Ainsley Harriott's Pineapple Toast with Caramelised Rum Bananas

For a decadent brunch or boozy dessert, make Ainsley Harriott's Caribbean-style French Toast with caramelised bananas. As seen on ITV's Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen.

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Introduction

This is a delicious, slightly boozy dessert and an absolute favourite of mine. It also makes a great brunch – it certainly gives you a kick start! I like to use a firm brioche loaf (too soft and it can go soggy in the egg mixture), but a good quality white bread works just as well. Substitute the rum with any remaining pineapple juice if you’d prefer it to be alcohol-free. My caramelised bananas are also delicious with a spoonful of clotted cream.

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Pineapple Toast:
100g unsalted butter, softened
8 brioche or white bread slices, about 1cm thick
1 x 225g tin crushed pineapple
2 tsp mixed spice
2 tbsp demerara sugar
4 large eggs
1–2 tbsp dark rum
100ml single cream
For the Caramelised Rum Bananas:
50g unsalted butter
3 tbsp maple syrup
1–2 tbsp dark rum
4 small bananas, peeled and cut in half on an angle
1 tbsp freshly grated coconut (optional)

Instructions

To make the pineapple toast, spread half of the softened butter over one side of each of the brioche slices.

Tip the crushed pineapple into a sieve and press out all of the juice into a bowl. Spoon the pineapple into a separate bowl and stir in 1 teaspoon of the mixed spice and all of the demerara sugar.

Spoon 1 heaped tablespoon of the pineapple mixture into the centre of 4 of the brioche slices and cover with the remaining slices, buttered-side up. In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs, rum (or pineapple juice) and remaining teaspoon of mixed spice and set aside.

Heat the remaining butter in a heavy-based frying pan set over a medium heat. Once sizzling, dip two of the pineapple sandwiches into the egg mixture until well soaked and evenly coated and carefully place into the hot pan. Cook for 2 minutes on each side until crisp and golden, then remove from the pan and repeat with the other two sandwiches.

Meanwhile, make the caramelised bananas. Set a separate large frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter. Once bubbling, add the maple syrup and stir until it begins to bubble, then add the rum and carefully flambé to burn off the alcohol (alternatively, use the pineapple juice). Add the bananas and cook for 2–3 minutes until caramelised, then flip and cook for a further 2 minutes on the other side. Add the grated coconut and serve immediately, spooned on top of the pineapple toast.

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