Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's Slap Yo' Mama Good, But I Do NOT Suggest Actually Slappin' Mama. Ever. Seriously!

We, the residents of FriedOkra Manor try our best not to consume too many sugary, carby, empty-caloric foods devoid of nutrients and all that other good and necessary stuff, but dang, y'all, summer sure makes keeping Bean away from the sweet and sticky goodies difficult. Every time I turn around she's got a frozen treat or a hunk of candy in her hand or mouth, seems like.

Last week, it'd gotten so bad she had an actual, real live sugar Jones goin', and I'll be daggummed if I didn't catch that child climbing my pantry shelves to the tippy-top (and we have 9 foot ceilings in there, so she had a major haul gettin' herself up that far) to dig out the old bags of Easter and Halloween and leftover gingerbread-house makin'-candy! The kid wanted her some SUGAH.

I took this as a warning sign and so after the Hello, Bean, allow me to escort you to your room for a little think-time, hon, because we here at FriedOkra Manor do not sneak around and climb larder shelves behind our mothers' backs moment that immediately ensued, I instituted a three-day candy ban lickety-split.

Which for some reason, when prompted over dinner to tell her Daddy about what'd happened that day, she voluntarily upped to FIVE WEEKS. And I did not correct her.

Because I'm mean like that.

So today we stopped into our diner for a little post-OB-appointment lunchy and she proudly announced to one of our favorite servers who normally bestows upon Bean a little post-meal treat, "No lollipop for me! I can't have any canny for NINE WEEKS!"

Well, okay then, girlie! Rock on with your sugar-free self!

I honestly think she's about through her withdrawal period and I'm happy to see her back to asking for the healthier snacks she's always eaten quite merrily up until recently, like cashews, bananas, apples and raisins. Those requests do a mother's panicked soul good. Maybe we WILL keep the canny ban on for nine weeks!


But even though we earnestly try to be as close to sugar-free as possible, there's one treat --just one little goodie -- we seem to capitulate to as a group every week, without fail, and that's the banana bread French toast at Burnt Toast, where we have breakfast of a Sundy mornin'.

Now, comin' from the South, and directly out of a long line of cooks and bakers and women-who-will-make-up-a-loaf-of-sump'm-for-you-if-you-so-much-as-complain-of-a-little-hangnail-or-a-mild tooth-ache, I know a thing or two about banana bread. And I know a thing or two about French toast. And I'm one of those people who can't be happy to just go somewhere and eat something scrumptious, I have to figure out how to make it at home so it's every bit as good as the original or better, or I feel like I've been bested.

Mama does not like bein' bested, people.

So I've been tryin' to make banana bread French toast like they make at Burnt Toast. And I b'lieve I've got it. And I'm going to share it with y'all, because, say it with me, people, just like my sister once said, You need this recipe.

First, I created my own special recipe for banana bread, because in order for the toast to be right, well, the banana bread has to first be right. And by right, in this case, I mean heavenly, of course.

FriedOkra's Very Own Special Banana Bread Recipe

1 cup granulated sugar Photobucket
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 cup mashed very ripe banana
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. butter extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Preheat oven to 325°.

Whisk together the eggs, oil, water, bananas, extracts and sugar. Sift flour into wet ingredients and add cinnamon and cloves. Whisk until blended but don't get too crazy with it. It wants gentle treatment.

Pour into a prepared (with butter or oil and flour or a nice coating of non-stick spray) loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes to an hour. Allow to cool slightly then remove from pan and cool on rack.

To make the French toast:

For each two slices of toast you want to make, you'll need

1 egg
2 Tbsp. milk or cream
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Whisk all ingredients together well. Dip 1" slices of banana bread into this egg mixture and allow it to soak in for a few seconds. Fry dipped bread over medium-low heat in a little butter in a skillet until golden brown on each side. You want to do this slowly so you don't get a done lookin' piece of French toast that's still gooey on the inside. If you're just a fast-cooker like that, you might want to preheat your oven to 350° before you start fryin' and throw your toast in there for 5-10 minutes after they've done their stove-top tour. Just to be sure.

Serve hot with warm maple syrple syrup.




