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RECIPE: Banana Bread French Toast with Vanilla Bean-Infused Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Sugar Pepitas

What’s better than a slice of warm, fresh-baked banana bread?

A slice of warm, fresh-baked banana bread dunked in batter, fried in butter, slathered with frosting, and drizzled with maple syrup, of course! Crumbles, today we’re celebrating over 6,000 (six thousand!!!) page views on Crumbs and Contour with our first-ever recipe of 2019, and in TRUE celebratory fashion…absolutely no calories have been spared.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I like to play a game with my followers in which they tell me “absolutely anything” they’re craving for breakfast or brunch at that very moment, and I try to whip up my version of the craziest item requested using whatever I have in my fridge. This week, a special mama-to-be (congrats again, Mandy!!) requested a particularly outrageous and delicious brunch item, and I just couldn’t say no. Crumbles, meet the new MVP of your next brunch party: Banana Bread French Toast w/ Vanilla and Maple Cream Cheese Frosting AND Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Pepitas.

(I wasn’t kidding when I said we’re really celebrating out here).

Below you will find three separate (but, short!) recipes for each component of this epic brunch dish. Each recipe is quick (once your bread has baked and cooled), relatively easy, and almost every measurement can be adjusted a little bit each way without inciting a catastrophe in your kitchen. So, experiment with what you’ve got, and enjoy this amazing treat one delicious bite at a time. You deserve it.

TIP: If the idea of cooking this three-parter sounds way too overwhelming for you, take a deep breath. You can do it! Just remember to prep all of your ingredients ahead of time, and take your time completing each step one-by-one. Trust me, you’ll thank you later.

*All measurements and actions are bolded below. Tools you will need are underlined.*

Step 1: Banana Bread French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Loaf of Banana Bread, cut into 4 1″ slices
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

Directions:

  • Bake 1 loaf of banana bread in a standard 9×5 loaf pan
    • (I’m currently developing my own banana bread recipe, but in the meantime I highly recommend this Skinny Banana Bread from Tastes Better From Scratch. It calls for less sugar and bakes quicker than most banana breads, which is perfect for this recipe).
  • Remove bread and let cool, then slice into 1″ thick slices.
  • While bread cools, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a shallow dish or bowl.
  • Heat butter in a stainless steel pan over medium heat, until melted.
  • Dunk each slice of banana bread into egg mixture for a few seconds on both sides, as well as all four edges. Place each slice in the hot skillet immediately after being removed from the egg mixture.
  • Fry banana bread for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Sear all four edges of the bread for one minute as well to ensure that all of the egg mixture has been thoroughly cooked through.
  • Serve with Vanilla-Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with Pepitas.

Step 2: Cinnamon Sugar Pepitas

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Pepitas
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (non-wax!) or aluminum foil.
  • In a small bowl, combine pepitas, coconut oil, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir until fully incorporated.
  • Spread cinnamon sugar pepitas mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool and serve, or store in an air-tight container for extended enjoyment!

Step 3: Vanilla Bean and Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp Trader Joe’s “Vanilla Bean-Infused Pure Maple Syrup” (substitute with plain maple syrup and a few drops of pure vanilla extract, if unavailable)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Milk or Milk Alternative
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Directions:

  • Combine cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup (if you are using plain maple syrup, add a few drops of vanilla extract along with it), and salt in a small bowl.
  • Slowly incorporate milk while whisking, until frosting has reached desired consistency. (For a “spreadable” consistency, add less milk, and for a “drizzle” consistency, add more).
  • Serve.

And voilà. Now you have a delectable three-part brunch recipe in your repertoire that’ll not only knock your own socks off, but will leave all of your future brunch guests absolutely speechless with each scrumptious bite they take.

Alexa, play “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani.

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