Cardamom French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 20 mins
  • Makes: 4 servings

A surefire way to revive day-old bread, this simple French toast recipe is dressed up with caramelized bananas, real maple syrup and organic ground spices.

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To make the toast

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cardamom and salt.
  3. Working with one slice at a time, dip bread into egg mixture and turn gently, allowing both sides to soak up mixture.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Cook slices for about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to oven to warm.

To make the caramelized bananas

  1. Slice banana crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces.
  2. Working with the same skillet, warm remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat until melted. Add brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cinnamon, then stir until sugar has dissolved. When mixture begins to bubble around the edges, add banana slices and stir to coat.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, until bananas begin to brown.
  4. Serve French toast hot with a generous spoonful of caramelized bananas, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkling of cinnamon and cardamom.


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