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French Toast with Caramelized Bananas and Pecans
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French Toast with Caramelized Bananas and Pecans

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By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: April 2010

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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Portion size 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupchopped pecans
  • 6 6eggeggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cups5% cream or milk
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspmaple syrup
  • 1 tsp 1tspcinnamon
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1 loaf 1loaf(1 lb/500 g) egg bread
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter

Caramelized Bananas:

  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter
  • 6 6firm ripe bananabananas, halved crosswise and lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupmaple syrup
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcorn syrup
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupdark rum, (optional)
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Preparation

On baking sheet, toast pecans in 325°F (160°C) oven, about 6 minutes. Set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Cut egg bread into 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick slices; dip into egg mixture until soaked.

In large skillet, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter over medium heat; cook slices, in batches and adding more butter as needed, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to 2 baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350°F (180°C) oven until puffed and heated through, about 8 minutes.

Caramelized Bananas:
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat; fry half of the bananas, turning once, until golden and tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining bananas.

In same skillet, bring maple syrup, sugar, corn syrup and rum (if using) to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in bananas; simmer for 1 minute. Spoon over French toast; sprinkle with pecans.

Nutritional Information Pper each of 8 servings: about

cal 596 pro 13g total fat 19g sat. fat 7g
carb 96g fibre 3g chol 199mg sodium 497mg
potassium 570mg

% RDI:

calcium 17 iron 23 vit A 12 vit C 8
folate 34
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