Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cinnamon French Toast with Caramelized Bananas and Mascarpone

Caramel sauce. I love it, but let's face it.  It is HARD to master. I've tried countless times and failed miserably each and every time.  Until today.

The call to make Curtis Stone's Cinnamon French Toast with Caramelized Bananas and Mascarpone was so strong. Caramel failures be damned. I was bound and determined to make this happen.  Maybe it was Curtis' directions.  Maybe it was just my lucky day, but either way I was successful! I finally produced a smooth and buttery caramel sauce.

At that moment I knew this recipe would be a total game changer. Instead of "Let There Be Cake", it was now "Let There Be Caramel Sauce".  Countless variations. Caramel sauce on French Toast, pancakes, waffles, ice cream...you name it!

But for now all that mattered was that we weren't going to have plain French toast for breakfast (my plan if the caramel didn't work out).  Oh no! We were going to have French Toast dusted in cinnamon-sugar, topped with the most beautiful caramelized bananas, and a creamy dollop of Mascarpone cheese. And it was everything and more. It was so stinkin' delicious!




Cinnamon French Toast with Caramelized Bananas and Mascarpone
Adapted from Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone
Serves 4

Caramelized bananas
1/2 cup sugar
2 bananas, sliced on the bias
3 tablespoons salted butter

French Toast
6 large eggs
Four 1/2" thick slices of brioche bread
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
Mascarpone cheese, to garnish


To prepare the caramelized bananas: Combine the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a large heavy saute pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the liquid comes to a simmer. Then boil over medium-high heat without stirring, brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling the pan occasionally to ensure that the syrup cooks evenly, for 6 minutes, or until the syrup begins to turn golden brown. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Add the bananas and butter and swirl until the butter melts. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until the bananas are just tender. Set the caramelized bananas aside.

To make the French toast: Using a fork, beat the eggs in a 13 x 9" baking dish. Place the slices of brioche in the eggs and let stand, turning the slices once, for 5 minutes, or until the eggs are absorbed. (Note: Sometimes I feel like this results in soggy French toast so I usually just quickly dip my bread in the egg, allowing the excess to drip back into the dish).

Stir the sugar and cinnamon together on a large plate; set it aside. Melt the butter on a large heavy griddle pan (I like my cast iron skillet for this) over medium heat. Add the brioche slices to the hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown on the outside and heated through. Immediately place the hot French toast in the cinnamon-sugar and turn to coat completely. (Note: If you do not like your food too sweet then you might want to elect to simply sprinkle on some cinnamon-sugar instead of dousing your French toast in the mixture. This is a very sweet breakfast!)

Divide the French toast among 4 serving plates. Spoon the caramelized bananas over the French toast. Top with a dollop of Mascarpone cheese, and serve.



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15 comments:

  1. A perfect breakfast for sure. I do love caramelized bananas, and this is a good place for them.

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  2. There is no greater pleasure than making (and mastering!) a good caramel sauce. ;-) Although primarily a savory breakfast fan, I'd make an exception for this decadent French toast!

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  3. I am so making this! I am happy for you that you mastered the caramel. I hope my picky eater will like this one:)

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  4. I absolutely love caramelized bananas! And cinnamon french toast!

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  5. That looks fabulous! I can believe it was one of the "best breakfasts ever!".

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  6. Divine!!!!!!! Kisses , Mirta ❤❤❤

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  7. Every single word of the title of this dish: caramel, french toast, banana and Mascarpone speaks to me. So outrageously yummy breakfast.

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  8. Obviously your house is the place to be for a fantastic breakfast!!!!! Everything you make looks great but this one.....oooohhh....drooling as I type. Yes, caramel sauce is a devil to master and I am so happy you had success. Must be the Curtis Stone method and your persistence. Great photos

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  9. Love it! Making caramel can be rather tricky! You've nailed it! That is one gorgeous breakfast and wish someone would make it for me! :)

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  10. YAY!! For making caramel. This looks perfect for a decadent breakfast. On my list.

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  12. The good thing about caramel sauce is that once you make a batch, it can be used to make so many delicious things! This French toast looks amazing!

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