INGREDIENTS
by Allegra McEvedy

French toast is an irresistible all-time favourite weekend breakfast with no health benefits whatsoever. Allegra walks you through the process. Gorgeous.

Brunch

Buyer's guide

Bananas are often sold still green but will ripen to yellow.

Storage

Avoid storing bananas near ripe fruit as they release a lot of ethylene, which will cause the other fruit to ripen further.

Preparation

Lemon or lime juice, natural yoghurt or soured cream all bring out the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, especially in fools, drinks, mousses and ice creams. Lemon juice or acidulated water help prevent sliced bananas from browning in trifles and pancakes.

Bananas are excellent cooked as fritters, flambéed, or simmered in coconut milk. Rum, orange, cardamon, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate are popular pairings. Mashed bananas give a moist, chewy texture to cakes and muffins. Over-ripe, chocolate-skinned bananas can be used in banana bread or ice cream, but add extra lemon to the latter before using.