Banana Split French Toast
Breakfast, brunch or dessert? However you decide to serve this special French toast dish, it's sure to please.
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 large eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 large bananas
Prepared whipped topping
- Drain cherries; discard juice or save for another use. Halve 8 cherries for garnish; set aside. Chop remaining cherries. Cut off and discard ends of bread; slice remaining loaf into 16 (1/2-inch) pieces.
- Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar at medium speed until creamy; stir in chopped cherries. Set aside. Blend eggs and milk in a shallow bowl or pie plate.
Dip bread slices in egg mixture, coating both sides. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bread slices in batches, using more margarine when needed. Cook until golden, turning to cook both sides.
- Slice bananas in half lengthwise, then in half again crosswise. Gently spread 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture onto each slice of French toast; top with banana quarter. Serve topped with whipped topping, reserved cherry halves; drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Makes 16 slices; 8 servings.
Recipe and photograph are provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.