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Bananas Foster French Toast

31 Aug

This recipe is amazing. It’s a recipe of multiple collaborations: Mr. Alton Brown, Ms. Leslie & myself. Dee-lish. Enough said.

Ingredients:

1 cup half-and-half  (I only had whipping cream and it turned out super yummy)

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread

4 tablespoons butter


Ingredients for topping:

1 banana, sliced

1/2 cup rum (We used Bacardi Superior Puerto Rican Rum)

1 cup honey

1/4 cup whole walnuts

Dash of powdered sugar


Directions:

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, 2 tablespoons of honey, and salt. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices.

While the bread is in the oven, get your medium skillet out for the fun part!

On a low-medium setting, lightly cook the banana slices. Add the honey. Heat to a low simmer. Add the rum (yum!). Constantly stir your mixture ensuring nothing more than a slight simmer. Finally, add the walnuts. Stir to combine and keep warm until ready for topping.

Once your french toast is cooled on the racks, plate with toast, topping, and a dash of powdered sugar. YUM!

Spinach Quiche

12 Aug

I’m enjoying reading everyone’s posts so far! I have a cooking blog and wanted to pull some of my favorites to share with everyone. This is a Spinach Quiche I made awhile back that turned out really good and was super easy. I’m sure it’d be equally delicious, or more so, with a pie crust.

Monday night for dinner, I decided I really wanted to make a quiche. I searched for an easy recipe that used few ingredients, I had a lot of eggs but not much else. I came across a recipe on allrecipes.com that was easily adaptable and met my standards.

Crustless Spinach Quiche
yields: 6 servings

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups shredded Muenster cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.

Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.

I didn’t have Muenster cheese (who does?) so I used what I had –  a little bit of Mozzarella (got 1 cup out of it) and a block of Colby cheese (got the other 2 cups from). The only other modification I made was adding diced tomatoes on top – I had a few lying around that were getting mushy. I did end up leaving it in the oven for longer than 30 minutes, it was closer to 45. It says to bake until “eggs have set”. I don’t really know what that means and it kind of scared me, so I assumed leaving it in a little longer wasn’t a bad thing. We ate more than half that night. Matt really loved it, I think he had 3 slices. I would have preferred less onions, the onion flavor seemed to dominate. A huge plus, it was delicious served cold the next day for breakfast. And this recipe is super adaptable, you can use almost any veggies, any cheese and add herbs or spices as you like. It’s a great base and one that I’ll most definitely be using again and again (I may add a crust next time). It’d be a perfect dish for brunch too!

Here’s the final product: