Monday, February 6, 2012

Baked Banana French Toast

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Who doesn’t like french toast? I never really eat it, but when I do, I always think why has it been so long. And then another three years go by before I have it again. Such a shame because it’s so good and gives me a reason to eat syrup.

I have been craving it for several weeks now, so I thought I would make baked french toast.

These were so fun and easy. I love how cute they came out served in individual dishes.

You can have them whipped up in a snap and save them for later to serve.

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Cut 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices of French Bread.

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Mine were somewhere in between so that I could fit three pieces into these cute little dishes I had.

And I’m so sorry. I have absolutely no idea where I bought them.

Marshall’s and TJ Maxx always have cute little dishes on sale though. Maybe it was there.

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Eggs. Milk. Cream. Off to a good start.

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Sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Even better.

Whisk it all together until blended.

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And then dip your bread slices in the mixture and soak up all that goodness.

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Place three slices of coated bread in each dish.

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And stuff a couple of bananas in between each slice.

But first coat the bananas in the same mixture and then dip them in brown sugar.

Oh yeah!

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Stuffed. Next time, I’ll stuff two on each side instead of one.

Let the dishes chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

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When your ready to bake, mix a little brown sugar and butter and sprinkle on top.

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When they are done, you’ll end up with these baked banana bread beauties.

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Just sprinkle some powdered sugar on. Some sugar? … or a lot.

I lean towards a lot.

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Pour maple syrup on top and you are good to go.

Yum! Yum!

Baked Banana French Toast Cups

1 small loaf french bread
4 eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large banana
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
Powdered sugar
Maple syrup

  • Coat six 4 oz. ramekins with non-stick spray.
  • Cut french bread into 18 slices. Cut them about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick. Make sure three will fit in each dish easily.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until blended.
  • Place sliced bread in bowl to coat.
  • Place three slices of bread into each dish.
  • Cut banana into 12 or more slices. Coat slices with mixture and then dip coated bananas in 2 tablespoons brown sugar and stuff in between bread.
  • Transfer dishes to a baking sheet. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
  • When you are ready to bake, mix together remaining 4 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkle over bread.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
  • Enjoy warm with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
  • Makes six.

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Enjoy!

And just curious, which way do you lean with your syrup?

Waffles? Pancakes? or French Toast?

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Kristen said...

Wow these look decadent! I actually don’t like syrup – I’d eat these without it

February 6, 2012 12:34 AM
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lovey said...

These look so amazing! When I do have syrup, not often, I love it on homemade french toast. I like to add fresh ground nutmeg and also like to make it “stuffed” with cream cheese.

February 6, 2012 12:47 AM
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Ashley P. said...

This looks so good! I actually love french toast with just powdered sugar, not too big on syrup. :)

February 6, 2012 12:49 AM
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JenMarie Taylor said...

OMGoodness, I’m SO making these!!

February 6, 2012 12:49 AM
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Mary @ Bake Break said...

Um, fantastic! Definitely a french toast lover here – I don’t mess around with waffles and pancakes if I can avoid it.

These really look amazing!!

February 6, 2012 12:49 AM
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Evelyn said...

Yummy…will try this recipe soon. I always sprinkle white sugar on French toast. Syrup on pancakes & waffles. My hubby liked syrup on all three. To each his own.

February 6, 2012 12:53 AM
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Elena said...

Wow! These look absolutely amazing! :D I can’t wait to make them.

February 6, 2012 12:54 AM
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Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} said...

Sounds amazing! Winning combination, to be sure.

February 6, 2012 12:55 AM
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Alexis said...

Oh my! You’ve outdone yourself yet again, Bakerella.
I have the urge to make these for breakfast tomorrow morning, but it’ll have to wait until I get back from school though; now I’ll have something to look forward to while I’m falling asleep in class.
I’m not much of a syrup person, but there are just some days where I just can’t resist drenching my buttermilk pancakes with some sweet maple-y goodness!!!

February 6, 2012 12:55 AM
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Michelle said...

Oh my wow! I requested French toast for my birthday (which is today! Yay! lol) because the hubs makes the best! But now, I may have to show him this and have him make this!

February 6, 2012 12:56 AM
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Mélanie said...

These look so yummy !
I like everything with syrup, especially pancakes ! ^^

February 6, 2012 12:57 AM
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Amanda said...

