A couple of weeks ago one of my facebook friends said that he liked to make french toast out of slices of banana bread, and ever since then I have been obsessed with the idea. Last night I found myself with several over ripe bananas, and so at midnight I somehow found the motivation and decided that I would make a loaf of banana bread, just so I could make this french toast in the morning. What a deliciously sinister plot. I made the bread using one of my favorite stand by banana bread recipes from the Kona Inn which I have been making for many years. I always add a splash of pure vanilla extract, and a generous dash of both cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg, and I typically omit the walnuts (because of my allergy). I also almost always replace the shortening in the recipe with butter, unless I am for some reason out of butter (which is only very rarely). This morning, since the bread was so moist, I sliced it and placed the slices on a sheet pan and baked them for 20 minutes or so in a 300º oven just to dry them out a little bit, so they could absorb the batter without just disintegrating. Next I combined three eggs, a healthy splash of whole milk, a little vanilla extract, about a tablespoon of sugar, and a big pinch of both cinnamon and nutmeg. I soaked each slice in the batter for about one minute, and then browned them in a buttered skillet for approximately two minutes per side. Top them with sliced bananas, toasted walnuts (if you are fortunate enough not to be allergic to them), and a drizzle of pure maple syrup (preferably grade A dark amber). What a simple but decadent breakfast. Moist and flavorful, spicy and sweet, it is perfect for house guests, Sunday brunch, or just a special treat for the family. We always seem to find ourselves with extra bananas around the house so I frequently make banana bread, as not to waste them (and if I don’t have time to make it immediately, I freeze the bananas for bread making on another day). This will definitely become a staple in our house. Thanks for the great idea Matt! Enjoy!