Grilled Banana ‘Bread’ French Toast

May 24, 2018
7 Ratings
Photo by Kitchen Butterfly
Author Notes

A craving for banana bread, low energy, leftover bananas and voila - a mix, flavoured with vanilla, ground cardamom and cinnamon powder and joy oh joy.

I often store ripening bananas in the freezer when I can't use them all up. And then I bake them on high heat in their skins for 15 - 20 minutes at 180 deg C. Once cool, I remove from the skins (which I discard) and make puree bases for banana bread mostly.

I also like to cut my own slices off a sweet, soft (brioche-type but eggless) white loaf for my perfect thickness, about an inch. My children prefer to use baguettes and some friends, brioche.

If you like soft-centred french toast, soak the bread for longer than my quick dip. Note that the kind of bread you use will determine the end results. —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • 3/4 cup banana puree, from 2 small (frozen, then roasted) bananas
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • Flaked almonds, to crust (optional)
  • Brown butter or vegetable oil for the pan
  • 3 - 4 Thick slices of stale bread, crusts cut off and halved however you like
In This Recipe
  1. Combine the banana puree with milk, egg, vanilla extract, spices and salt. Using a fork, whisk/mix well to combine
  2. Heat up a grill pan till hot, then gently grease with brown butter
  3. Dip bread, one by one into the dipped in the banana-egg mixture. Then place in the pan and sprinkle almond flakes. Flip over after 2 - 3 minutes when the underside is golden and sprinkle more almonds. Cook that side till done, then set on the sides and cook till ready
  4. I have dreams one day of serving this with a banana caramel, some lemony mousse and homemade candied hibiscus flowers in ginger syrup
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