Banana Stuffed French Toast

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
15 min
15 min
35 min

3 to 4 servings


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted add the brown sugar and pinch of cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts into the butter and becomes a sauce. Add bananas and toss together. Let cook until the bananas are soft and incorporated into the sauce. Remove to a bowl and let cool completely. Once cool, add cream cheese and mash with a wooden spoon.

Using a paring knife, cut a 2-inch-long slits in 1 side of each bread slice, cutting 3/4 of way through bread and creating pocket that leaves 3 sides of bread intact. Divide banana mixture equally among the bread pockets.

In a large bowl, add eggs, heavy cream, milk, cinnamon and rum and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into a 13 by 9-inch casserole dish. Put the bread into the egg mixture and let soak for 3 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the bread from egg mixture, using a spatula, letting the excess drain off.

Spray a wire rack with nonstick spray and put the rack on a baking sheet. Put the bread on the rack and transfer to the oven.

Bake the French toast until it is golden brown and filling is hot, about 25 minutes. Transfer the toast on a serving platter and garnish with confectioners' sugar and maple syrup.

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    I followed this recipe to a T. The bread turned out mushy and spewed most of the filling onto the pan. It smelled awesome and the edges tasted good. My husband could only choke down half a piece.If I were to make this again, I would cut back on the milk by 1C., add an egg and brown the bottom before putting it into the oven.
    Best french toast I've ever had... and without all the mess on the stove!
    I served this to my wife for breakfast on our 27th anniversary just a few days ago. Whoa. sometimes i try these recipes and they don't work or they come out tasting funny. Not so this recipe. This was A1. My wife is a picky eater so fixing her something that she liked on the first try was an accomplishment! I replaced the banana filling with Trader Joe's Lemon Curd, but everything else was the same. My two kids and I ate the banana stuffed french toast. Yum. We all loved it and it was easy to make. Thank-you Neelys for the blessing of sharing this tasty breakfast with us. It was better than going out but tasted just as good if not better.
    Me and my husband tried this one night and he loved it so much he even took some to work. This was a great one pat and gina.
    OMG THIS IS AMAZING!!! My husband made it for me after for Mother's day and then again yesterday for out friends birthday. I can't get enough of it!!! It will deffinantly be a staple in our big breakfast recipe book!!
    Made this for my parents when they were visiting, eveyone loved it! Mom said it was the best french toast she had ever had, had to stop herself from licking the plate!
    This was a great recipe for a birthday breakfast. Thanks Neelys!
    Made this for my family today and we all loved it! I did switch the rum extract for vanilla extract, other than that I followed the recipe. This is a new family favorite.
    Made this for Christmas morning brunch! Awesome! YUMMY!
    my wife and daughter loved the french toast! the raved about it to their friends. also did the bacon with brown sugar the bomb!!!
    We made this on our lazy Saturday and even added a little shaved coconut on top. Great stuff!
    I just wanted to tell you that was the first time i caught your show..I LOVE ALL THE FOOD AND THOUGHT YOU BOTH WERE SO imma try some of your recipies asap... :o)
    My husband and I loved this. It was the best. I agree with the one person that said she spent more time cooking breakfast that normal. Other than that, no complaints!!!
    I LOVED the recipe... BUT, I dont know that I used the right bread... Make sure you choose a bread that has decent density on the inside. Also if you do not like eggnog flavor you will not like these,,,
    I love this recipe! I had to make it the day after seeing the show, and it has become a family favorite! Absolutely amazing?
    I tried this on my family and they all loved it, even the picky ones. The only complaint I have is that it is a little more time than I would normally want to spend putting together breakfast, but if you have the time, its definitely worth it.
    All week food network played this episode over and over so tonight I finally tried it....with a few yummy alterations

    I used Challah bread instead of a french loaf and instead of rum extract I used my buddy Captain Morgan lol.

    I melted 1/4 stick of butter and added 3T of brown sugar....once it was melted i added 3 sliced bananas and 2 shots of spiced rum.

    I sliced the bread into 2in slices and cut the slit in the center then set it aside

    I also started to preheat my oven

    My custard was made of 4 jumbo eggs, 1t vanilla, 1/2 cup of whipping cream, cinnamon and 2 more shots of rum!!!!

