You had me at ‘caramelized.’ Nothing says decadent Sunday Brunch like French Toast. This recipe has so much more sticky wow flavor than Bananas Foster, New Orleans will call you for the recipe. It’s almost like you melted a praline and poured that smooth joy of the classic Louisiana candy over crispy slices of fried bread.
If you want something truly over the top, try this with chunky slices of homemade Panettone to bring the holiday celebrations anytime. Or you can find the Bauducco Panettone brand in your bakery. It’s moist fresh and made with Sun-Maid raisins. Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday cake carefully prepared in a process that takes 52 hours. My mom adores this bread cake. If you’ve never had it, you’re in for a treat and it may never make past your mouth it to the French Toast part of the recipe!
Caramelized Banana and Pecan French Toast
- 1 loaf Brioche or Challah bread sliced 3/4-inch thick (fresh or semi-stale)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 3-5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 10 oz butter 1 1/4 stick
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1-3 tablespoos water
- 4-5 bananas sliced
- 3/4 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 200º F.
- In a large pan over medium heat, melt 1 1/4 stick butter. When it’s bubbly, whisk in brown sugar and stir until it dissolves. If it needs more smoothing out, add water, a little bit at a time, until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
- Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens. Cover, remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs and yolks together.
- Stir in milk and heavy cream, and add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
- One at a time, soak each piece of bread in egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides and giving each slice a few seconds to absorb liquid. Let excess liquid drip back into bowl.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter.
- In batches, transfer bread to hot pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. 4-6 minutes total. (Add more butter when needed to grease the pan.)
- Place cooked pieces in a large baking dish and set in oven to keep warm.
- Return caramel sauce to medium heat and add in banana slices and pecans. Toss well to coat them completely and serve on top of French toast.