Banana Bread French Toast Kabobs with Strawberries and Pineapple

Apolinaras and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary yesterday! I will restrain myself from being too mushy, but I will say I am thankful every day to be married to such incredible partner. He balances me out, reminds me what really matters, supports my ambitions, and will be the best father when we have kiddos.  I know I am one lucky girl!

To celebrate, we splurged on the six course tasting menu at Craigie on Main in Cambridge. We were both blown away by both the food and unpretentious service. We ended up being served six savory courses and three dessert courses, all of which featured seasonal ingredients from local farms. The highlight was when Chef Tony Maws personally delivered the last savory course (Pork Two Ways: organic grilled vermont suckling confit with a crispy skin and pork belly with barley couscous, fresh greens, and crispy shallots). Our other favorite courses were the Salad of Hiramasa Sashimi (with a gold beet-pine nut-mango salsa, avocado, whitefish roe, and shiso), Curry Oil-Poached and Roasted Dayboat Sea Scallops (with their roe and a ginger pineapple-marjoram sauce), and Crispy Tempura of Maryland Softshell Crabs (with fresh hearts of palm, cipollini onion, and a chorizo sauce). These descriptions do not do the food justice – everything was amazing! I also got to try geoduct and rabbit sausage for the first time and had my first poached egg served with a ragout. I’ve been scared of runny yolks my entire life, but I had already decided to be more adventurous than usual and eat everything they gave us, so I dug in and was surprised that it was rather tasty! The desserts were also excellent (tea-infused panna cotta, olive oil and chocolate mousse, peanut butter cookie sandwiches with grape coulis, and a chilled rhubab puree). Everything was phemonomial and I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the Boston area! They also have a bar and brunch menu, which we’re now eager to check out.

I also did a little celebratory cooking. Apolinaras requested my goat cheese risotto, which I stuffed with fresh asparagus and wild mushrooms for lunch yesterday and then I made a special treat for breakfast this morning –  Banana Bread French Toast Kabobs with Strawberries and Pineapple! The flavors were inspired by my mom’s favorite fruit salad of bananas, strawberries, and pineapple. I made my beloved Betty Crocker banana bread recipe (with 2 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose and walnuts), and then made it into French toast by dipping each slice in a mixture of buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and toasting them up in a hot skillet. I threaded pieces of the French toast along with fresh strawberries and pineapple onto skewers and served it with syrup and a bit of yogurt with toasted coconut on top to dip the fruit into – yum! I thought it was a very cute presentation, but my practical hubby rolled his eyes a bit (“wouldn’t it be less work to serve everything separately?” – I have always loved his honest opinions!). So, perhaps these kabobs would appreciated a bit more at a girly event like a brunch bridal/baby shower!

Banana Bread French Toast Kabobs with Strawberries and Pineapple
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 slices of banana bread
1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 strawberries, hulled
12 chunks of fresh pineapple

Directions:
Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract in a pie pan until smooth. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Dip banana bread into egg mixture on both sides and cook about 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Slice each piece of French toast into 1 inch squares and make kabobs by alternating a strawberry, chunk of pineapple, and two squares of French toast onto each skewer until fillled. Makes 4 kabobs (2 large servings). Serve with syrup and yogurt topped with toasted coconut, if desired.

Nutrition: 649 calories, 12.4g fat, 6.9g fiber, 21.4g protein per serving
Cost: $3.52 per serving

42 Responses to Banana Bread French Toast Kabobs with Strawberries and Pineapple

  1. Happy anniversary!! That wedding picture is just gorgeous. And what a fabulous dinner it sounds like you had. Six courses plus three desserts; that sounds like heaven! And your risotto sounds delicious, too! Of course, you know my sweet tooth–I’m totally drooling over that banana bread French toast kabob.

  2. Congrats!!! And I love the wedding photo, you two look so happy! Sounds like you had one heck of an amazing meal. I’m jealous just hearing about it! :) And the little kabobs are too cute – great idea!

  3. Happy anniversary, Kerstin! I like your idea of the healthy kebobs!
    yum & with banana bread: how creative you are!!
    MMMMMMM…..
    & so well presented: what a lovely picture!

  4. Happy Anniversary!! Your dinner sounds wonderful! Your so brave for trying those new foods. The french toast is so delicious made out of banana bread.

  5. Congratulations on your 5th wedding anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your dinner sounds delicious. Did you take any photos???
    AND I am enjoying reading your blog. Love, MOM

  6. what? is this a celebrity couple? both of you guys are gorgeous babe and hunk! man, what a good-looking couple, and looking SO happy to be together…:-)
    french toast kabob? way to kick my fav food up a whole notch! yummy!

  7. I love this idea! So clever.

    Congrats on five years! That’s awesome! The restaurant and meal sound great. I’m very interested in that peanut butter cookie with grape coulis.

  8. Happy 5th Anniversary!!! I love your wedding photo! You two are so cute together :)

    These French Toast Kabobs are a great idea! That’s so funny that the kabob part was lost on your hubby – sounds familiar. These would be perfect for a brunch. And I love the idea of using a different type of bread, like banana bread, for the french toast!

  9. Happy Anniversary!! Your dinner sounds wonderful!! I love you breakfast with banana bread and fruit, I never seen anything like this before . I bet it’s delicious!

  10. The tasting menu sounds amazing. Must have been a fantastic night. I like the idea of french toast on a stick. You could dip each piece into syrup and eat it off the stick.

  11. Happy anniversary! The dinner out sounds AMAZING! I want to do that for my anniversary – a 6 course tasting menu is my kind of meal.

    The breakfast kabobs are over the top beautiful and delicious…nicely done!

  12. Congratulations! Your meals sound amazing, and what a fun idea for the kabobs. Yes, they may be more work (men and their pragmatism, right 😉 ), but they are so cute and fun. Love it!

  13. Happy Anniversary!! Your wedding photo is absolutely gorgeous!! Y’all are such a beautiful couple!

    Your celebratory tasting menu sounds absolutely incredible…. Personally, though, I think your banana bread kabobs sound like the best dish of all!! They’re so colorful and absolutely inspired!

    P.S. I just wrote a post bragging about you and your chicken cakes… :-) I hope you don’t mind… :-)

  14. Aww, thanks so much everyone! All of your lovely comments made my day :) I still can’t believe it’s already been 5 years!

  15. Wow, what a fabulous idea!! How have I never seen something like this before?? Also, still don’t know why I haven’t yet been to Craigie on Main.

    And goat cheese risotto? Bam! Two of my loves just collided in one dish :)

    Congrats on your anniversary!!

  16. LOL! While my honey doesn’t really say anything his eyes are saying whatever! He figures if it makes me happy, keeps me busy!

    I love the idea of this! Very fun!
    ~ingrid

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