Monday, October 24, 2011
Vegan Mofo #18 -Lauren’s Stuffed Banana Berry French Toast...
Vegan Mofo #18 -Lauren’s Stuffed Banana Berry French Toast
The Book - "Vegan Yum Yum"
The Author - Lauren Ulm
The Recipe - Stuffed Banana Berry French Toast
Page # 28
Difficulty - Easy but time Consuming
Duration - Roughly 45 minutes total time
My husband loves French Toast, I on the other hand never cared much one way or the other for it. I guess I just didn’t get what was so great or delicious about frying bread and then drenching it in syrup. Over the years spent with my husband I’ve come around a little to French Toast, and I have to say I make a pretty mean batch of vanilla cinnamon French Toast, but I rarely ever make it. I guess I figure if I’m going to go to all the trouble of cooking something for breakfast I might as well make pancakes or waffles. However when I opened "Vegan Yum Yum" up to the breakfast section I saw her inspiring, mouth watering French Toast concoction and just knew I had to make it.
This recipe does take a bit of time, not to long mind you but it isn’t the kind of thing you can whip up in five minutes before going to work on Monday morning. This is the kind of decedent breakfast you make for you and your sweetie on a special occasion or when you both have the day off together. Trust me when I tell you that the time it takes and the dishes it uses are well worth it. This is one of the most delicious French Toast recipes I’ve ever made, just thinking about it gets me salivating!
What you do is take day old bread - I used French - slice it into super thick rounds, then stuff each round with a mixture of thinly sliced bananas, and berries. Brilliant! I love berries and bananas are always a great breakfast food! Then you very carefully fry your stuffed bread rounds and serve them drizzled with sweet strawberry sauce, powdered sugar, and maple syrup if you so desire. I can not stress enough just how fantastic this recipe is. The berries and banana pair perfectly with the strawberry sauce - which Ulm claims is optional but I think it’s pretty damn necessary and you’d be doing your tastebuds a great disservice by not making it - and the spiced, vanilla accented toast. Also this is a super filling breakfast so it’ll keep you going strong till lunch, or even dinner.
As far as alterations go I followed the recipe pretty exactly, just adding in a bit more cinnamon and I used unsweetened almond milk instead of soy just because that’s what I had on hand. So if you have a French Toast lover in your house I implore you to make this. Even if you - like me - think you don’t like French Toast, give this a try and you might just come around!