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It’s mind boggling for me to think that it’s New Year’s Eve already.  What an amazing year 2014 has been! I am grateful beyond words for the time I’ve enjoyed with family and friends, both old and new, for all their support through the year, and for the chance to have been a part of so many extraordinary events and the food blogger community. And I am grateful for all of you, who read and comment and encourage me to keep sharing my thoughts and ideas here. I’m looking forward to all the fun that’s waiting for us in 2015. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Of course, we need something deliciously delightful to give 2014 a proper send-off  – or to welcome in 2015 – or both – and I’ve got just the thing. It’s my Bourbon Bananas Foster French Toast, made with The Original Chocolate Swirl Bread, and it is so good. It would definitely make a decadent midnight supper with champagne to toast both the old and new year (and the 31st is National Champagne Day, so that’s perfect!).

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Earlier this month I attended the LA Food Bloggers Annual Cookie and Cookbook Exchange, and in addition to enjoying a great day and going home with a tinfuls of tasty treats and “new” cookbooks, we all received a loaf of Chocolate Swirl Bread to try.  I can’t describe it any better than it is on their website – it’s “an irresistible and iconic swirl of traditional and chocolate challah bread bursting with creamy dark Belgian chocolate chips.”

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It makes delicious toast all on its own, and a peanut butter (or Nutella) sandwich would be equally satisfying…but being the foodies we are, our thoughts immediately went to how we could really take it over the top.  There are some amazing pictures on their site, and people have been really creative.

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I must admit I stayed pretty traditional with my dish, but French Toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods, and somehow the thought of Bananas Foster occurred to me…and as long as we’re at it, why not give it a little Southern twist by using bourbon instead of rum? Although spiced rum would be pretty good too…

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The Chocolate Swirl Bread is soft and sweet, a mouthwatering combination of eggy Challah and deeply flavored chocolate breads, punctuated with the chocolate chips. One could easily become addicted to the rich flavors and texture, and finding different ways to incorporate it into mealtimes would be a happy task.

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French Toast, so good all on its own submerged in a mixture of egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and cooked in a bit of butter, is doubly delicious when made with Chocolate Swirl Bread.

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The brown sugar/cream/bourbon sauce combined with bananas and pecans was rich and flavorful and did indeed make a most decadent treat on top of French Toast made with the Chocolate Swirl Bread. I hope you’ll give this a try for a special day, or to make an ordinary day an extraordinary one.

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My thanks to all of you in our  Cupcake Community, and to the fantastic companies and organizations that made this year such a special one for me: Camp Blogaway, Food Bloggers LA, Inland Empire Food Bloggers, Melissa’s Produce, Kerrygold Cheese & Butter, KitchenAid USA, California Farm Water Coalition, Produce Marketing Association, Bolthouse Farms, Dixie Crystals, Oroweat, Chocolate Swirl Bread, OXO and Willowbrook Farm. A special thank you goes out to my dear foodie friend Natalie at The Devil Wears Parsley for her amazing creativity and technical expertise on my updated blog site.

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Wishing everyone the sweetest New Year! May 2015 be filled with happiness, good health, and goals and dreams fulfilled. “In the New Year, you carry all the experiences of the past years and that is the greatest power of every New Year! This year again, you are less student and more master!”     Mehmet Murat Ildan

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Let’s all seize not just the day but the year, and make it our best one yet ~ enjoy!

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Note: Chocolate Swirl Bread supplied the bread for this post so that I could cook with it and share my thoughts about the product. All the opinions expressed are mine.

Bourbon Bananas Foster French Toast
 
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A rich topping of bananas, brown sugar, bourbon and cream makes French Toast so delicious, especially when it's made with Chocolate Swirl Bread!
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch/Breakfast for Dinner
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • For the French Toast:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 slices Chocolate Swirl Bread (or your favorite bread for French Toast)
  • For the Bananas Foster Sauce:
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sweet butter
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Bourbon (you can use rum or spiced rum if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. Make the French Toast:
  2. Heat a griddle or a large pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  4. Submerge each slice of bread (one at a time) in the egg mixture, allowing it to absorb some of the liquid but not enough to cause it to fall apart when you lift it out with a small spatula.
  5. Melt a little butter on the griddle and transfer the bread to the griddle to cook,
  6. Cook on each side 2-3 minutes, until nicely browned.
  7. Keep the slices warm in a 200F oven until all are done and the sauce is made.
  8. To make the Bananas Foster Sauce:
  9. In a pot, over medium heat, combine all the sauce ingredients except the bourbon/rum and bring to a boil, then boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat and add the liquor.
  11. To serve, cut two pieces of French Toast into triangles and spoon the Bananas Foster Sauce over the top. Enjoy!

 

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