French toast is my favorite breakfast food! These look absolutely delicious!

February 6, 2012 12:59 AM
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maria mcdonald said...

I am so going to make these!!! thank you for sharing!! :)

February 6, 2012 01:04 AM
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Amy said...

Yum!! Those are so cute. I have a couple of the same square wavy dishes! I got mine at The Great Indoors but I googled “bia cordon bleu wavy ramekin with handles” (that’s the brand that mine are) and a bunch of places came up to buy them from. Here are a couple different sizes available at Bed, Bath & Beyond if anyone is trying to find them: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=122139&RN=0

February 6, 2012 01:04 AM
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tammy said...

oh my, oh my how wonderful!! can not wait to make this for my family , or when we have guest visiting. you always amaze me and i LOVE every thing you do!! you inspire the closet backer in me!!

February 6, 2012 01:07 AM
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Terri said...

Yum! Anything is good with syrup…I think I would add some crispy bacon pieces in with the bananas after they bake – I love bacon with syrup.

February 6, 2012 01:21 AM
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Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip said...

Wow! Anything baked and anything banana is always a winner with me. This looks fantastic!

Maria xx
http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

February 6, 2012 01:27 AM
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Chris Davis said...

These look so yummy !! My son would love these… now how to get them to his base in the air force!!

February 6, 2012 01:37 AM
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Rhoda said...

Oooohh looks so yummy! I love french toast and bananas, too. I will definitely try that very soon. I have those same cute dishes from SUR LA TABLE, they’re always 40% off (basic white ramekins) so you can get one for less than $3! Thanks for sharing an easy breakfast recipe!

February 6, 2012 01:39 AM
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RACHEL DAVEY said...

Died and gone to heaven. Delicious!

February 6, 2012 01:55 AM
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CrazyBunnyLady said...

That looks delicious!

February 6, 2012 02:05 AM
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a3stars said...

I’m always slapping together some good old French Toast becuse it’s just so easy and yummy to make. However, mine have never been quite this fancy. What a great idea for making them look as good as they taste!
Another trick I’ve seen for using bananas in French Toast is to mash it up first, add some nuts of your choice, and then spoon some between two large batter soaked slices of bread before frying them in a pan with butter. Leave a little space around the edges of the bread so the banana mixture won’t come out. This is a good idea for anyone who doesn’t have fancy little dishes like those. Either way, it’s bound to be fantastic.
Lots of love to you, Bakerella <3

February 6, 2012 02:46 AM
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Tracie said...

I must have syrup on my pancakes and french toast but NEVER on my waffles. That is due to a very unfortunate incident involving a hotel breakfast, a plane ride over the Grand Canyon and some British tourists….LONG STORY! Never on the waffles.

February 6, 2012 02:53 AM
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jackie said...

yuummo! =) thanks for sharing mother (cakepops)! I love lots of syrups on my pancake but havent tried syrup on french toast this could be my first one! =) thanks heaps!

February 6, 2012 02:55 AM
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Robin said...

Belgian style waffles and it has to be real maple syrup!

February 6, 2012 03:34 AM
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Karen (French mom of 3) said...

Very nice idea ! … Even if it is a curious way to eat french bread for french people … We prefer it more crusty with butter and jam …

February 6, 2012 03:50 AM
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tinajo said...

Looks just fantastic! :-)

February 6, 2012 03:59 AM
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Candice said...

I’ve never tried baking french toast before. Wonderful idea. I might give it a try this weekend. It’s always great to find ways where I don’t have to cook with too much butter! Thanks :)

February 6, 2012 04:00 AM
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Nadine said...

Looks great! Will be testing this recipe soon! :)

February 6, 2012 05:02 AM
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Marialuisa said...

Oh my God!. This looks soooooo yummy.
Thanks for sharing this recipe, I love anything which goes with canelle, bread, creams, whatever.
Love from Spain
Marialuisa

February 6, 2012 05:04 AM
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Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh my, these look like they’d taste heavenly! Gorgeous photography and delicious idea, Angie! Pancakes for me, btw.

February 6, 2012 05:50 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

Oh my! I am trying to get back to healthier eating, so I will have to alter this to make it more nutritious (or at least less fattening). It’s too bad, because barring the syrup and powdered sugar it looks completely delicious!

February 6, 2012 06:05 AM
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Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Not only are these adorable individual servings, but this french toast sounds fabulous!

