Hello you sinfully satisfying sandwich. Thank you for being so sweet and creamy, melting in my mouth with every delectable bite. I have never truly believed in love at first sight, but you have proven me wrong. I fell for you the moment I laid eyes on you. And I fell hard.
You didn’t disappoint.
The Travel Channel has this awesome show that the hubby and I watch called Man vs. Food. Have you seen this show?!? Adam Richman (the host) goes around to different towns to tackle the most monstrous food challenges from the insanely spicy hot wings to the largest hamburger platters the world has ever seen. And he eats it all. Adam is the man, and he has conquered food.
During one episode he visited Pittsburgh. Now I’m from PA (and if you’re from PA, you say “PA”, not “Pennsylvania”. It’s a state law, I swear), and I’ll be honest, I have never had the desire to go to the Burgh. (Sorry Steelers fans. ) I visited the Burgh during my tour of the University of Pitt during my high school years… and subsequently went to Temple University because I have a love affair going on with Philly. Anyway, what I DID NOT know during my tour of Pittsburgh was that the people eat LARGELY. When you order breakfast, you get a meal for like 6 people! They even serve ICE CREAM on their french toast and pancakes. Oh Pittsburgh, why I have I neglected you?! A french toast sundae?!?! Can I start drooling now?!?
I decided to make my own Pittsburgh breakfast with the help of food blogger Burghilicious. She turned my absolute FAVORITE sandwich (PB and banana) into something so heavenly that I HAD to make it – a PB and banana french toast sandwich. It was outstanding! And it was so simple to make.
I used cinnamon bread from the local Amish Market and boy was that a smart move. Nothing beats homemade cinnamon bread, especially from Shady Maple. Make sure your bread is sturdy otherwise the sandwich will turn into a droopy, soggy mess. Lauren, from Burghilicious, used thick slices of challah bread.
If you decide to serve this sandwich with a healthy scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream, please be sure to invite me over to your house because I want some.
Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast Sandwich
Source: Slightly adapted from Burghilicious
8 slices cinnamon or challah bread, 1/2 inch thick
2-3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2-3 ounces peanut butter, at room temperature
1-2 bananas, sliced no thicker than 1/4 inch
1 Tbs. half and half
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons butter for the pan
confectioner’s sugar for topping
Spread 4 slices of bread with a nice layer of cream cheese and other 4 slices with peanut butter. Add banana slices to the peanut butter slices.
Close the slices to make a sandwich. In a large skillet warm butter on medium-high heat.
Mix eggs, cream, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. Generously dip the all sides of the sandwiches into the egg mixture and place in buttered skillet. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Place sandwiches on serving dish, pour maple syrup on them, and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.