Bananas Foster French Toast

This recipe is absolutely PHENOMENAL! And best of all, all the work is done the night before and just needs to be popped in the oven in the morning.

CARAMEL-BANANA TOPPING

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, thinly sliced

FRENCH TOAST

  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into cubes
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar or whipped cream to garnish
  • drizzle with extra caramel if desired.

In a medium pan, melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup on stove over medium heat. Cook and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and add vanilla and cinnamon.

Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. Pour caramel sauce into prepared pan and make sure it is evenly distributed.
Place banana slices evenly over the sauce. Layer and evenly sprinkle half of the bread cubes over the bananas.
Evenly distribute the cream cheese cubes over the bread cubes. Cover the top evenly with the remaining bread cubes. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and pinch of salt and whisk together until completely smooth and well combined. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Gently press the bread down with hands so that all of the bread can absorb the egg mixture. Cover casserole and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to bake, remove pan from refrigerator and leave it out on the counter while oven preheats to 375 degrees F. Bake uncovered for about 30-40 minutes. Let it cool in pan 5-10 minutes.
It is the prettiest to flip it before serving so that the caramel and bananas can be seen and drip over the top. Garnish with creme fraiche or whipped cream, additional sliced bananas or chopped pecans, and drizzle with additional caramel if you like.