Thursday, January 27, 2011

Banana Chocolate French Toast

I'm always happy when I get to sneak chocolate into something and call it breakfast. Especially since I've started watching what I eat, in hopes of de-fluffing myself. When I saw Ricardo make this the other day, on his Food Network Canada show Ricardo and Friends, I knew we'd soon be having this for breakfast. With Queenie waking up dry, a few days in a row, I thought this would be a great celebratory breakfast.

And what a breakfast it was. Nice golden, tender French toast, dripping with a warm chocolate sauce, topped with sweet bananas. I was intrigued with the fact that brown sugar was used in this recipe. I do use sugar in my French toast recipe, but it is white sugar.


The kids went gaga for this. Especially the chocolate covered bananas. I think they wouldn't have even cared if there was no French toast, LOL. I used some Hershey Kisses, for the chocolate sauce and it was awesome! I'm sure it can be used for so much more than just this recipe. It would be really good over some profitta rolls, or even ice cream. I used some Ancient Grain bread for these, trying to keep it a bit on the healthier side. It was a great indulgent treat, to celebrate my little girl growing up, just a little more.

Banana Chocolate French ToastCourtesy of : Ricardo Larrivée (Food Network Canada)

Yield :4 servings

6 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao), coarsely chopped
1 cup 15% or 35% cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups milk
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 slices firm white sandwich bread (preferably day-old) or brioche
1/4 cup salted butter
2 bananas, sliced

In a saucepan, heat the first three ingredients over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate melts. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Thoroughly soak the bread in the mixture, about 3 minutes per side.

In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt half the butter until it foams. Fry half the bread until golden, 4 to 5 minutes a side. Keep warm. Repeat with the remaining butter and bread.

Top each piece of French toast with banana slices and drizzle with warm (not hot) chocolate sauce.

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Julie said...

Wow! I love it when I have an excuse to eat chocolate in the morning. Have this bookmarked and can't wait to try it! I am a new follower and would love to have you follow me back at thefarmgirlrecipes.blogspot.com

The Farm Girl

Miz Helen said...

Your Banana Chocolate French Toast looks delicious. I would just love this combination. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

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Susan said...

Oh my - don't even know what to say. THIS LOOKS AMAZING - chocolate, bananas - my family would love this!

Susan www.ugogrrl.com

Lisa said...

Oh sweet heaven, this is the kind of breakfast that dreams are made of. I have a linky party on my blog every week called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your recipe up.

Amy said...

You've got all the ingredients I love in 1 recipe! YUM!

Wendy said...

HOLY COW! That looks awesome! Just stopping to say thanks for linking up to Tip Day Thursday last week. Sorry that I'm a bit late.

Around My Family Table

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday. I hope you'll be able to join me again.

Desi said...

Oh my, this is calling my name! Love french toast, love chocolate, love bananas! What does that mean? That I HAVE to make this!

I am your newest follower :)


Kristen said...

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at This Week's Cravings - please join us next week for Easter treats!

Chaya said...

First, I really admire your photos. You had good content to take pictures of. When I took a look at this, I almost swooned. It jumps out at you and I know I wanted to take it and eat it, on the spot.

Thanks for linking it to Let's Do Brunch. This could be the star of a brunch table.