Thick slices of bread are soaked in a spiced custard mixture and then cooked until golden brown, and then drizzled with a warm, boozy rum sauce made with brown sugar and bananas to make the best bananas foster French toast! It’s a dish that’s sure to impress and delight absolutely everyone!
Who says breakfast can’t be an indulgent affair? With this Bananas Foster French Toast recipe, you can treat yourself to a sweet and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s a dish that’s perfect for those times when you want to indulge in something sweet and satisfying, without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Plus, with its warm, spiced custard and gooey rum sauce, it’s a recipe that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who tastes it. So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a little bit of breakfast luxury?
When it comes to making Bananas Foster French Toast, the type of bread you choose can make all the difference. The key is to select a bread that’s sturdy enough to hold up to the custard mixture and won’t get too soggy when cooked. For this reason, we recommend using thick slices of Challah, Brioche, or Texas Toast, which all have a dense and slightly sweet texture that pairs perfectly with the spiced custard and rum sauce. Not only do these breads hold up well during cooking, but they also provide a rich and buttery flavor that makes this dish even more indulgent.
The star of this recipe is the warm and boozy rum sauce, which is made with brown sugar, butter, and sliced bananas. Once the sauce is cooked, you can choose to pour it over the French Toast and serve it as is, or you can ignite the rum for a dramatic flair. To do this, simply add the rum to the sauce, turn off the heat, and then use a long lighter to ignite the rum. Swirl the pan gently until the flames subside.
Rum gives this dish its classic flavor, and it is necessary for the flambé. However, if you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you can substitute with apple juice.
We promise this is easier than it looks, but if you still would rather not flambé your bananas foster, you can always skip it and instead continue to cook on the stovetop for an additional two minutes to let the alcohol cook out.
Can I Make Bananas Foster French Toast Without Nuts?
The walnut or pecan topping is completely optional. We know you’ll love bananas foster even without them!
Frequently Asked Questions
The amount of time you should soak the bread can vary depending on the thickness of the bread and how dense it is. As a general rule, aim to soak the bread for about 30 seconds on each side, or until it’s saturated but not falling apart.
Yes, you can make French toast ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the French toast in a toaster oven or regular oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
Well, you certainly don’t have to. Of course, that would simply make regular French toast!
Storage & Reheating Instructions
If you have any leftover French Toast, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the slices in a toaster oven or regular oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
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Bananas Foster French Toast
- 2 cups milk
- 5 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup rum
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 16 thick slices of Challah Brioche, or Texas Toast
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 3 bananas sliced into coins
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans optional
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs.
- Add in the flour, brown sugar, rum, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture until it is saturated, then cook the bread on each side until it is golden brown.
- To make the rum sauce, heat the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the mixture becomes bubbly. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the sliced bananas and gently stir and cook until they become tender, which takes about 4 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and remove the skillet or saucepan from the stove. Add in the rum, and then carefully ignite it. Swirl the pan until the flames go out. (Alternatively, you can pour the sauce over the french toast and then light it for a special effect!)
- Drizzle the rum sauce over the cooked french toast and serve. Optional: top with walnuts or pecans.