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My rich and filling Baked Banana Macadamia French Toast with its cream cheese filling is prepared the day before, soaked over night, and served hot and delicious in the morning.

Baked Banana Macadamia French Toast

Baked Banana Macadamia French Toast with cream cheese filling and pure maple syrup is prepared the day before, soaked over night, and served in the morning.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Soak time 10 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 468

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces bread (about 5 cups cut into ½ to 1 inch cubes, see note)
  • 1 large ripe banana (sliced)
  • ½ cup macadamia halves
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ⅓ cups half and half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

Instructions

The night before:

  • Grease six (6 ounce) ramekins with butter. Place in baking dish (I used two round cake pans).
  • Place half the bread in the ramekins.
  • Top the bread with banana, macadamia nuts, and cream cheese, dividing evenly between each dish.
  • Cover with remaining bread.
  • In separate bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Slowly pour over each ramekin, dividing the liquid mixture evenly between each dish. You might have a small amount of liquid left over, but try to get as much as possible into the ramekins.
  • Cover baking dish(es) tightly with plastic wrap, weigh down with a heavy plate to smash the bread into the liquid, and refrigerate over night. Note: some of the liquid will spill out into the baking dish the ramekins are placed in.

The morning of:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • If any of the liquid mixture spilled over, remove the ramekins from the baking dish and carefully pour anything that spilled back into the ramekins. Return ramekins to baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • To serve, top with additional maple syrup or dust with powdered sugar.

Notes

For french toast, I always recommend brioche, Challah, or a thick French bread. 
This recipe can be made in a single casserole dish instead of ramekins, however you may need to increase cooking time to ensure center is cooked fully through.

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 3mg