Hey, look upstairs at my fancy tabbed menu bar! I've added sump'm new! It's a Cooking & Recipe FORUM, y'all. Where we can all go and rave or retch over recipes we've tried, share meal ideas, and otherwise convene to chat about food (one of my favorite subjects, as you well know.) If you've got a great recipe for French toast or any other nifty breakfast treat like homemade donuts or pancakes or whatever, well then just hop on into the forum and show it off! Once you've clicked into the Forum, then look right at the top of the page for a button entitled, "My Topics." Click there and you'll see where you can start talking. Right now there's a FriedOkra area for random chats, a Freezer Meals section (because I am trying to fill up my freezer for days to come) and a Yummy Breakfast Treats section. I'll add more as we need 'em.

Now I ask you - is that not some fancy and new-fangled fun?

Yes, I thought you'd be pleased.

Go check it out and come on back and hang out in the Forum whenever you like. Right now the pickin's are a bit slim, but it'll take all of us to fatten that bad boy up.

Have a great Tuesday, y'all, and stay off those pantry shelves or you're gonna be in trouble with Mama.

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  1. Yummmmmmmm!! Can not wait to try this since both banana bread and french toast are irresistable in and of themselves. Thank you for this recipe. Sounds like a great labor project (which is something you do at home while you ar ein labor to keep your mind off the labor). We try to steer clear of candy too. Retched stuff. Why is it that EVERYONE thinks it is SOOOOO durn cute to give little kids candy???

    Heather and Cami

  2. That sounds amazing. Breakfast is definitely my weakness.

  3. I have never in my life heard of banana bread french toast. I was trying to picture the banana bread recipe that I make working - and I couldn't, because it's really gooey and moist. Thanks for giving us the recipe! :) Leave it to you.

    Oh, and I've got some recipes for the forum...woot. Today, I'll get them in there.

  4. That sounds wonderful!! Hunter loves him some banana bread! I think the french toast would send him into shock! I will have to try it.

    We are mostly sugar free during the school year. Healthy snacks, lots of fruits and veggies. Crackers and nuts are huge at my house too. Summer does just throw it all out the window!

  5. "rave or retch" Nice touch. Nifty alliteration.

  6. Do you have a hidden camera in my kitchen? Cause just last night Honey was asking if I would make some banana bread with our one so-ripe-it-is-almost-dead banana.

    Now, you can't make banana bread with only one banana BUT I was complaining about how I still haven't found a banana bread recipe that I like.

    The very next day you post this?

    Now I just need 2 more bananas and Honey can have his bread.

  7. Yum.
    You make everything sound so southern-mouth-water'n -good- for y'all- soul-good.

    and I love it

    and sugar ban? whew. I'm sweating just thinking about it.

  8. YUm is right. Guess what we're having for this weekend brunch?

  9. I"m thinking of my children (and me :() getting off sugar, and what I'm imagining is us all rolling around on the couch w/ dark circles under our eyes and beads of sweat on our brow and shaky hands..

    Good luck w/ the no sugar, may the force be with you.

  10. I have never heard of banana bread french toast. I'm really thinking it's something I shouldn't try because once I did... you know I'd have to have it again! I'm off to check out your new gadgets.

  11. Yum-O!
    Love your arty pic too, that pitcher is beautiful & the bread looks delish.

    My Eli climed on top of the dining room table before he could even walk and that's just how he is. Bean seems to have just a tad more impulse controll though.
    I don't believe I ever made a restriction longer even at that age. You might actually have it easy in the teen years...but we'll wait-n-see for that won't we ;)
    Great post!

  12. That banana bread frech toast recipe is making my mouth water just thinking about it! I will definitely have to try it out, we always seem to have a few overripe bananas at the end of the week.

    I'm glad to hear Bean is doing so well with her candy ban! So far it's been pretty easy to keep Sweetpea candy free, but I know it won't be long until that changes.

    Take care,

  13. Listen, I don't cook well, so when you whip some up, just send me some in the mail next time.

  14. Yum! Banana bread french toast, sounds like a winner! I think I will be trying out this recipe on Sunday. (Maybe even impress the in-laws.) I'll let you know how goes it when I do!

    I recently came across your blog over at 5 Minutes for Mom. It's now one of my favorite reads. Moved to IA from TX (please don't ask me why) and enjoying the fried okra.