February 6, 2012 06:15 AM
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Mel G said...

Looks yummy! I’d call this more of a “bread and butter pudding” (without the butter lol) than french toast?

My syrup leanings? Can never have too much!

February 6, 2012 07:20 AM
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Sally said...

I amassing these to my brunch recipes…may added walnuts or pecans for some crunch too! Thanks Bakerella, u r amazing!!!!,

February 6, 2012 07:33 AM
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Sally said...

BTW, I am Canadian…syrup with everything!

February 6, 2012 07:34 AM
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Rachel Willen said...

Wow these look so cute and amazing. I love good maple syrup and use a touch of it when roasting root vegetables. I don’t eat FT, waffles or pancakes much…gluten intolerant…but I would make these for in a second for an impressive brunch dish…thanks!

February 6, 2012 07:40 AM
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Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

darn it all, too many yummy things and so little time!

February 6, 2012 07:45 AM
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Verónica Cake said...

looks delicious!!!!!!

February 6, 2012 07:45 AM
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Connie said...

Those look divine! Can’t wait to try them! I am a crazy girl, I like maple syrup on my sausage!! :)

February 6, 2012 07:52 AM
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Stephenie said...

This is FABULOUS!!!!

February 6, 2012 07:54 AM
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Tiana said...

Peanut butter and syrup on waffles. Yum!

February 6, 2012 08:13 AM
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Kelly W. said...

WOW!! That looks amazing!

February 6, 2012 08:17 AM
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Tamara @jemofthesouth said...

My syrup? On all of the above. Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day and these cute french toast cups look delish! So simple. Can’t wait to try them!

February 6, 2012 08:36 AM
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Barbara Hickey said...

I must try this for my grandsons, looks so good.
Do you have a friendly print button? Just a small pic and the recipe, i cannot print the whole picture series, way to much ink
thanx

February 6, 2012 08:50 AM
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Sara (Belly Rumbles) said...

OMG they are gorgeous. That is such a clever idea, a cross between bread & butter pudding and french toast. Will have to give it a go.

February 6, 2012 08:51 AM
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Lena said...

All of the above lol. I love syryp on everything, as long as it’s Lyle’s Golden Syrup. It has to be rich and thick. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe ~ will be trying them out for Sunday brunch!

February 6, 2012 08:51 AM
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pebbles said...

have you tried the peanut butter french toast at Highland Bakery? DO IT!

February 6, 2012 09:22 AM
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Hayley said...

I’m a French toast girl and these are right up my alley! Reminds me of bananas Foster a little bit, too!

February 6, 2012 09:31 AM
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Heather said...

French Toast is my absolute favorite!

February 6, 2012 09:45 AM
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Shannon Couch said...

These look so amazing!

February 6, 2012 09:46 AM
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Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Waffles..but i may have to change that! These look like some awesome comfort food!

February 6, 2012 09:54 AM
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Maureen said...

Perfect for a special occasion or to impress the mother-in-law. :)

February 6, 2012 09:55 AM
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CJ said...

I try to make baked french toast on special occasions but it never comes out to my liking. This recipe looks like something I can do and delicious!!!!! I try to avoid syrup but I do like it on my sourdough french toast. Yummy!

February 6, 2012 10:03 AM
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Emily said...

That looks AMAZING. I know what my little fam is getting for V-Day breakfast! I LOVE French toast, and waffles are a close second! The kids generally prefer pancakes, but the boys will eat their weight and then some of whatever is in front of them.

February 6, 2012 10:06 AM
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alissa apel said...

YUMMY!!! I like mine on chocolate chip banana whole wheat waffles!

February 6, 2012 10:09 AM
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Erin said...

Love these! And now I have an excuse to go buy individual little pots to make these in.

February 6, 2012 10:11 AM
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Cheryl B said...

Will definitely have to try these this weekend. I love bananas integrated into breakfast. Have to go with 100% pure maple syrup…from Vermont preferably :)

February 6, 2012 10:20 AM
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Kendra said...

Syrup on all three – pancakes, waffles and french toast! YUM!

February 6, 2012 10:20 AM
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Ali @ Three Baking Sheets said...

I’ve literally been sitting here for the last 10 minutes, trying to figure out with item in the mighty Breakfast Carb Trifecta I enjoy the most. Toughest question I’ve pondered in a long, long time.

