23. Make or bake one thing from 10 cookbooks- Vegan Brunch

12 Aug

I like brunch.

The issue is, 88.7% of Manhattan likes brunch, too.

I don’t like long lines. They give me time to think about the fact that I’m going to spend $18.63 on eggs, coffee, and if I’m lucky, a Sunday-morning acceptable cocktail. All of which I could have made at home. I try not to think about how many bottles of Andre that $18.63 could get me.

But brunch is fun! You see friends! You get waited on! If it’s nice weather and you’re willing to wait 42 minutes, you sit outside! Sigh.

Not to rub it in, when you don’t work in the summer, you can have brunch every day. Especially when you don’t wake up until mid-morning. Because, even if you call it “breakfast,” let’s face it, it’s still brunch.

The sad thing is, you’re eating brunch by yourself.

I look pretty cool with a book at a restaurant by myself. And heavens! I’m not above that at all!

But maybe I could save some money and make brunch at home. Because then I can stay in my PJs and watch “Real Housewives of New York” while I eat. Leaving the apartment is overrated.

Banana Rabanada (Brazilian French Toast)

Serves 4

Adapted from Vegan Brunch


2 very ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups milk (if you’re making it vegan, use soy, nut, or rice milk. I used almond)

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stale baguette, sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces

fruit for garnish


1. Your bread really has to be stale, or at least on the verge of stale. It has to soak in the banana mixture for awhile, and if you’re using fresh bread, it will completely fall apart. If your bread is fresh and you don’t have time to wait to make it stale (you busy bee, you), slice it and toast it until it’s crunchy.

2. In a food processor or blender, combine bananas, ilk, cornstarch, and vanilla.

3. Arrange sliced baguette on a cooking sheet. Pour the banana mixture over the bread and flip so each slice is coated.

4. Let the bread sit in the mixture for 10 minutes. Then flip to the other side and let sit for another 10 minutes.

5. While you’re waiting, slice up some fruit to garnish your french toast! I used peaches, but the book suggest bananas and strawberries. Your choice.

6. Also, in a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and the cocoa powder.

7. When the bread is done “marinating,” spray a pan with nonstick spray and preheat it over medium heat. Put the soaked bread on the pan and cook for about 5-7 minutes (3 minutes per side, or so). They should be golden brown with some darker brown spots.

8. When they’re done cooking, plate the bread, and sift the cocoa powder/cinnamon mixture on top. I was a little heavy-haned, but that was ok. Arrange fruit on top and serve with maple syrup.

11 days until 26


2 Responses to “23. Make or bake one thing from 10 cookbooks- Vegan Brunch”

  1. itsybitsybrianna August 13, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    this looks absolutely delicious
    please stop by and say hi.

  2. Emily Strand August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    SERIOUSLY yum. Going to have to try this recipe, too…

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