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Baked Banana French Toast

This easy overnight recipe makes a delightful breakfast or brunch entrée. The flavor is reminiscent of banana pudding, so I’ve also served it for dessert.—Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 9 cups cubed French bread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 9 large eggs
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a small bowl, toss bananas with lemon juice. Place half of bread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; layer with cream cheese, bananas and remaining bread.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, butter, syrup and cinnamon; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 348 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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