    I filled the bread slices (after I folded in the cream cheese) soaked them in the batter and put them on the baking sheet with the greased rack on top....I baked them for 20 min and they came out PERFECTLY!!!!!!

    My husband who hates bananas even loved this recipe!!!! I topped them wth powdered sugar, butter and maple syrup!!!!!


    I TOTALLY RECOMEND THIS TO ANYONE!!!!! I will make this again soon!!!
    I made a few changes such as low fat cream cheese and fat free half and half. The taste was great. I thought it was great, but my boyfriend thought is was too sweet. I definitely have a bigger sweet tooth than him. I would make this again, if I had a craving for sweet bananas.
    The french toast, served with the bacon and hashbrowns from this episode was possibly the best breakfast I've ever eaten!
    Love the Neely's, but these were mushy and there was way too much filling for the amount of bread. I tried to stuff it all in and the texture was just mush. The flavor was ok, not great, but the mush was hard to over come.
    I made this recipe immediately after watching the show this morning for my boyfriend. He loved it! The bananas made it extra special. I added a little coconut rum to the banana mixture to give it a little kick, since I did not have rum extract. I also used wheat bread instead of french bread since did not have french bread on hand.

    I will definitly make this recipe again.
    I made several changes to the recipe, but the gist of it remains the same. I made a lower calorie version by using, instead of butter and sugar, 1/4 cup Da Vinci sugar free butter rum syrup and a couple of tablespoons of Splenda brown sugar blend. The cream/milk/egg sugar was "decolorized" a bit too. I used 3/4 cup 1% milk, 3/4 cup half and half (the real stuff), and 1/2 cup of the same Da Vinci syrup along with the eggs. With both the banana mixture and the milk mixture I used nutmeg instead of cinnamon. It gave the finished dish a delicious almost "egg noggy" taste. Oh, and I substituted low fat cream cheese too.

    The Neelys are my favorite program on Food Network. It's apparent they love each other very much and enjoy each other's company in the kitchen. They always make me smile even when I've had a bad day. I hope the next time they're traveling that they visit my home town.
    I made a slightly different version of this about 2 months ago, For sypup I used the butter, brown sugar, water and run extract. In the filling I added walnuts for an unpected crunch and vanilla extract for more flavor. Everyone loved it.
    This french toast was very good. A tad too sweet for me, but still very good.
    I hate french toast, the texture, the taste, everything. I have to say that this was the best french toast I have EVER had! When I saw the show this weekend I thought I would give french toast one last shot because you made it look so good. It was amazing! The only thing I did different from the recipe was add rum extract to the banana mixture. I could have sworn I saw you do it on the show but did not see it in the recipe. Great job guys, it was awesome!
    This is yet another recipe I have tried of yours that came out magnificent! I couldn't wait to prepare it the following morning after watching your show. I used Italian bread b/c it was on sale that day. I use the confectioners sugar and prepared the brown sugar bacon and it all came together superbly!

    Thank you for coming into my home with all the warmth and love the two of you show on T.V. I know it can't be easy but you guys make it seem so effortless to work together in the kitchen. My significant other and I love watching your show and we even get down and loving in the kitchen as well! We make a good team and you guys make us feel like what we are doing is great! Thanks for showing the love. Thanks for preparing new and different dishes for me to try on my family.


    Peace and blessings,
    C.P. from C.P.'s kitchen
    Detroit, MI
    I ran out to buy everything for the breakfast after watching the episode and could hardly wait till morning to make it. It sure goes fast watching you guys in a half hour show in TV world. It took me two hours to do the entire breakfast in between a baby and two dogs running around. But my husband and I agree it was totally worth it. We both just melted into the french toast. It was awesome. We are always looking for new ways to make french toast and add things to it but this won us over for sure. I also just love watching the way you guys love eachother and how it comes through in everything you do together. Like every marriage there are issues but when you look at the both of your eyes you can really see the true love and admiration you each have for one another. I am in awe by it and love it and love watching you guys create. I record the show for my husband to watch and learn also.

    Leslie C in Florida
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