Atlantic Grill's Bananas Foster French toast is just sweet enough

Q My family and I enjoyed a lovely oceanfront Sunday brunch at Atlantic Grill, located in the Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. One of their highlights was their Bananas Foster French toast. The sauce was sensational with just the right amount of sweetness and spice. Kudos also for the texture of the toast itself, light, moist and flavorful. I hope you can persuade whoever is responsible for this winning brunch option at Atlantic Grill to share it with your readers. Thanks! -- Kathy DeStefano, Coconut Creek

A. Executive Chef Rocco Honig was happy to share the Atlantic Grill’s (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8070, Bananas Foster French toast recipe. Honig points out that his classic dessert turned brunch staple is also available on the daily breakfast menu.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Honig joined Atlantic Grill in April offering diners a mix of his specialty Italian dishes with coastal favorites. If you’re new to Honig’s fare, here’s something to entice a visit. Now through September the Atlantic Grill is offering 20 percent off meals for all Florida residents with a valid Florida ID, during breakfast, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Valet is complimentary for locals.

Or you may want to check out the recently launched seaside happy hour with oceanfront views on the terrace. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, with drinks and bites specials and three hours complimentary valet.

Atlantic Grill’s Bananas Foster French toast

Adapted from Executive Chef Rocco Honig.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1 banana, sliced

½ cup banana liquor

3 ounces brown sugar

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of kosher salt

3 pieces thick-cut challah bread

Egg batter (2 large eggs, ¼ cup milk, 2 tablespoons cinnamon)

Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

1. Using a medium saute pan over medium high heat, heat 2 tablespoons butter. Saute banana until golden brown and caramelized.

2. Deglaze pan with banana liquor and reduce by half, add brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon until sugar is melted. Add cinnamon and salt, keep warm over low flame. If flame is too high the sauce will break.

3. Using a large saute pan over medium high heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Dip bread in egg batter to coat both sides and place in hot pan. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

4. Cut French toast on a diagonal. Place on the plate spreading the French toast out. Ladle the bananas foster sauce over the top of the French toast. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Makes two servings

Nutrition information per serving: 772 calories, 37% calories from fat, 32g fat, 16g saturated fat, 229mg cholesterol, 105g carbohydrates, 57g total sugar, 41g added sugar, 16g protein, 621mg sodium, 3g fiber

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