Sourdough Baguette French Toast with Sticky Bananas

March 6, 2011

There’s really nothing like French Toast for breakfast. With so many variations it’s remarkable I don’t make this incredibly easy breakfast more often. But now, for my third take on my blog’s namesake dish, I present miniature french toasts with boozy bananas to accompany.

I slice the baguette and the bananas both along the bias and about the same thickness. This creates a more appetizing presentation. A dusting of powdered sugar at the end is a nice finishing flair. If you like syrup, it won’t be out of place here, but my bet is you won’t need any.

The results were beautiful — and delicious.


Sourdough Baguette French Toast with Sticky Bananas

For the toast:

6-8 slices day (or two) old baguette, cut on the bias, about 1/4″ thick
1 egg
1 cup milk or half and half
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 t. kosher salt
Butter, for frying

For the bananas:

1 banana, sliced along the bias, about 1/4″ thick 1 T. butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
a splash of Grand Marnier (optional)

  • In a medium bowl, combine all the batter ingredients for the french toast and mix well. Pour into a shallow baking dish.
  • Place  baguette slices into the batter and let soak, turning over occasionally, about 6 minutes total.
  • Heat a cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • When hot, add butter and stir until melted and foam has subsided
  • Place baguette slices in pan — but don’t crowd them — and cook about 3 minutes per side, or until dark brown and crispy.
  • Set in a warm oven while you prepare the other toast slices.
  • Meanwhile in another skillet, melt butter and brown sugar together over medium heat until bubbly.
  • Add bananas and fry until they just begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
  • Add small amount of Grand Marnier (if using) and stir. (If you’re interested in being a show-off, you can ignite the liquor and flambe the bananas — but it’s totally unnecessary here.)
  • Keep warm over low until french toasts are ready.
  • Serve, with extra butter or syrup, if using.



  1. There is no protein in this meal. As an athlete, I need to start my day with a complete breakfast. I suggest adding a plate* of two soft-scrambled eggs.

    Powdered sugar is the devil! I prefer real maple syrup over powdered sugar. Powdered sugar makes me think of greasy plate-sized doughnuts at Disneyland; veto!

    *I refuse to do the dishes.

  2. French Toast one of my fav dishes. easy to cook and fast to prepare.

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