French Toast yes, but not your ordinary type!
Ingredients: 1 stick butter 3 eggs 3/4 cups milk 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 slices of French Bread, about 1 inch thick powdered sugar for dusting bananas foster (below) Method: In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla, to dissolve the sugar. In a nonstick sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Dip 2 slices of the bread into the egg-milk mixture, coating evenly. Fry in the butter until golden brown, 2 or 3 minutes on each side. Repeat until all the butter and bread is used. Lay the pain perdu on a platter. Add the bananas to the pecan mixture and warm slightly. Spoon the warm sauce over the pain perdu. Dust the entire plate with powdered sugar. Yields: 6 servings. Ingredients for Bananas Foster: 2 tablespoons butter 2 bananas, peeled and sliced, 1/4 inch thick 1 cup pecan pieces 2 cups maple syrup 1/4 cup rum Method for Bananas Foster: In a sauté pan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the pecans and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the maple syrup and bring the liquid up to a simmer. Remove the pan from the stove and add the rum. Carefully place the pan back on the stove and flame the sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat, set aside.
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