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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Slow cooked challange Day 2 - French banana and honey toast

Being a fan French toast this excited me. I can't take credit for this I found it while nosing around the net but it's a simple recipe to suit all sweet tooth tastes. I'm always worried with French toast about the sugar content though so tweaked this slight to make it more friendly on my teeth... And waistline!




Ingredients: makes 6 servings using a 3L slow cooker


  • 1-2 cups of  skimmed milk (any will do, can use soy/almond too)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 slices of bread (white or whole grain)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • Vanilla extract to taste (I use 1/2 tsp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
For the filling:
  • 2 banana diced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
Step one: Add eggs, milk, honey, cinnamon, vanilla egg whites to a bowel and mix together

Step Two: in a separate bowl add all the filling ingredients and mix.

Here is both bowls made up. The honey rises to the top, if i had whisked it it wouldn't have done that - it don't effect it though. The large bowl is the milk mixture and the smaller is the filling.



Step 3: lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker and cut your bread into triangles. Place  a layer of bread onto the bottom and spoon on some of the filling (can spread it) repeat till you have 3 or 4 layers.



Step Four: Pour the eggy mixture over the bread. Cook on high for 2-2 1/2 hours or roughly 4 on low. Keep checking every hour or so to see if the mixture has soaked up.


Spoon out some mixture and serve. 

It looks more like a bread pudding type meal rather than toast but it's really yummy and satisfies that 
sweet tooth. 

Cost to make: 

I tend to have these in the house anyways, prices vary depending on brands used but this is what I would pay if buying from scratch.
  • Honey - Tesco own 99p
  • Lemon juice- Tesco - 90p
  • Bread - price varies (I buy reduced at 10p a loaf)
  • Eggs -Tesco  15 eggs - £1.50 (can find cheaper)
  • Cinnamon (always in my house)
  • Vanilla essence - Tesco - 90p (can find a lot cheaper)
  • Banana - roughly 12-15p each
Obviously you wouldn't use it all. These are ingredients I use on a regular basis in my cooking. The 
whole recipe based in what you would use costs for how I shop - 80p to feed all 4 of us breakfast plus extra for the must have 2nds pair in my house :) if buying bread at full price, or a single lemon etc the whole meal will be less than £1.50 to feed 6 people one serving or 3 people a good sized serving. 

Things you can add:
  • Apples instead of banana ( or both)
  • Berries
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Golden syrup
Anything sweet is perfect in this. If you try this I'd love to hear what you made :) 

Verdict:

Ill be honest, i personally did not like it. It was very sweet and mushy. I would usually make on the hob using cinnamon bread and apple and sultanas as the filling and alot less milk to keep the bread firm. The bananas were too sweet for my personal tastes and apart from the fact i had made it too mushy, the rest tasted fine. I topped a bowlful with some custard and the kids demolished it in minutes :D I think this would taste perfect if cooked on the hob.

  1. Make up the 2 bowls of mixture as above (use less milk) 
  2. Dip bread into the milk mixture - like you would if making eggy bread
  3. Pan fry in a small dab of oil for 1-2 minutes on both sides. 
  4. While hot spoon in abit of the mixture and add some squirty cream or icecream. 
All in all i was impressed. I would definatly make it again, but i would use alot less milk and lay off the banana :D

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