Baked Banana Nut French Toast
This was a huge hit at a recent Sunday brunch. I made it the night before and baked it in the morning. I used a loaf of day-old rustic white bread. When it comes out of the oven, the pan is less than impressive. But when you cut a slice and invert it for serving, it looks fantastic. It had loads of banana nut flavor and the brown sugar and butter made an amazing sauce. I will absolutely be making this one again. (This recipe was submitted in 2008. It was tested and photographed in October 2015.)
- 1 and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter - softened
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 medium bananas - sliced
1 loaf cinnamon swirl bread (white bread will also work) - sliced
6 large eggs
1 and 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
How To Make Baked Banana Nut French Toast
Prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with a generous coating of cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter and corn syrup and mix until the texture is like coarse sand. Gently mix in the chopped nuts and banana slices. Spread this mixture over the bottom of the baking pan.
Place two layers of bread slices face down in the baking pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla until well mixed and frothy. Pour this mixture over the bread slices in the baking dish.
Cover and refrigerate for one hour (you can also make the night before and refrigerate overnight).
Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean (good idea to check it at 45 minutes).
Additional Cooking Note From Mr Breakfast
This was just as good warmed up later and served for dessert. As you can see, I went a little nuts and made a few servings with ice cream on top. So good!
This is an easy breakfast / brunch casserole that's especially good drizzled with real maple syrup and topped with a little whipped cream.
Mr Breakfast would like to thank florida222 for this recipe.
Recipe number 2441. Submitted 12/3/2008.