Hunka Hunka Stuffed French Toast

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Tools:

Broiler, sheet pan, bowl, stove top pan

Ingredients:

1 banana sliced into rounds

brown sugar, enough for generous coating on banana slices

1 egg

1 cup milk of choice

1/3 cup honey

3 slices bacon

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 slices quality bread

powdered sugar, for topping

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Method:

Set oven to broil. Place bananas on baking sheet, topping with generous sprinkling of brown sugar. Place in oven on the top rack, as close to the broiler as you can get. Once brown sugar has melted, remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Brown bacon in pan, reserve drippings.

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Whisk egg, honey, and milk together. Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread, arrange bacon on one slice and bananas on the other. Quickly put the sandwich together, squish so the peanut butter helps keep the ingredients together. Soak in honey, milk, and egg mixture for 2 minutes, ensuring bread has absorbed liquid. Brown on both sides in pan drippings, top with powdered sugar. Serve.

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Variations:

Gluten Free: Substitute gluten free bread of choice, dip sandwich in egg mixture quickly as gluten free bread tends to absorb faster.

Different Filling ideas: Strawberry peanut butter. Peanut butter and jelly. Nutella banana. Camembert and apple slices.

Vegan: Substitute Smart Life Bacon Strips or generic bacon bits (Yes, they’re Vegan.) Use 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup honey and whisk in 3 tablespoons cornstarch or flour instead of egg mixture.

There is nothing worse for a food loving human than losing the ability to taste.

I have a cold. This was the last meal I could take before sickness overtook my sinuses. My house is a den of sick-niquity. I miss this sandwich. It’s an homage to Elvis whose favorite sandwich was peanut butter, banana and bacon. We’re making this a unique brunch item by giving it the French Toast treatment. What will your friends say when you bring this to the party? An easy way to up your presentation game is with an icing sugar shaker.  Talk about a man pleasing meal! It’s a little out of the box, but if you love a salty sweet pairing, you’ll be in blue heaven.

When you’re sick, it’s important to have a good queue for binge watching on Netflix. Comfy pants and tea with honey are essential. Normally I attempt to cook my way out of sickness by concotions that involve a lot of spiciness. This is hard, unrewarding work that deserves lots of movie time. I’ve given a lot of thought to my top ten favorite movies I would take on a deserted island.

  • Big Fish
  • Clue
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • O Brother! Where Art Thou?
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • The Proposal
  • A League of Their Own
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Calamity Jane

Limiting yourself to ten is not as easy as you might think, there is never enough room for all the necessary pirate movies or classics. Nonetheless, I’ll be feasting on the buffet of movie choices until my sense of taste returns to me. What are your top ten?

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