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Banana's Foster French Toast

From MOUNTAIN GOAT LODGE
Quite decadent – but then, you’re on vacation! (Serves 4-6)

You'll need:
1 day-old loaf of artisan-style French bread, cut into 1” slices
T. butter – for frying French toast

Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans chopped Soaking mixture:
6 eggs
1 cup half/half
1 t. vanilla
1 t. sugar Banana Topping:
Half stick of butter
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans whole, toasted (optional)
1 ounce of Rum
4 large firm bananas, sliced on the bias

Mix filling mixture onto half of the sliced bread, covering with the other slice and pressing firmly together. Soak sandwiches in the milk/egg/vanilla/sugar and start frying them over medium in a little bit of butter until golden on each side.

Meanwhile - in separate non-stick frying pan, sauté together the butter, brown sugar, rum, and pecans until syrupy, add the bananas and quickly coat and heat them, but take care not to “cook” them. To plate: cut each sandwich in half diagonally and prop one half up on top of the other. Spoon a generous portion of bananas and butter rum sauce and sprinkle with pecans.