I’m trying to figure out how to type about my Crown Royal Vanilla Bananas Foster French Toast without drooling on my computer! *sigh* I don’t think it’s possible. LOL Y’all, I have made this recipe 3 times in the last few weeks and I feel like it magically gets better every time I make. Like, it is really that good. I have two witnesses to back up these claims! Haha
Inspiration Behind Crown Royal Vanilla Bananas Foster French Toast
Well, one day I woke up pretty late in the afternoon because my Fibromyalgia kept me up super late, as per usual. Anyway, it was lunch time, but I was really craving some breakfast food. You guys should know me by now…I don’t like basic food. I like food with some oomph and pizzazz! LOL I was scrolling on Pinterest as I sat at the dining room table and behold, a French toast recipe appeared on my timeline! So a light bulb went off and my wheels started turning…I knew I HAD to make some French toast for my brunch! I had just recently acquired my bottle of Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky and I have NO SHAME in admitting this, but I wanted some whisky incorporated some kind of way into my brunch!
I incorporated whisky into the custard and of course the bananas foster sauce as well as the whipped cream! Now my French toast recipe may seem a little odd to you guys because I used buttermilk and heavy whipping cream instead of the usual suspects of milk and cream. Now there’s no rhyme or reason as to why I decided to use buttermilk over milk, so if you don’t have buttermilk just go ahead and substitute it with milk, almond milk would work too! I love baking with buttermilk because of the tanginess it provides as well as how it makes baked goods tender! I guess I wanted a little tanginess here to cut through some of the sweetness of the bananas foster sauce.
Now, about the bread, I HIGHLY suggest using some sort of thick cut bread! I opted for a brioche loaf (and boy was it buttery and delicious) but you can use whatever bread you like. You could use Challah or French bread too! I had to make sure we are on the same accord about the thick cut bread because I made a huge mistake one of the times I made this recipe. I used potato bread and let’s just say the bread didn’t survive its journey to the pan! *face palm* So don’t be like me! And that actually happened while I was recording the video for this recipe. I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to share that video yet. LOL I will update this post if I decide to share it.
Also, please don’t shy away from this recipe because it’s Bananas Foster! You do not have to do the flambé trick chefs use (tilting the pan into the burner to create the famous flames) if you are not fully comfortable. I want you all to feel as safe as possible in the kitchen, especially since a lot of you don’t really want to be in there more than you have to. LOL Just add the alcohol when I say to add it in the recipe and let it cook. The alcohol will burn off. Oh, also serve this immediately! If you don’t I promise you will have some unpleasant, mushy bananas.
About this whipped cream though! It’s so good that you are going to keep this whipped cream recipe in your arsenal for when you bake pies and need a dollop of whipped cream on top or to top your ice cream floats and sundaes with. What makes this whipped cream so good is the addition of Crown Royal Vanilla! Yep, there’s Crown in every part of this recipe. Don’t judge me! LOL Be sure to pop a stainless steel bowl and hand mixer beaters or whisk into the freezer before you start cooking the French toast. A super cold bowl and beaters/whisk are the keys to perfect whipped cream!
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- 6 slices thick cut brioche loaf
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 2 organic brown eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky
- 2 teaspoons organic evaporated cane juice
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 bananas sliced on a bias
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/4 cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon organic powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky
French toast: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, heavy cream, eggs, cinnamon, whisky, evaporated cane juice, and salt until combined. Preheat a large frying pan on medium heat, then add a pat of butter. Take a slice of bread and dip both sides into custard mixture and then place the slice of bread into the hot pan. Be sure to not overcrowd the pan, 2-3 slices maximum at one time. Brown the first side and then flip it onto the other side. After both sides have browned, place the French toast on a cooling rack inside of a sheet pan. Keep the French toast warm in a preheated 200° F oven.
Bananas Foster: Wipe the surface of the pan you cooked the French toast with a paper towel. With the pan over medium heat, add butter, brown sugar, and heavy whipping cream. Whisk until combined. Let it cook for 2 minutes, until it thickens. Add cinnamon and whisky then whisk until combined. Let it cook for 1 minute. Finally, add in the sliced bananas and stir to coat. Remove the sauce from the burner.
Whipped cream: In a cold stainless steel bowl, add the whipped cream and beat on high with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes. When your whipped cream is almost finished, stop and add in the whisky and powdered sugar. Mix until combined and then your whipped cream should be done. Do not over-whip the whipped cream or it will turn into butter.
To plate, serve two French toast slices with Bananas Foster drizzled on top and a dollop of whipped cream.