This decadent Baked French Toast With Banana Brûlée will be the star of your next brunch. Lucious French made with a touch of Grand Marnier and topped with Banana Brûlée – what’s not to love?
The recipe for Baked French Toast with Banana Brûlée comes from Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor by Tasia Malakasis, the CEO of Belle Chevre.
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier, optional
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. table salt
- 6 large eggs
- 1 12-oz. French bread loaf, cut into 16 (11/2-inch-thick) slices
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- Maple syrup
- Whisk together first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Dip bread slices on both sides into egg mixture. Place bread slices in a single layer in a buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Cover and chill overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Remove baking dish from refrigerator, and let stand while oven preheats. Uncover dish, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until set and bottom is lightly browned.
- Remove baking dish from oven, and top French toast with banana slices. Sprinkle brown sugar over banana slices. Caramelize brown sugar using a kitchen torch, holding torch 1-2 inches from bananas and moving torch back and forth. Serve with maple syrup.
Choose the fat loaves of French bread for this dish—you want something softer than a skinny baguette. Even a loaf of Italian bread will work just fine.
**Recipe from Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor and reprinted with permission.
If you are a fan of Southern Living magazine – or if you just love good old-fashioned Southern cuisine, then you are going to love Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant dishes rooted in homegrown flavor by Tasia Malakasis.
I had the pleasure of briefly meeting the author at Belle Chevre, her creamery located in the small town of Elkmont, Alabama. Tasia is a beautiful woman, both inside and out. Judging by her cookbooks, she has to be a fabulous cook as well.
Southern Made Fresh
In Southern Made Fresh, she starts the cookbook just like you would your day – with breakfast. The pictures are mouth-watering and the recipes are practical. Tasia’s Herbed Goat Cheese Frittata and Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Frittata will be among the first dishes I try once my chickens start laying eggs. Brunch is the next item on the menu with recipes such as Rhubarb Coffee Cake, Spicy Bloody Marys, Grits with Red-Eye Gravy, Sweet Potato Hash, along with Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes, Buttermilk Granola Muffins, and Brown Sugar-Glazed Bacon, plus several more dishes that would be great for lazy weekend mornings or get togethers with friends.
Like salads? Then the chapter titled Noonday Comfort is where you should go. Recipes in this section include Watercress & Apple Salad, Collar Green Cobb Salad, Egg Salad, and BLT Buttermilk Blue Slaw. Lunch recipes range from Shrimp Burgers to Summer Corn Soup with Corn Salsa to Tomato Pie with Fresh Corn and Herbs (it is the featured dish on the book’s cover).
In “A NIBBLE HERE and There,” there are plenty of recipes for elegant snacks to have on hand to whip up in a flash. You can practice Southern hospitality with her recipes for Cranberry-Pistachio Cheese Logs, Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, and Parmesan Cheese Straws. There are recipes in this chapter that are sure to make your next cocktail party a hit.
SIPS, SHAKES, and Shines is sure to wet your whistle with recipes for spirited drinks like Pomegranate Margaritas, Spiked Jalapeno Lemonade, and Muscadine Sangria, as well as non-spirited Homemade Strawberry Milk.
Finishing the day would not be complete without a delicious Southern Supper with soul satisfying dishes like Catfish Fillets, Classic Chicken Pot Pies, Cajun Dirty Rice, and Jambalaya with Shrimp & Andouille Sausage.
Tasia admits to not having a sweet tooth, so the smallest section of the book is Something Sweet. Though it is a short chapter, there are recipes that are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth, such as Peach Fried Pies, Pecan-Applesauce Coffee Cake, Banana Pudding Trifle, and even Moon Pies.
You can find Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor at your favorite bookstore or at Amazon.com. It is a delightful book sure to bring out the Southern in you.