IHOP’s Brioche French Toast is the Best Thing Since Sliced (French) Bread

IHOP has changed the lives of French toast fans forever by rolling out a line of brand new Brioche French toast. For the unenlightened, Brioche is the French bread equivalent of sinking your teeth into a cloud — a buttery, fluffy, slightly flaky cloud with just a hint of sweetness. Now imagine that as the foundation for French toast, and you’ll see why IHOP’s announcement has everyone all hot and bothered. And because apparently drowning us in a sea of buttery goodness wasn’t enough, they decided to add a bunch of delicious fruit toppings. Toppings, people.

There’s the Banana Foster French Brioche

Bananas Foster Brioche French Toast

The Berry Berry Brioche French Toast

Berry Berry Brioche French Toast

And the Peaches & Cream Brioche French Toast.

Peaches Cream Brioche French Toast

I’ll be honest, I hated French toast for years. Something about the whole egg and bread combination threw me off, but I really wish I could go back in time and shove my past self’s face into a plate of Brioche French toast. Pretty sure that would fix everything. Happy eating!


Here’s How To Make Dirty, Dirty Banana Pancakes

Look at those luscious, warm pancakes… calling your name. So unassuming, covered in warm maple syrup. Look how light and fluffy they look. Beware: these warm, fluffy, luscious, delicious pancakes have secrets.

Deep, dark secrets. The kind of secrets you would only tell your best friend. The kind of secrets you keep hidden from future pancake-eaters while they sit in the other room patiently awaiting their breakfast. Smelling the sweet pancakes as they cook, none the wiser that these pancakes … have got a dark side.

It’s not just the over-ripe bananas that add a softness to the texture and a layer of sweetness. Not just the cinnamon that will immediately warm even the coldest of hearts… it’s… well, I’m ashamed to say it. I’ll just tell you. Are you ready? Shh, don’t tell anyone

It’s pancake mix. (Gasp!)

Try not to judge these for their pancake mix, but for their infinite adaptability and ease of preparation. I often add crumbled, cooked bacon (for the BF), but we didn’t have any around the house due to my lack of control around my new turkey bacon.

So yes, I’m using pancake mix, but when it’s early in the morning and you want something a little bit different and you’re not motivated enough to make anything from scratch, or even change out of your pajamas — you’ll thank me. You really will. I promise.

Dirty, Dirty Banana Pancakes

  • Pancake mix, prepared to directions
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg (maybe like 1/8 tsp?)
  • Sliced bananas, for serving
  • Warm maple syrup, for serving

1. Mix cinnamon and nutmeg with dry pancake mix. Mix vanilla with wet ingrdients. Gently add wet ingredients to dry.

2. Mash bananas and gently fold into batter.

3. Cook according to directions (I heat the pan until a drop of water will dance around the pan before it evaporates), flip pancakes when bubbles start to pop on the surface, and keep cooked pancakes warm in a 170 degree oven.

4. Serve with sliced bananas and warm maple syrup. Feel happy inside.


Teddy Bear Toast

This is probably the cutest thing I’ve seen all week. A teddy bear made from nothing more than toast and a few other household ingredients. It makes me almost not want to eat it. Almost. Parent’s looking to get creative with their kids’ meals, or guys who just want to cheer up their girls, should definitely give this recipe a try. The full details are posted by KidsSoup, but all you mostly need is bread, raisins, banana, and butter.

And to all you Foodbeasts out there, get creative with this and see what you can come up with!

via: Mini-Eco


Grow Your Own Banana Tree

I think one of the biggest problems in American society today concerning food is the ever-growing disconnect between what we eat and where it originates. There were days (so I’m told) where people used to grow their own food, process it themselves and feed it to their families.

I think it’s time we get back in touch with our agrarian roots by attempting to reconnect with our agrarian roots. With this nifty little kit, we can start that process with bananas. It comes with everything you need to start growing your own banana tree. You can expect it to grow about a foot within one month and inevitably, you’ll be able to harvest your very own home-grown bananas.

($10 @ Thinkgeek)


Recipes Sweets

Chunky Elvis Ice Cream

Chunky Elvis Ice Cream with caramelized honey roasted banana ice cream and peanut butter bacon candy chips. Homemade ice cream? Let’s go! Our friend Lisa put this recipe together in an effort to hold on to summer for as long as possible, and we can’t thank her enough. The process involves caramelizing the bacon and bananas (not sure how you get past this step without eating everything before it even hits the ice cream, I’m sure it’s an acquired skill), and the end result should look like this:



Food Planking

Food Planking — a branch of “the lying down game” or “planking,” a popular activity with origins dating back to 1997 that consists of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. When humans participate, it involves the hands touching the sides of the body, and having a photograph for memory.

Why leave food out of the equation? We’ve put together a gallery with a few initial food planks, but y’all are more than welcome to include your own in the comments! Enjoy:



Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Spring Rolls

Getting tired of those crazy desserts filled with peanut butter, chocolate, and bacon? Let’s cut to something with a bit more of a refreshing aura to it. These Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Spring Rolls taste great, and look even better! A combination of chopped strawberries, yellow bananas, green kiwi, mango matchsticks and fresh mint all rolled up in a white blanket of rice paper!

As if this dessert wasn’t jungle enough, you get to dip the rolls into a Vanilla Lime Honey Dipping Sauce! (Recipe @ HowSweatItIs)


Toast Playing Cards

Everyone puts something different on their toast. Some like it plain (really?), some put salmon and cream cheese on it, and some go above and beyond and combine peanut butter, honey, bananas and cinnamon to partner with their toast. No matter what you put on toast, you can appreciate the uniqueness of these playing cards. I wouldn’t recommend playing any serious poker games with these, considering you’d figure out really quick what cards are which like the four of spades that has eggs and ketchup on it. It would be kind of fun to test out the food combinations that you make as hands. Straight: Toast, butter, ketchup, pickles, stir fry, orange slices, sushi, and chocolate. (Thx Incrediblethings) ($42 @ Japantrendshop)