Sundays is all about FAMILY. Most families come together when they prepare meals together, every recipe has a story behind it. Recipes are passed down from generation to generation, especially if someone is getting married the bride receives a recipe box and is shown how to make each dish with love for her husband and children to keep tradition alive. So this morning instead of visiting your favorite restaurant or diner why not stay home, save some money and enjoy each others’ company.
Yield: 6 people
2 T. butter
2 T. + 1/2 c. sugar
2 large ripe bananas, peeled, cut into 1/2″ rounds
1 lb. loaf day-old challah bread, cut into 6 slices 1 1/2″ thick or texas toast
2 c. milk
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. honey
seeds from 1/4 vanilla bean or 1/2 T. vanilla bean paste
maple syrup or caramel sauce
whipped creme fraiche or whipped cream
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add 2 T. sugar, & 2 T. water, stirring to dissolve sugar; cook until lightly caramelized, 4-5 minutes. Add bananas cook for 1 1/2-2 minutes. Transfer to bowl, set aside. Cut 2″ long slit in one side of each bread slice, cutting three-fourths of the way; stuff pockets with banana mixture.
2. Preheat the Panini press, or a grill pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, cinnamon, honey, 1/2 c. sugar & vanilla bean seeds or paste, pour in a baking dish. Soak the bread slices for 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Cook on Panini press, or a grill pan grill for 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet with rack over it, repeat with remaining bread. Serve with maple syrup or caramel sauce & whipped creme fraiche . Enjoy!