i’m going to be obnoxious for a minute ( i know, it isn’t the first time)
i’m going to ask for your vote (the political science student in me just geeked out a little. realize this is nothing like politics at all, even a little bit but still)
my friend told me about this better homes & garden recipe contest and this one was all about breakfast/brunch recipes. it’s super simple to enter so i thought why not?.
i won’t win, of course. we’ve talked about this – i have zero dumb luck. but hey, the kardashians are famous and miley convinced someone to marry her (temporarily, almost) – so anything is possible.
plus, i’ve been wanting to make a bananas foster breakfast dish forever and had been waiting for a special occasion, but twist my armmmm i’ll make a breakfast dessert dish that involves setting booze on fire before noon.
my younger brother loves bananas foster, growing up he ordered it all the time for dessert. i came across a few recipes for bananas foster breakfasts but they were all loaded with half and half and so much butter. i swapped out a few different things and tested this as a french toast and as a strata, and this version definitely took the cake. my mom AND dad liked it – and lemme tell ya – they’d tell me. they’re not those parents who cushion my feelings, mostly because they know i don’t frost my opinions too often (all all, even a little bit).
this is a foodgasm like no other.
now admittedly, this is still one of the most decadent, rich, indulgent foods i’ve posted but this also isn’t a recipe you make for a casual sunday brunch while watching lifetime movies in your hanes t-shirt and avocado face mask. this is a special occasion dish.
honestly, while i was eating this with my family we were talking about how you could add a scoop of ice cream to this and it would totally be dessert. it’s that decadent.
it’s a bit of a labor of love to make, but it’s also a lot of fun because of the different elements that come together (re: lighting booze on fire, come on).
make this, it’ll knock the granny panties off of any ordinary brunch recipe & impress your guests.
and if you think it’s good, you can vote for it here (it would mean the world and a half to me): http://breakfast.betterrecipes.com/lighter-bananas-foster-breakfast-strata.html
- 1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 medium size bananas
- 1/2 cup dark rum
- 1 12 oz can fat free evaporated milk
- 1 5.3 oz individual container of nonfat greek yogurt (about a cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb either italian loaf, french baguette or challah (i used italian),cut into cubes
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 cup fat free milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- for the crumbly streusel:
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oats (i just used good ole’ quaker)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/3 cup wheat flour (white is fine too)
- 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- preheat oven to 350.
- heat a skillet over medium high heat and add oil and butter to pan, swirl it around a bit.
- add bananas and sauté them until brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- add half the rum, light carefully and allow flames to subside.
- add remainder of the run along with salt & brown sugar, allow to cook a few additional minutes.
- spoon the banana mixture into a bowl and set aside.
- in another bowl, beat eggs and add fat free milk, sugar and evaporated milk, stir until well combined.
- add to banana mixture.
- toss in bread crumbs and toss until coated.
- coat baking dish with cooking spray. spread bread mixture into 13 x 9 baking dish.
- pop into oven for 25 minutes.
- while the strata is cooking, combine all ingredients listed above.add oil and stir well. once strata has been cooking for 25 minutes, remove and top with streusel. bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes until golden.