Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it can also be the most exciting. There's nothing I love more than waking up on a day off and pottering around the kitchen, without a care in the world. It can be nutritious, set you up for a long day or it can be plain old fun. Fun breakfasts are my specialty and with this week being National Breakfast Week I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. Pancakes and waffles and french toast, oh my!
First of all is this unbelievably decedent banoffee french toast. This one is best kept in the banks for that special occasion, or to get you out of trouble if you've been a naughty girl or boy. Who can resist these thick slabs of brioche soaked in a maple eggy wash, slathered in caramel and fried bananas?! I'm drooling, you should be too!
Banoffee French Toast
1 loaf brioche, sliced into 2cm thick slices
25ml whole milk
4 medium eggs
4 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 glug of maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 bananas, peeled, cut in half and sliced lengthwise
50g soft brown sugar
Small handful of raspberries or blueberries
Butter for frying
Tub of mascarpone cheese
Jar of store bought toffee / caramel sauce
In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon. Set aside.
Place a large, heavy frying pan over a medium heat and melt a knob of butter, dip your bananas in the brown sugar to coat before adding them to the frying pan. Cook until lightly caramalised and smelling delicious.
Rinse your pan out and add another knob of butter over a medium heat. Dredge two slices of brioche in the egg mixture before placing in the hot pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Do the same with two more slices
To assemble your toast spread one slice with a thick layer of mascarpone, two pieces of caramalised banana and some berries. Repeat with the second layer and drizzle with toffee sauce. Sit back and enjoy.