Saturday, November 20, 2010

Banana French Toast Casserole


The best situation on a Saturday morning is to wake-up and know exactly what you are planning to make for breakfast. Maybe you've already made a casserole that needs to only go in the oven or you at least have a plan.
Today was not one of those Saturdays.



I walked in the kitchen to see three bananas on the counter that were bought last Sunday and by this morning they were definitely giving me the stink eye. Sitting right next to the bananas was a loaf of beautiful whole wheat harvest loaf with grains, nuts (walnuts and sunflowers) and even some wheat berries. 

That can be the makings of a great breakfast casserole.
So I chopped about 5 cups of large cubes of the bread and put it in a square casserole dish with the bananas and a custard mixture. The texture from the bread worked really well with the sweetness of the bananas. It was a perfect breakfast.


Banana French Toast Casserole
5 cups dense wheat bread (better if it includes nuts like walnuts and sunflower seeds)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
5 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas sliced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8x8 glass casserole dish with butter. Add the 5 cups of cubed bread and sliced bananas. Make sure the the bananas are incorporated into the spaces in between the bread and are throughout the casserole. Layer at least one sliced banana on top. In a mixing bowl add the heavy cream, milk, eggs and sugar and whisk together. Pour over the bread and bananas. Put in the oven for about 40 minutes or cooked through and golden brown.

10 comments:

  1. How tasty! I have made french toast casserole before, but I love how you added the bananas! Yum...

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  2. This looks hearty and amazing!

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  3. This looks absolutely fabulous! I'm thinking it would be a great way to start Thanksgiving!

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  4. I made this today...for a breakfast tomorrow morning...and added pecans to the top of it. Just make sure you cover the dish if you are baking the pecans on top

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  5. Made this today. Might have needed a little more bread (pretty gooey still) but man the flavors are amazing. I added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to really kick it up. Thank you for the super simple recipe!!

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  6. Made this and it was scrumptious! I added 1/3 fat cream cheese softened with milk because I didn't have whole milk or heavy cream. I also added cinnamon and vanilla!

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  7. I made this last Saturday morning. We live in Dallas Texas which recently got hit with a huge ice storm. This recipe was the PERFECT thing to warm our tummies, it was truly fabulous! I did follow the advice of others and added 1 tablespoon of vanilla as well as sprinkled nutmeg and cinnamon on the top :) Truly delicious!

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