Decadently Luxurious, Surprisingly Simple!
It’s been a long, tiring week at work, and busy mornings means skipped meals or things thoughtless scarfed down on the go. When the weekend finally rolls around, and we can lazily make our way in the kitchen for something to eat, it’s nice to take the time to make something special. French Toast is a weekend breakfast classic, but it has so much more potential than powdered sugar and maple syrup! With this quick and easy recipe, you can emulate the flavour of those high-end brunch venues, without the crowds or hefty price tag. What’s more, this recipe can be amp’d up with all kinds of toppings, since the mellow, sweet taste of banana complements a wide range of tastes. Or, it’s delicious on its own, with a side of whipped cream. The choice is yours!
- 4 slices of Brioche bread, frozen
- (pre-sliced is best, but if you can’t find it, any brioche will do)
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana, ripened
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1 tbs. dark brown sugar
- 1 tbs. butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Sprinkle of cinnamon or powdered black sesame* (See Notes)
Panko breadcrumbs, to coat
Start off by mixing together the eggs, mix, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large, rimmed dish. Depending on which version of this toast you choose, add cinnamon or black sesame, to taste.
Next, place the four slices of frozen brioche bread into the egg mixture. By freezing the bread beforehand, you can soak up more of the liquid without the brioche turning into soggy mush.
While it’s soaking, heat the buttered pan on medium-low, and cut the banana into thin slices.
Once the brioche is soft, gently press the banana slices into the bread, distributing evenly.
Move the brioche to the pan, and pour the rest of the egg mixture on top. Coat with Panko breadcrumbs. By lightly breading the toast, you can get a nice, crunchy exterior and a fluffy, eggy inside!
Cook both sides until golden brown, and then transfer to a plate.
Serve with a side of whipped cream, or vanilla creme fraiche!
While working on perfecting this recipe, I’ve tried dozens of different combinations, and found that these were some of the best!
If you chose to add Cinnamon, consider:
For Black Sesame, bring out the fusion flavour with:
Azuki bean paste (homemade or canned, can be found in Asian supermarkets)
Kinako (roasted soybean flour)
Mix in matcha powder with your whipped cream to make it extra delicious!
These are just some suggestions, try it out with all of your favourite things! This easy-to-follow recipe is guaranteed to bring your brunch game up to the next level. Make your next weekend kickstarter something to remember!
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