Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
I tried something like this in a restaurant on my honeymoon and this is my attempt at duplication. I love it. You can vary the filling if you like, but I love bananas. This is a great "impress the company" dish or Christmas morning dish.
- 2 large bananas, thinly sliced
- 1 loaf challah or 1 loaf brioche bread or 1 loaf cinnamon bread or 1 loaf other sweet bread, unsliced
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or 2 tablespoons Cointreau liqueur
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Cut the bread into (12) 2-inch thick slices.
- Cut a pocket in each bread slice, being careful not to cut through the other 3 sides.
- Put as many banana slices as the pocket can hold into each slice.
- Mix the remaining ingredients except for the butter in a shallow bowl.
- Dip the bread pockets into the egg and let soak for 2 minutes per side.
- Heat a griddle over high heat.
- Melt a bit of the butter on the griddle, then add the french toast, working in batches.
- Cook until golden brown on one side, then turn and brown the other.
- Keep warm in the oven until the rest of the toast is cooked, adding more butter to the griddle if needed.
- Serve 2 pieces per person.
- Serve with warmed maple syrup and fresh butter.