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Banana Raisin French Toast

Banana Raisin French Toast

Banana stuffed French toast is super easy to make in this oven-baked recipe. There’s no tricky bread pocket to slice and stuff. Just layer sliced bananas between raisin bread in a casserole dish then drench in a cream cheese custard and bake to a creamy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside French toast. Prepare it the night before or a few hours ahead then bake just before serving. With bananas and raisins it’s a double-fruit French Toast ready when you are. Serve with fresh strawberries and a side of bacon or sausage if you like. Pretty and simple for Easter brunch or any day!

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Banana Raisin French Toast

Makes 4-8 servings     Prep Time: 10 minutes     Bake time: 40-50 minutes

8   slices Sun-Maid Raisin Bread
2   medium bananas cut in 1/4-inch slices
1    cup milk
4    ounces cream cheese, at room temp or microwave 20 seconds
3    eggs
1/3 cup sugar or 3 tablespoons honey
3    tablespoons all-purpose flour
2    teaspoons vanilla extract
dash of nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

HEAT oven to 350° F. (If baking immediately).
PLACE four slices of raisin bread in a single layer in a buttered 9-inch square baking dish. Top with bananas and four slices of raisin bread.
BLEND milk, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla and nutmeg and cinnamon if using in a blender or food processor until smooth.
POUR over raisin bread. Let stand 5 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
BAKE 40 to 45 minutes (50 to 55 minutes if refrigerated) until set and top is toasted. Let stand 10 minutes.
CUT French toast into diagonal halves and remove with spatula. Dust servings with powdered sugar if desired.

Photo by www.kellyburgoyne.com

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10 Comments

  1. Alisa Riddle-Lind
    Posted March 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    This recipe is so yummy! A definite must try.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted March 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Alisa! Glad you got to be a taste-tester at our meeting yesterday. And thanks so much for your tech-help!

  2. Erika
    Posted March 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    This looks great Mom!

  3. Posted March 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Mom – this looks great for Easter Brunch!

  4. Janet Pfeiffer
    Posted March 24, 2016 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Yum!! Sounds really good…going to try it!

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted March 24, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      Thanks Janet! Would love to hear how you like it. Happy Easter!

  5. Posted March 24, 2016 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to sprinkle the bananas with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted March 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      Excellent addition, Rita! I’m going add that as optional in the recipe now.

  6. Posted March 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always been a French toast person versus a pancake person, and this sounds amazing, what with the raisins and bananas and all! Perhaps even better is that it needs no standing over the stove. Adding it to my bucket list. 🙂

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted March 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      I agree Jill. For a crowd it’s great. And it feels so smart to take from the fridge ready for the oven.

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