It’s Not The Thought And Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster French Toast / My Friend's Bakery

It’s that time of year again.  Mother’s Day.

Remember when you were in grade 2 and you made that Mother’s Day card for your mom out of construction paper with little hand drawn flowers and butterflies and enough glitter to make RuPaul jealous? And inside was a poem written in crooked script, like only a 7 year old can write, that went something like this;

M – Magical like a fairy
O – Only one I got
T – Teaches me stuff
H – Hugs me all the time
E – Every day she loves me
R – Round in all the right places

Bananas Foster French Toast / My Friend's Bakery

And even though some of the lines in the poem bordered on insulting, coming from a child it was acceptable somehow.  And your mom would smile and hold it to her heart as if it was the most precious gift she had ever received.

Then your little brother, who was always trying to top you, would whip around the corner and present her with tulips that he just plucked out of her flower garden with the dirt still hanging on the stems, and she would hug him with all her might as if he just gave her a fistful of the most rare flower in the world.

And she would smile like all was right in the world because it’s the thought that counts.

Bananas Foster French Toast / My Friend's Bakery

I call bullshit with a capital B.

It’s not the thought that counts. You’re not seven anymore. She wants a card from Hallmark not the dollar store.  She wants real jewellery not a macaroni necklace, and real flowers from a florist not from the grocery store. She wants theater or ballet tickets and a dinner that she doesn’t have to cook or clean up. She wants you to take her to a girlie movie where nothing blows up, order her a large extra buttery popcorn, and she wants you to pay for it.  She wants you to take her out to lunch at a real restaurant without a drive thru window.  She wants you to make her breakfast in bed instead of sleeping until two o’clock in the afternoon.

Got it? Good. Don’t make me call your mother.

Bananas Foster French Toast / My Friend's Bakery

Bananas Foster French Toast

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 slices french toast and about 1 cup caramel syrup

If you really want to impress your family, add the rum to the caramel syrup at the very end and then light it on fire, to burn off the alcohol, when serving.


    For The French Toast
  • 6 slices Challah bread (or bread of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • butter, for frying
  • For The Banana Caramel Syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons dark rum (optional)
  • 2 bananas, thickly sliced


For The French Toast

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Set aside.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a pat of butter to the pan to melt.

Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture until the bread has soaked up some of the liquid. Flip the bread and repeat on the other side. Add the soaked bread to the frying pan. Fry for 2 - 3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your bread, until golden brown.

For the Banana Caramel Syrup

In a pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the brown sugar and whisk gently to combine. Once the butter and sugar are incorporated together, stop whisking and let the mixture come to a low boil. Without stirring, let the sugar mixture boil for 2 minutes.

Slowly add the whipping cream and whisk to combine. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla. Add the rum and banana slices. Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute or until the bananas begin to soften, but you don't want them to turn mushy.

Spoon the bananas and caramel syrup directly over the french toast. Serve immediately.


Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

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  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Hm, think I’ll pass this along to my offspring… Don’t really want(need) anything except your recipe being tested in my kitchen though; ’cause someone doing breakfast for me – just because they want to – sounds totally AWESOME! [And hopefully it’ll look at LEAST as good afterward as before they started; ]
    Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day too!

    • My Friend's Bakery says:

      Thank you Jenna! It’s almost easy enough to make during the week too – if one wants to get up a wee bit earlier. 😉

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