

Directions – Banana Bread

1.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter (not melted) and sugar in a large bowl.
2.     Add the eggs.
3.     Add the bananas, vanilla and combine.
4.     In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda.
5.     Add the dry mix to the wet mix and gently stir together.
6.     Grease a loaf pan and pour the mix into the pan.
7.     Bake for about one hour at 350 degrees.
8.     Set aside to cool for a couple of hours.

Directions – French Toast Sticks

9.     Slice the bread so that it forms a batch of 6-8 slices about 2 inches thick.
10. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, cinnamon, whipping cream, sugar, and honey.
11.  Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat.
12. Dip the slices of bread in the mix, shake off the excess and set aside on a plate.
13. Once the pan is hot, place the sticks into the pan. Leave some space in between the sticks to prevent overcrowding.
14. Cook for about 5 minutes per side.
15. Remove from the pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

16. Serve warm with syrup.