- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- 3 ripe bananas, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 large unsliced loaf French bread, bread cut into 8 slices
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon rum extract
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
- Maple syrup, for garnish
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.