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Banana Bread sounds good, but what about making it as a French Toast?
Banana Bread is a staple dish for brunch, soft and tasty it can be served with butter, jam or greek yogurt. But so is French Toast... you can’t imagine a breakfast without it. So, what about making a Banana Bread French Toast? Is the perfect solution for brunch lovers, and for those who can’t choose between the two options!
Banana Bread became popular after the Fifties, when the famous Banana’s brand Chiquita released his cookbook in 1947, where it first appears the original and now world wide known recipe. The Chiquita version does not include any spice or nuts, but you can give a twist to your recipe by adding hazelnuts, pecan nuts or cinnamon.
French Toast origins are date long time ago, during the Romans time, however, even in this case they became really popular in the United States, and each country has its own name to call this sweet and easy-to-make dish, served with honey or maple syrup, fresh fruits, crispy bacon or simply with a drizzle of powdered sugar.
Now that we know everything about the original recipes, what about combining them together? For our version we’re going to get the inspiration from the original Banana bread recipe.
FOR THE BANANA BREAD
1 ¾ cup wheat flour
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ butter (room temperature)
2 tbsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
FOR THE FRENCH TOAST
4 slices of Banana Bread
4 tbsp of milk
2 tbsp of butter
maple syrup (or honey)
A NOTE ON MEASUREMENTS
We work with chefs from all around the world, which is why we include both imperial (cups/ounces) and metric (grams) measurements. To achieve best results, we highly recommend that you utilize a kitchen scale and follow the metric measurements when possible.
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MAKE THE BANANA BREAD
Preheat the oven to 180 C / 356 F. In a bowl, peal and mash the bananas with a fork. In another bowl, sift together the wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well.
Add half of the flour mixture with the butter and half of the mashed bananas until well combined. Finish with the remaining ingredients and mix again. Scoop the batter into a paper lined cake tin. Bake for approx. 50 minutes.
TURN IT INTO FRENCH TOAST
Into a bowl combine the egg with milk, mix the ingredients with a fork and set aside. Dip the Banana Bread Slices into the liquid. Put the butter into the saucepan and set on medium heat, place the first two slices in the centre fo the pan and let them cook for about two minuetes on each side, until they become golden-brown.
Once they are ready, serve the Banana Bread French Toast with maple syrup (or honey), powdered sugar and fresh fruits. You can also serve with greek yogurt and almonds.