Caramelised Banana & Nutella Baked French Toast
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You will need:
4 large bananas, peeled & sliced in half lengthways
2 x 20ml tblspns brown sugar
Unsalted butter, softened
2 x 15ml tspns brown sugar, for sprinkling
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups full cream milk
2 tspns vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
8 thick slices brioche bread (1 x 400g loaf brioche)
Golden syrup & icing sugar to serve
Sprinkle 2 x 20ml tablespoons brown sugar over slices of banana and caramelise in a large frypan over medium/high heat until golden brown on both sides then set aside. Generously grease a baking dish big enough for 4 sandwiches, sprinkle over 1 x 15ml tablespoon of brown sugar evenly and set aside. Reserve remaining 15ml tablespoon of brown sugar.
Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and mixed spice until smooth and combined. Use a knife to spread Nutella generously over each slice of brioche and place 4 slices in the baking dish. Use an egg flip to carefully place caramelised banana slices over the slices then place the other 4 slices over the top, making 4 thick sandwiches – press down gently. Drizzle the remainder of the caramel left from the banana over the sandwiches. Slice sandwiches in half then place evenly into the baking dish in a flat layer. Pour the custard mixture over the sandwiches and set aside for an hour so the bread absorbs the liquid.
Just before baking sprinkle over brown sugar and a pat of butter on each sandwich half.
Around 15 minutes before the end of the sitting time for the French toast, preheat oven to 210C then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bread has puffed up and top is golden brown.
Allow to sit for a few minutes while you make the tea or coffee then serve dusted with icing sugar and a drizzle of syrup of your choice.
Preparation time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Makes: 4 serves