Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful mamas and mamas-to-be! Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness to you and your families on this special day! Today I am hosting brunch at our house, as I'm 2 weeks away from delivering Baby #2! We are so excited that our family is growing! Enjoy our Mother's Day Brunch Menu...and recipe for my Baked Creme Brûlée French Toast with Bananas and Pecans! 

Baked Creme Brûlée French Toast with Bananas and Pecans
Serves 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 55 minutes
10-12 slices of challah bread, one loaf (or any other bread of your choice)
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup corn syrup (or golden syrup)
4-5 medium, ripe bananas, sliced thin
1/2+ cup pecans, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Powered sugar
Maple syrup (We love our GrandDad Ken’s REAL Vermont Maple Syrup!)
**NOTE: Prepare this dish the night before and refrigerate uncooked overnight for best results. Cook in the morning and serve immediately.**
Butter bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup and mix until smooth. 
In another large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half and vanilla to pour over each layer.
Next, you will create a layering effect of the ingredients much like a lasagna. So, spread some of the brown sugar mixture into an even layer in bottom of buttered baking dish. Add thinly sliced bananas and place over brown sugar mixture. Scatter chopped pecans over bananas. Add a layer of bread slices and sprinkle with cinnamon. Then, pour some of the egg mixture over that layer. Repeat until all bread and bananas are layered in your baking dish.
**Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly, run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen sides and carefully invert pan onto a large platter, dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately with warm maple syrup. Enjoy!
Optional: Top with sliced bananas, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.

Mother's Day Brunch Menu

Baked Creme Brûlée French Toast with Bananas and Pecans
Fresh Fruit platter of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and pineapple
Smoked salmon platter with capers, onions, hard boiled eggs, cream cheese & bagels 
Ham and cheese quiche, Spinach and cheese quiche
Spinach salad with goat cheese, strawberries and walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette
Lemon meringue pie
Orange juice, Mimosas and Coffee

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