Saturday, February 26, 2011

When YUMOLOGY was based in NYC our panel of esteemed Yumologists would gather at various restaurants for brunch every Saturday, sampling the eclectic fare that only NYC can offer.

Brunch in NYC is like a call to prayer in many middle-eastern countries - you don't miss it! Every weekend thousands of sleepy New Yorkers roll out of bed, throw on a cap, don their weekend jeans, grab their Gucci bags and venture out in search of  a house of worship...or in this case a house of pancakes.

For our Brunch Bunch a favorite place to kick off the weekend was the Hell's Kitchen corner-stone eatery.  At 9th Ave. and 53rd St., eatery offers indoor/outdoor dining (dependent upon the weather of course) and hosts an array of contemporary takes on American classic breakfast recipes. Perhaps the one they are best known for is their stuffed French toast with chocolate-banana-cream cheese filling. YUM!

In an effort to recreate this dish at home, our Yumologists have come up with the following recipe for chocolate-banana-cream cheese - stuffed French toast:

1 2" thick slice of white bread
2 eggs
1/2 banana sliced thin
1/4 cup of chocolate syrup
1/2 bar of cream cheese
1/2 cup of confectioners sugar

1) In a large bowl mix one egg the cream cheese and the confectioners sugar together until smooth.

2)Take the thick slice of bread and cut through the middle of it from the top down - be careful NOT to slice the bread into two halves completely. The idea here is to create a pocket in which to stuff the ingredients.

3) Drizzle the chocolate sauce on the inside of the bread pocket, layer slices of banana along the sides and the spoon in the cream cheese mixture.

4) Take the second egg and whisk it so the yolk breaks open. Dip both sides of the bread in the egg and immediately add to a hot, greased frying pan.  Cook for 1-2 minutes on both sides, drizzle with warm maple syrup, or lightly powder with confectioners sugar and enjoy!

What else would you stuff your toast with?


Images courtesy of www.notderbypie.com and www.eatery.com

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