Monday, December 27, 2010

Banana Bread & French Toast

Banana Bread. I could eat it any time of the day. Although it takes about 45 minutes to bake, it is well worth the wait. I've been using the same recipe for years. Fresh from the oven and topped with butter is just so yummy!!! And if you've ever had my momma's bread, she makes a sweet creamy glaze that's poured over the top and it's so delicious.

When I heard about how Ihop makes banana bread french toast, I mean....shazaaam! Can you think of a better combination??

Nat's Banana Bread
1 stick butter (softened, not melted)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3-4 medium bananas mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk at home, you can substitute with 1 tsp of vinegar and enough milk to make 1/2 cup)
2 1/2 cups flour (self rising)

Grease the bottoms of 2, 8" loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together 1 stick of softened butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix until well blended. Add bananas, milk, and vanilla. Slowly stir in flour until it's just blended.

Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden on top and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Vanilla Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk

Mix all ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle.

For the French toast:
Slice bread to 1" thick slices

3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 Tb sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
Butter or Oil
Sliced bread

Beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt with wire whisk until smooth.
Heat butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Dip bread into egg mixture. Place in skillet. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

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