February 6, 2012 10:26 AM
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Jamie said...

Why stop at waffles, french toast and pancakes!?!?!
I’m crazy like that and like my maple syrup on my eggs (unintentional/indirect from run-age) and on my chicken apple sausage (intentional).
I also like my maple syrup hardened into candy, like my Christmas must-have, Coombs Family Farms 100% Maple Syrup candy…so, so good!

February 6, 2012 10:27 AM
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RIMA said...

YUMMY!!! These look absolutely amazing! Banana, cinnamon, syrup, brown sugar how can one go wrong? Syrup with pancakes, waffles, French toast AND crepes….. Yes please!

February 6, 2012 10:31 AM
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Nina @ ambrosia said...

These look adorable; love the dishes; love bananas; love baked french toast. This is awesome.

February 6, 2012 10:33 AM
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Nicole said...

I will have to try for sure ! They look yummy! Thanks for sharing Bakerella! Xo

February 6, 2012 10:49 AM
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Mealz said...

Bakerella-

these look amazing!!!! One major problem. I hate bananas. do you think i could leave it out or sub another fruit in.

xoxo

February 6, 2012 11:04 AM
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MINDY1 said...

Those look great-not a banana fan, but I love a good french toast-with lots of syrup :D

February 6, 2012 11:15 AM
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Kenzie said...

This looks amazing!! My kids always want me to make something new for breakfast, I think they will love this! As far as syrup goes, I’m definitely all about the french toast. I like fruit syrups with mine, like boysenberry or wild blackberry. Yummy. Thanks for the recipes!

February 6, 2012 11:16 AM
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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh said...

That looks more than divine!

I love french toast for something quick but I love a good pancake. Not much of a waffle girl. You slather some IHOP butter pecan syrup or Michelle’s Butter Pecan syrup on top and I’m good to go baby!

February 6, 2012 11:31 AM
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The Whole Bag of Chips said...

I absolutely LOVE french toast. It is my favorite meal. If I were dying, that’d be my last request! I just posted one on Sunday on my blog with apples and craisins, but this one looks AMAZING too!! I am going to try it!!
Jen
http://www.thewholebagofchips.com

February 6, 2012 12:04 PM
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Angela in KY said...

YUM! I love French toast too, but like you, never get around to making it much…..don’t know why. I’ve never tried baked. I will have to try that next time I crave it, too.

February 6, 2012 12:10 PM
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Angela L said...

Yum! Mix some of the brown sugar/butter combo into cream cheese and stuff in with the bananas…and don’t forget the side of bacon!

February 6, 2012 12:13 PM
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Erica @ In and Around Town said...

These look amazing! I must say the individual dishes really make this over the top perfect :)

February 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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FestivePartyGirl said...

After the Super Bowl last night, this recipe looks soooo good this morning. Yum!

February 6, 2012 12:49 PM
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Jenny said...

These look fantastic! What a great idea. This way all the good flavors get baked in!

February 6, 2012 01:01 PM
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Becca @ Cook, Rejoice, Repeat said...

That presentation is gorrrrgeous! My word! And for mass production, I’m guessing you could use muffin tins … yes?

February 6, 2012 01:02 PM
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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe said...

Wow, I really need to make some french toast! I love it too, but hardly ever make it! These are so cute and look so delicious! With maple syrup, for me! :)

February 6, 2012 01:03 PM
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Elaine said...

Oh my goodness…these look delicious! This looks so much easier than fryin ‘em up! And your recipe sounds delicious! I will have try it soon!

February 6, 2012 01:13 PM
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Rebecca said...

Looks delish!! I LOVE french toast!

February 6, 2012 02:04 PM
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Maura said...

With that brown sugar crumble on top, I doubt you’d need the syrup, but who really would say no?? My picky eater daughter would LOVE these! I’ll be making them this weekend. Wish I had the recipe this past Saturday morning.

February 6, 2012 02:16 PM
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Heather said...

wow! very impressed and those dishes are so cute! Well i guess baked banana french toast is on my breakfast menu tomorrow!

February 6, 2012 02:16 PM
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Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Bananas IN BETWEEN the bread?! I might never make french toast another way. Love it.

February 6, 2012 02:27 PM
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MelissaT said...

True comfort is crumpets toasted over the embers of a fire topped with butter and golden syrup. The perfect nostalgic return to childhood.

