Thursday, January 31, 2008

Banana Stuffed French Toast

I was craving some comfort food for dinner last night, so we ended up having breakfast - Banana Stuffed French Toast. I've made stuffed french toast a few times, usually with raspberries, but since I had bananas in the house, they won out. I didn't have french bread to make pockets, so I just put the banana slices between two pieces of regular bread. The end result was pretty tasty, but a little bit sweeter than my usual french toast.

Banana Stuffed French Toast
8 slices bread
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup butter
confectioners' sugar for dusting

Place 5 or 6 banana slices on piece of bread; top with another piece, pressing firmly. Repeat until you have 4 "sandwiches". In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, orange juice and orange zest. Dip the bread slices in the mixture, allowing slices to become saturated.
Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Place a few slices at a time in the skillet, and cook, turning once, until both sides are golden brown. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with warm syrup if desired.

Did You Know...
Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The average banana contains about 450 mg, so a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure.

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