Great Harvest Cinnamon French Toast with Bixbys Lavender Honey {Sunday Brunch}

It’s one of those days. Outside the air has turned crisp and cool. And inside, we’re in need of a little warm indulgence in our lives.

So we headed into our kitchen to rummage around for inspiration and found just the right local ingredients on hand.

I had visited my parents’ Great Harvest Bakery in Chapel Hill for their daily free sample…

make that two…or three…I just..can’t…stop…

And eventually back to Winston-Salem I came with their ooey gooey delicious cinnamon roll bread.

Meanwhile, Harrison had cruised by the Reynolda Village Farmers Market and scored some divine lavender honey from Bixby Honey Farm out of Advance, NC…

We threw in some bananas, pecans, sprinkles of cinnamon, a couple of farm fresh eggs and freshly brewed Krankies Coffee

This my friends, is a collaboration done right.


Until we revel in local indulgences again,

a + h


Bananas Foster French Toast – Sunday Brunch

In honor of one of our favorite food cities, New Orleans, and because we’re feeling a little nostalgic today (it’s where we got engaged), we decided to whip up some divine Big Easy inspired comfort food on this sunny Sunday.

(A little late for brunch today, but hey, nevertheless… ) 

Let’s let loose on some Bananas Foster French Toast, shall we?

Bananas Foster French Toast - Mise En Place

Mise en place.

For your French Toast:

  • (1/2) loaf of Challah bread (hint: let your bread sit out overnight for french toast)
  • (4) large eggs
  • (1/4) cup of cream
  • (1) and (1/2)  teaspoons of cinnamon
  • (1) tablespoon of sugar (to help carmelize)
  • dash of nutmeg

1.  Mix eggs, cream, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Eggs, cream, butter, cinnamon

2.  Slice your bread loaf into one and 1/2  inch slices.

3.  Dip bread slices into egg mixture and coat thouroughly,

French Toast Ingredients All In Place

Bananas Foster French Toast in Batter

4.  Put (1) tablespoon of butter in a large saute pan and turn on medium-low heat (4 on your stove dial).

Melt Butter in a Saute Pan for French Toast

5.  Once pan heats (tempers) and butter is melted, add those scrumptious slices of of coated bread.

6.  Sear each piece for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned on each side.

Cooking Bananas Foster French Toast

For the goodness, a.k.a. your bananas foster topping:

  • (2) bananas, sliced into pieces
  • (2) ounces of butter – approx. 1/2 stick
  • (1/3) cup of brown sugar
  • (1) teaspoon of vanilla
  • hint of cinnamon
  • (note:  you can use 2 tablespoons of rum also… we’re just keeping it PG today)

1. On low heat, add your butter, vanilla and cinnamon to a medium sauce pot.

2. Let butter melt down then add brown sugar.  Stir frequently until sugar dissolves.

Brown Sugar Into Butter for Bananas Foster French Toast

Melt Sugar in Butter for French Toast

3.  Then, turn heat up slightly and add banannas. Stir frequently.

Bananas Into Brown Sugar Butter Mixture

4.  Mixture should take about 3 to 5 minutes to cook.

bananas foster mixture

5.  Once complete, plate your slices of french toast, add your topping and let loose…dig in!

Bananas Foster French Toast

Dig in! And don't forget your Vermont pure maple syrup...Divine.

Until we eat again,

A & H