Banana Split French Toast
1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, well drained, divided
1 (16 oz.) loaf French bread
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. powdered sugar
2/3 C. milk
2 T. butter
4 large bananas
prepared whipped topping
chocolate flavored syrup
2 C. sliced strawberries (optional)
1 can crushed pineapple (optional)
Halve 8 cherries for garnish; set aside. Chop remaining cherries. Cut off and discard ends of bread; slice remaining loaf into 16 (1/2-inch) slices.
Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until creamy; stir in chopped cherries. Set aside. Blend eggs and milk in shallow bowl or pie plate.
Dip bread slices in egg mixture coating both sides. Cook, in batches, in 1 T. butter in large skillet over medium heat until golden, turning to cook both sides. Repeat with remaining bread and butter.
Slice bananas in half lengthwise; halve again crosswise.
Gently spread 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture onto each slice of French toast; top with a banana quarter and a few Tablespoons of the strawberries and pineapple.
Serve topped with whipped topping, reserved cherry halves; drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Makes 16 slices.
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