“Though we can’t always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves.”
– Swami Satchidananda, was an Indian religious teacher, spiritual master and yoga adept.
Looking back with perspective upon the unfortunate event of making sub-par banana bread this weekend, I would say this happened in my best interest.
In fact, I would say I was being guided in a way better than I knew myself.
Following the birth of mediocre Weight Watcher’s banana bread, came its timely demise and reconstruction as, ahem, drum roll please….
Bad Ass Banana Bread French Toast.
*Note: This is a “healthy lifestyle” recipe in the sense that it will make you outrageously happy. It may or may not be what you consider bodily healthful. Seriously though, make it.
1 loaf banana bread, sliced thickly (the Weight Watcher’s version only has 133 calories per slice! That allows for me to not feel as badly when I cover it in butter and sugar…)
1/4 cup milk
tons of cinnamon
splash of vanilla
For each pan-full of french toast slices:
1/4-1/2 stick of butter (enough to melt and lightly cover whole bottom of frying pan)
1/4 cup sugar (I like turbinado, but white is okay too, depending on your preferences)
Tons more cinnamon
1. Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in shallow dish.
2. Heat large frying pan to medium-high. Melt butter, stirring continuously.
3. As soon as butter is fully melted, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over entire bottom of pan. Working quickly, dip slices of french toast in egg mixture and lay in buttery-sugary goo.
4. Cook until browned (about 1 minute) and use tongs to flip slices over, shuffling pieces around to get more buttery-sugary goo on the newly-downturned side.
5. Being careful not to allow burning, ensure slices are cooked on both sides.
6. Key step: Lay a couple of forks tines-up on a plate. Pull bread slices out of frying pan and lay on tines so the slices are slightly elevated (the sugary-goo needs the air circulation to crystallize on the bottom!)
7. If making more than one batch, you’ll need to clean out the pan, go back to step 2 and repeat – otherwise you’ll have a burnt sugar mess you don’t wanna deal with.
8. Let cool several minutes. Devour, while contemplating the greater powers that guide our lives.
Other options: skip the banana bread making and egg-dipping all together. Use slices of any sandwich bread and just place them in the butter-sugar-goo, cook, flip, cook, cool, nomnomnom.