Tuesday, January 10, 2012

lazy sunday banana (and rum!) french toast

Can we all agree that Sunday brunch is a truly special thing?

There's no rhyme or recipe to the perfect Sunday. Sometimes Sundays are rushed, so we just take an extra 5 points to make a spectacular batch of french-pressed coffee (or a tea latte for me!). Other Sundays, we're feeling like a splurge and we make our way out to Urth Caffe or Bottega Louie for a luxurious plate of eggs and a cappuccino.

And then there's Sundays where you want to stay in. In bathrobes and bare feet. And not make your bed. And then you eat platefuls of french toast bathed in bananas and rum sauce. And you don't feel one bit ashamed about it. Nope.

Oh and there was some whipped cream too.

This recipe is easy and delicious. You can completely morph it into your perfect Sunday brunch. Don't like bananas? Ok, use fresh pitted cherries or pears or blueberries. Don't have french bread laying around? Croissants, brioche, even sliced sandwich will do.

All I ask from you is no stress. Sundays are not meant for stress. There are Mondays for that. Sundays are meant for sleeping in, reading blogs, and eating platefuls of french toast.

Banana Rum French Toast
serves 2

4 slices french bread (or whatever type of bread you have)
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon all-spice
1/2 teaspoon cinammon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoons butter, separated
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons simple syrup
1/4 cup rum
Whipped cream

Whisk the eggs, all-spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt together. Dip the bread in the mixture, let soak on either side for at least a minute. Mix 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan, over medium high heat. Place bread slices in the melted butter. Cook until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes) and then flip until side is golden brown, as well (about 2 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in another pan, over medium high heat. Slice banana into about 1/4 inch slices and toss in the melted butter. Drizzle in simple syrup and then carefully (don't burn yourself!) pour in the rum. Cook down about 5 minutes.

Serve 2 slices of french toast with sliced bananas, rum sauce, and a dollop of whipped cream.

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