I am obsessed with breakfast. I wake up early every morning just so I can have enough time to cook a couple of eggs or some oatmeal and sit down with a cup of coffee before work. If all else fails, I’m at least grabbing a granola bar as I’m running out the door, because skipping breakfast is NOT an option.
Anyway, I spend a lot of time thinking about breakfast. And a couple of weeks ago, I was at work when an idea suddenly popped into my head:
French toast is the best.
Banana bread is ALSO the best.
So what if you put them together?!?
Of course, no idea is ever original, and as it turns out, I am hardly the first person to think of this breakfast mash-up. But nevertheless, once it was in my head I HAD to try it as soon as possible.
So I threw together some banana bread during the week and experimented over the weekend. The result: Two rights do not always make another right…but here, they totally do. If you’re a purist, this might not be the recipe for you. But if you like French toast, you like banana bread, and you like sweet, delicious breakfast food, you should definitely give this a try.
- 2 slices store-bought or homemade banana bread (I love to try different kinds of banana bread, but for this I just used this easy recipe. You want one that’s more bread-like than cake-like.)
- 2 eggs
- About 1/2 cup milk
- A pinch of salt
- A small pat of butter
(Optional: Lay the slices of banana bread out on your counter, covered with a paper towel, for 12-24 hours. This isn’t necessary, but I found that it helped the banana bread—which is denser than regular bread—soak up more of the egg/milk mixture.)
- Whisk the eggs, milk, and salt together in a small bowl.
- One by one, dunk the slices of bread into the egg/milk mixture. Turn to coat and let soak for up to 30 minutes. (Again, the more time to soak, the better)
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.
- Carefully transfer the bread into the pan with a spatula, and cook for 2-3 minutes (until golden brown) on each side.
- Top with fruit & any other desired toppings, and enjoy!
OPTION ONE: Fresh berries & powdered sugar
Option one was my favorite. Since the banana bread I used was pretty sweet, I felt like maple syrup would be overkill. The tartness of the berries was perfect. (Also, I don’t think there’s a breakfast in existence that isn’t improved by fresh berries.) But, if you use a less sweet banana bread and/or you’re feeling something a little more decadent, might I suggest….
OPTION TWO: Sliced banana & Nutella
Either way, this is a simple and yummy way to mix up your brunch routine. And, let’s be honest, any excuse to eat Nutella is worth a try. Happy brunching!