February 6, 2012 02:38 PM
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alicia C. said...

These look amazing…I may put a little peanut butter in with the bananas too for some extra ymminess!!

I like syrup on waffles, pancakes & french toast – especially if it runs into the bacon on the pate with it also :)

February 6, 2012 02:46 PM
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Gina said...

My stomach is growling! I love just the right amount of syrup – not too much & definitely not too little!

February 6, 2012 02:58 PM
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Mary said...

My motto: You can never have enough syrup with your pancakes, waffles & french toast. I sometimes put it on my scrambled eggs. Delish.

February 6, 2012 02:59 PM
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Allison said...

I love them all and usually leave a big puddle of syrup on my plate so I can dip each bite into it to make sure it has enough! I also LOVE to eat bacon with syrup!!
YUM!

February 6, 2012 03:12 PM
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Yolanda said...

French toast is in very regular rotation here. So are pancakes ( make a big batch of mix and have it on hand at all times). For that matter, so are Waffles if Insane Greatness (actual name of recipe). I guess we love diner food in this house. And, yes, plenty of butter and syrup.

February 6, 2012 03:14 PM
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Shelan said...

Wow! Looks good though I don’t like bananas… But that’s fine it looks just as good!!! Umm… I like waffles, homemade not ego, BLAH! Also depends what kind of syrup, I like maple!

February 6, 2012 03:42 PM
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Heather H. said...

I love pancakes! But these look so delicious too :)

February 6, 2012 04:08 PM
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Petit pot de beurre said...

So yummy! Love it love it love it!

February 6, 2012 04:44 PM
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Kimiko said...

Yum! That looks so good! I’m definitely a french toast kind of girl. No waffles or pancakes here. :)

February 6, 2012 05:21 PM
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Cindy G. said...

Holy cow! This may be new favorite way to eat French toast! Would I be able to freeze it in individual portions after it was baked? If I didn’t eat it all before then?

Yuuuuuuummmmm!!!

I do love pancakes and waffles, but I always burn pancakes, so I get them when I eat breakfast out, and I don’t have a waffle iron, so I get frozen waffles on occasion, but French toast is my favorite breakfast (and growing up, it was heaven to make it with Portuguese sweet bread, the kind that came in the big round and golden brown loaf…).

As for syrup, we grew up with corn syrup as our syrup, but my adult tastes have decided that maple is definitely the way to go. But, on occasion, I’ll heat up some jam or jelly and pour that on instead… and if I have any whipped cream handy, all the better!

And now, I think I’m making French toast for dinner. The shepherd’s pie can wait until tomorrow…

February 6, 2012 05:27 PM
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Rebecca said...

These look fantastic. . and I’m not even a fan of bananas in anything! I have a question. . I have round ramekins, do you suppose I could slice the bread a bit thinner and stack the slices up (like a tower) instead of horizontally?

February 6, 2012 06:36 PM
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Collette said...

Oh man….when it comes to syrup i definitely lean towards French toast!!!! Yay, French toast Internet high five!!!!!!

February 6, 2012 06:44 PM
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Hilary said...

Ohhh, Bakerella. As always, looks simply adorable and totally delicious! I wouldn’t say no to pancakes, waffles, or French toast, but growing up, I’d say pancakes were my most frequent syrup vehicle. :) And real maple all the way…no Aunt Jemima’s please!

February 6, 2012 07:30 PM
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ileana said...

These look spectacular!

February 6, 2012 08:24 PM
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Laura Sligh said...

I absolutely love baked french toast. I usually do it in one big pan so that it’s easier cleanup, and it’s so easy! Prep the night before, stick it in the fridge, and in the morning, 30 minutes later, you have amazing french toast.

February 6, 2012 08:49 PM
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Anonymous said...

Oh, definitely Waffles! Hey my friend! Except – I don’t really like syrup- instead I lather on the creamy nutty PEANUT BUTTER! Woo Hoo!

February 6, 2012 08:52 PM
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Sydney said...

mmmmmmmmm! These look lovely! They’d be pretty for valentine’s day with strawberries :)

Click my name to see my newest post on red velvet cupcakes (georgetown cupcake style) :)

February 6, 2012 09:44 PM
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Sandi said...

Looks yummy! I like a LOT of syrup. And since the toast is baked it should be considered a health food, right?

February 6, 2012 10:50 PM
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