Breakfast/ Other Desserts

Challah French Toast with Bruléed Bananas, Nutella and Whipped Cream or Poor Knights

Recently I came across a very old book with interesting recipes, A QUEENS DELIGHT or The Art of Preserving, Conserving, and Candying; As also A right Knowledge of making Perfumes, and Distilling the most Excellent Waters. This book was printed in 1663 and was “never published before.”

Along with the usual medical and surgical “recipes”, it specializes in perfumes and distilled waters for cosmetic use.

One chapter is headed “Choice Secrets Made Known,” and one daring recipe is entitled quite simply and directly “How to Make Hair Grow.”

Another one sounds like a witch’s brew: “A Water for Consumption or for a Brain That Is Weak.” This one is made with milk, wine, flowers, herbs and seeds, licorice, a cock that has been chased and beaten before he was killed, and white sugar candy.

Then there is “Water of Time for the Passion of the Heart.” Another intriguing one is “A Receipt to Make Damnable Hum!”

Searching for the book I found an original recipe dated 1663 – To Make Toasts or Poor Knights.

“Cut two penny Loaves in round slices, and dip them in half a pint of Cream or cold water, then lay them abroad in a Dish, and beat three Eggs and grated Nutmegs, and Sugar, beat them with the Cream, then take your frying pan and melt some butter in it, and wet one side of your Toasts and lay them in on the wet side, then pour in the rest upon them, and so fry them; send them in with Rose-water, butter and sugar.”

Challah French Toast with Bruléed Bananas, Nutella and Whipped Cream

This is a Modern Version for Challah French Toast with Bruléed Bananas, Nutella and Whipped Cream or Poor Knights.

Poor Knights

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  • 4 thick slices of challah bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • For serving:
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced thickly
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar for brûlée bananas
  • confection's sugar for serving
  • whipped cream for serving
  • Nutella for serving



Beat the eggs, add the other ingredients, except bread, mix well and strain into a shallow dish. Dip slices of bread in the mixture, turning to coat both sides. Cook on a hot buttered frying pan until golden brown on both sides. Turn carefully with a pancake turner.


Sprinkle the banana slices, with a little white sugar then blowtorch until golden and bruléed.


To assemble, spread Nutella thickly on one side of the toast then layer the bananas on top. Spoon a little-whipped cream over the top then sandwich with the other toast slice. Dust with confection's sugar and serve with berries. Repeat with other toasts.

Challah French Toast with Bruléed Bananas, Nutella and Whipped Cream

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  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    March 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

    That French toast looks incredibly scrumptious!



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    La Table De Nana
    March 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful shots and your props made me smile:)

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    March 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Those knights were happy to have such treat! 🙂

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    March 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I agree with you 100% Marina-)))

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    March 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Cant resist drooling…how i wish i could grab these right off the screen

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    March 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    BTW, the photos are incredible

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    March 6, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Thank you dear Shema!

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    Nicole Harling
    March 6, 2013 at 1:58 am

    That book seems quite fascinating and the french toast looks to-die for.

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    Sandra Mihic
    March 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Oh Dear…that looks fantastic! Old recipes can be modernized and yours look amazingly delicious! Well done as always!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    March 7, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I love this playful post Yelena! 😀 I got inspired by you to go to a thrift store and found the same/similar frying pan for less than $3. I thought of you that time and now again. 🙂 This looks so yummy. My kids will be dreaming of this!

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    March 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Oh wow yum, your french toast looks sublime! I love your photos!

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    Puja Thomas-Patel
    April 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures! And it looks delicious! Thanks for submitting to this month's DMBLGiT contest.

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    Smitten Kitten
    May 13, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Fantastic recipe for French Toast. Not only does it look delicious, but it tastes yummy. It was decadent, scrumptious, and a really easy to follow recipe. I am already craving it and cannot wait to make this again!

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