Yeah my friends you got this right… two posts in a row! And I’ll be posting another one tomorrow! To tell you the truth I’ve had these posts in the “que” for a while now but I’ve been swamped with work and didn’t have time to finish them up. My day job has been keeping me super busy even during late hours at night and that’s when I usually blog :(. Being busy at work is a good thing right? Job security! Yes, that’s always a good thing 🙂
Anyway………..I need to share this post with you now! It’s so good that I want you to try it this weekend. I love banana splits and they inspired me to make this french toast! I hope you like them too! You have 4 more days to buy the stuff so theres no excuse. Okay?
But first let me vent a little on how hard it was to photograph this dish. I’m one to prepare as much ahead of time for the photoshoot; backgrounds, props, ingredients, camera settings, etc. and this time was no exception. I made the French toast, kept the whipped cream in the fridge (smart move huh? ;)), gathered everything I needed and began to photograph my subject. I kept the whipped cream in the fridge right until the last minute. When I was ready for the cream to make its appearance, I put it on my French toast, added the walnuts, strawberries and ta dah! It looked so beautiful! But wait…. that white stuff started melting so fast! What I didn’t realize is I only had two minutes at most for the whipped cream to hold its shape. After that it was a real mess! I was so frustrated by the end of the shoot but was thankful that I got two decent photos for the blog. Ugh!
I don’t know how you ice cream bloggers do it! I need to learn those fancy tricks on how professional food photographers style this stuff! I mean, there has to be a fake product out there to make it look like whipped/ice cream right? I must google this 😉
- For the Strawberry Maple Syrup
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- For the French Toast
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 8 thick slices of a day-old french bread
- Fresh cut bananas
- Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
- Cut strawberries
- Whipped cream
- Strawberry Maple Syrup:
- In a small saucepan, place the maple syrup, strawberries, and vanilla.
- Cook over medium heat. When the mixture begins to boil, lower the heat to medium low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to prevent mixture to sticking at the bottom of the pan. The syrup is ready once strawberries begins to breakdown. About 5 minutes, remove from heat and serve warm immediately.
- French Toast:
- Beat the eggs, milk, and cinnamon together.
- Whisk until well blended and pour into a shallow bowl.
- Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing bread to soak up some of the mixture.
- Melt some butter over a large skillet on medium high heat. Add as many slices of bread onto the skillet as will fit at a time. Fry until brown on both sides, flipping the bread when necessary. About 2 minutes per side
- Serve hot and top with the strawberry maple syrup, bananas, whipped cream, walnuts & strawberries.