1 16ounceloaf of challah breadcut into 1 inch thick slices (about 12 slices)
½cuphalf and half or milk
2underripe bananassliced in 1 inch slices on a bias
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla together. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture and flip and soak other side.
Preheat skillet (do not use a nonstick skillet if flambeing rum later) over medium heat and add in 1 tablespoon butter.
Once butter is melted, brown each slice of french toast for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet and place on baking sheet and place in oven while making the bananas foster sauce for 15 minutes.
Bananas Foster Sauce
Melt remaining butter in same skillet over low heat. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Add bananas and cook for 1 minute on each side.Remove bananas from pan to a serving dish.
Bring sauce to a simmer and carefully add the rum, if using. If the sauce does not immediately flame up, carefully ignite sauce with a stick lighter. Cook until flame dies out, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
To serve, place 2 slices of the french toast on a plate, top with a few slices of bananas and then a bit of the syrup.