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Banana Cinnamon Toast

Created date

June 11, 2015

Recipe details - RV

Cinnamon swirl bread from the bakery (or even just the supermarket) is such a treat. Are you a raisin person? I like their sweetness but their absence isn’t a deal breaker. I’d eat cinnamon swirl bread any way you give it to me. And if you give it to me dunked in melted butter, topped with bananas, and slathered with extra cinnamon sugar, all melted and gooey and warm, I’d say “Geez Louise” and ask you how you got a piece of toast to taste like a warm banana cinnamon roll. You’d say “Magic!” and I’d say “Genius!” and then we’d high-five. You’re so good at brunch.

Excerpted from Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert (Workman Publishing, $21.95). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Molly Gilbert.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread
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8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter

1 loaf cinnamon swirl bread, cut into 1-inch-thick slices (about 8 slices)

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 ripe bananas, thinly sliced


Preheat the oven to 350°F with one rack about 4 inches from the broiler and another rack in the center position.

Place the butter on a sheet pan and put the pan on the center rack until the butter melts and begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a heatproof surface (the pan will be very hot).

Carefully dip the bread slices in the melted butter, turning each one to coat both sides. Arrange the bread in a single layer on the pan.

Stir together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl to combine. Sprinkle the bread with 1/4 cup of the cinnamon sugar, giving each slice a thin, even dusting.

Bake the cinnamon bread on the center rack until crisp and toasty, about 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and turn the oven to broil.

Using a spatula, flip the slices of bread. The cinnamon sugar layer will now be on the bottom. Place a layer of sliced banana on each piece of toast, then dust with the remaining cinnamon sugar.

Place the pan under the broiler, 1 to 3 minutes.

Watch it closely: You’re looking for the toast to lightly char at the edges and the cinnamon sugar to bubble and caramelize atop the bananas (it will want to burn).

Serve the banana cinnamon toast warm.


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