French Toast with Rum Bananas

May 5, 2008 · 20 comments · Print This Post

in Bread / Rolls, Breakfast

Pajamas Optional

French Toast – The Haiku

What else can I say
To quote Heiress P. Hilton:
My French Toast is HOT

French Toast with Rum Bananas (originally published by Dave Lieberman)

4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pinches ground cinnamon
4 (1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick) slices brioche, challah, cinnamon raisin bread or any moist and fluffy bread you like
2 tablespoons butter
Orange-Rum Bananas, recipe follows

Beat the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl until well blended. Pour the egg mixture into a baking pan large enough to give you room to turn and soak the bread. (A 13 by 9-inch pan works well).  Lay the bread slices in the egg mixture and let them soak, turning them several times, until the bread has soaked up all the egg. Turn them gently so they don’t break apart on you.

Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. When it starts to bubble, lay the soaked bread in the pan. Cook, turning once, until the bread is nicely browned and the egg in the center of each slice is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Serve warm with the Orange-Rum Bananas.

Note: If your skillet isn’t large enough to hold all the bread slices at once, cook them in batches. Before you start your first batch, preheat your oven to 200 degrees F (or “Warm”). Keep the cooked slices warm on a baking sheet in the oven while you cook the rest.

Orange-Rum Bananas :
2 tablespoons rum
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 large bananas sliced thinly on an angle

Heat rum, sugar, butter and orange juice in a large skillet until the butter is melted. Add the bananas. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat so the sauce is bubbling gently. Cook until the bananas are softened, about 4 minutes.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 anna May 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I say skip the food.
Who needs it when you have rum?
Bottoms up, my dear!


2 Sarah May 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Holy moly that looks good! I love breakfast foods…they should replace all other meals!


3 Hänni May 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm

When i first saw this picture i thought, oh yeeeeeah she’s found a recipe for my favorite french toast! But alas, while your posted recipe looks scrumptious, it’s no French Toast Royale.

Several years ago I took a trip to Gatlinburg, TN which has to be the pancake capital of the world. Seriously, pancake joints were EVERYWHERE. On a whim I ended up at the Log Cabin Pancake House where I had the most incredible french toast ever.

I have not been able to duplicate the recipe, but some people have gotten close to recreating the caramelly-cheesecakey-banana breakfast called French Toast Royal.

The french toast is just regular french toast. For the topping I have heard you can melt a bag of caramels or buy some caramel ice cream topping. Add to it some softened cream cheese + cream. In a separate pot mix together thick sliced bananas + butter (and maybe some brown sugar) and heat until caramelized. Stir together the caramel mixture and bananas. serve on top of thick-sliced french toast.


4 chip May 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Those rum bananas would go well on my local breakfast joint’s special: pancakes whose batter includes sausage, cheddar, caramelized onions and apples.


5 katy May 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm

those bananas sound amazing! my fiance loves french toast and the one time i tried to make it for him, it tasted good but it got a little blackened. i’ve been afraid to try it again ever since! yours looks perfect!


6 leigh May 5, 2008 at 9:27 pm

rum = yum!


7 CK May 5, 2008 at 11:33 pm

I can vouch for the awesomeness of this breakfast! The second time we made it we actually added a cup of diced mango to the bananas and it was just as amazing! Keep that in mind (be sure to think about adding a bunch of other fruits to the banana-rum combo)!


8 farida May 6, 2008 at 12:51 am

We make French toast for breakfast quite often. Rum bananas sound sound like a good idea. Looks delicious! I like your P.H. Haiku:))


9 Amy May 6, 2008 at 7:47 am

Looks so good!! Rum bananas over challah sounds like an amazing breakfast. 🙂


10 Erin May 6, 2008 at 10:19 am

Anna – Very nice. I wish everyone would respond in Haiku form!

Sarah – Thank you! And I completely agree. I’d eat breakfast 24/7 if my pants would allow it.

Hänni – Since you’re miss health conscious Queen I can’t believe you even typed the words “bag of caramel” and cream cheese in the same sentence 😉

Chip – I’m in Cambridge Chip is this breakfast joint even remotely close to me because those pancakes sound like they need to be my new best friend!

Katy – This will sound so lame but keep the heat medium to low and just cook it slowly. I totally did the same thing the first time I tried to make french toast. It was a charcoal mess. And honestly until I made this recipe last week I’d been afraid to do it again. Thankfully it came out. The best part though is that boozy banana topping. You don’t even need syrup when you have rum.

Leigh – My thoughts exactly!

CK – And to think, I didn’t even have to pay you to say that 😉

Farida – Thanks for mentioning my haiku! It was fun to come up with.

Amy – Oops…I actually used leftover Italian bread. Not enough lines in the Haiku to tell you that though. Ha ha


11 Elle May 6, 2008 at 11:58 am

I’ve been craving french toast for weeks now. You’re not helping.

Looks amazing!


12 Erin May 6, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Looks delicious! This will definitely be on the menu for our next Brinner!


13 Abbey May 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I have made a similar recipe. SO. GOOD!!


14 Elizabeth May 7, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I could eat this any time of the day!


15 Donald May 10, 2008 at 4:16 am

Yeah yeah! I am liking this!

I still have some rum leftover from our Jamaica trip last year. Coconut rum. I am gonna give this a shot.


16 Kevin May 10, 2008 at 11:33 am

The French toast with rummed bananas look so good!


17 Anessa May 23, 2008 at 10:19 am

Hanni… I also love that French Toast Royale in Gatlinburg and I have been trying for years to get the recipe… it is top secret i hear.

This french toast looks fabulous i am trying it in the morning.


18 Sues October 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Mmm this looks fabulous! I lovee french toast but love it so much more when someone else makes it for me!!


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