For the longest time, I have hidden behind the facade of doing the right thing for my children. We do not have cable – haven’t for about the last 4 years. Sure, I chalk it up to some lofty ideal about screen time and critical thinking and imaginative play. Right! The truth of the matter is that we do not have cable because if we did, I think child services would be knocking on my door. The charge? Neglect. Specifically, neglect from a mother completely consumed by The Food Network. I. Am. Not. Joking.
Since we don’t have cable at home and only use our TV for watching DVDs, one of the high points of family getaways is watching TV in the hotel room. I actually have my offspring bamboozled into thinking The Food Network is better than the Disney channel. Quite a feat if you ask me. The Little Little One even refers to a hotel as “The Food Network Place”.
Last weekend we took a little roadtrip up the coast. I could go on telling you about the elephant seals we saw in Piedras Blancas, the mission in Santa Barbara, the walk along the shore in Cambria, or the sand dollars we collected in Pismo Beach. But none of that would compare to the episode of the Food Network we saw where one of the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that Guy Fieri was visiting cooked up Banana Bread French toast on their dessert menu. I couldn’t wait to get home and try it.
I started off by just baking my usual banana bread. Then whisked some eggs just as you would for making regular French toast.
I dipped each slice of banana bread into the egg and then added to the butter I had melted in a large skillet. Once one side was nice and golden brown, I gave it a flip.
While all that was going on in one skillet, I put together the sauce in another skillet. Starting with “a little” butter and brown sugar, I heated it until the sugar dissolved.
I then added some sliced bananas and cooked until they were starting to soften.
I put the completed French toast on the plates, topped with some sauce, and then added a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Three words: To – Die – For!