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Banana Walnut French Toast
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
8 slices challah bread
2-4 tablespoons butter (or low-fat margarine)
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)
Maple syrup or jam for serving

In a large, shallow bowl and using a fork, beat the eggs until lightly frothy. Stir in the milk and vanilla and set aside. Peel the bananas into a small bowl and mash them with a fork. Stir in the walnuts and the nutmeg.

Spread the banana mixture over 1/2 of the bread slices, leaving a 1/4-inch border uncovered on all edges. Top with the remaining bread slices and press down gently to seal.

Place two sandwiches in the egg mixture and press down gently. Turn over and let soak for a moment until evenly saturated on both sides. Repeat with the other two remaining sandwiches.

In a frying pan or on a stovetop griddle, melt one or two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Place the sandwiches on griddle and fry until the undersides are golden brown, about two minutes. Add the remaining butter, flip the sandwiches with a spatula and fry until golden brown.

To serve, place the toast on plates and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with maple syrup or jam.

Note from the cook: I also substitute milk with soymilk and use an egg substitute for less cholesterol.

Challah bread can be purchased at your local bakery. Some bakeries may require you to special order challah bread unless you purchase it on the weekend.

-Submitted by Amy Miller, Smyrna, who receives a $25 credit on her WEMC Natural Gas bill. Featured recipes are not independently tested, so we must depend on the accuracy of the cooks sending them. Always use safe food handling preparation and cooking procedures from recognized experts

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