The recipe that started it all

For all the success this blog has had (thanks to you, the readers!!!), I only started it in mid February of 2012. I really don’t know why it took me so long to find this calling. When I was in second grade, I wanted to write books. In college, I was a Journalism major. I have loved to cook for many years, but never really put it all together. Not until I saw a post on Eatocracy on inventive ways to serve peanut butter and jelly. First off, do we really need inventive ways? Give me a spoon and a jar! The post had five ideas and the first was Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast. I saw it and had to make it! I then posted my making of it on Facebook. The idea spread from there.

Decadent. Truly decadent.

My major addition was to add in bananas.

Start by putting the whole jar of jelly in a saucepan. Over low to medium low heat, slowly heat it up. Stir frequently until is becomes a sauce.

If you are not going to use bananas, spread the peanut butter thick. With bananas, a little less so. Next time, I’ll put more on each slice.

Elvis would be proud.

Pa…the French Toast is looking mighty thick!

A little confectioners sugar doesn’t hurt.

P B & B & J French Toast


  • 8 slices of bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jar of jelly
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Milk
  • Bananas


Start by taking two slices of your favorite bread (day-old is just fine for this) and spread a thick layer of peanut butter on one slice and slice bananas and place on the bottom piece of bread. Close the sandwich with the other piece of bread.

Dip it in a mixture of egg, vanilla and milk (just like you would for traditional French toast) and fry the sandwich in a pan with a little butter.

In the meantime, use a small saucepan and a low flame to gently heat some grape juice concentrate or grape jelly until it reaches a syrup-like consistency. Serve the French toast with the grape syrup for a nutty twist on a classic brunch dish.


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Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Eggs, French, Fried, Fruit, kosher, Lunch, Main Dish, Recipes, snack, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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59 Comments on “The recipe that started it all”

  1. May 9, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Love it. A great way to success!


  2. rigmover
    May 9, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Well done, and now I’m hungry.


  3. May 9, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    OMG! Decadent for sure. Congratulations on your success.


  4. May 9, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Oh my! We just may have to try this with some gluten free bread. Decadent!


  5. May 9, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Sounds delicious, now I just have to translate your recipe into English English and I can make it myself: So, jelly – that’s what we Brits call jam, right? This recipe’s easier than some! Keep up the good work :o)


  6. May 9, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I can’t wait to try this! My kids will love it.


  7. May 9, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    That looks pretty amazing. Congrats on the success of the blog. I would not have guessed that it was only a few months old.


  8. May 9, 2012 at 11:20 am #



  9. JRJ2015
    May 9, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    this looks so good…


  10. May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    now that looks so yummy. i will make it for my brother!


  11. May 9, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Very tasty!! 🙂


  12. May 9, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    That looks extremely delicious! I love peanut butter and bananas together its such a match made in foodie heaven!


  13. May 9, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I make banana French toast served with jelly all the time; I never thought to add peanut butter though!

    You’ll have to share the secret to your success; my blog is gaining popularity but I’d like to see it grow. Congrats on your success!


  14. May 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Absolutely lip-smacking! Sounds like Saturday breakfast to me. Thank you!


  15. May 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    OMG, decadent is right! Looks wonderful!!


  16. May 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    My husband is going to LOVE this! Can’t wait to try it.


  17. J M Naszady
    May 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I don’t often watch cooking shows, but I hapopened to see this being made once, with very thick slices of bread, minus the bananas. My mother loved peanut butter and bananas. On the show, they rolled the bread in oats as well, and seved it in a restaurant sliced in wedges, like cake, denched in syrup. Your recipe looks amazing. Bravo!


  18. Juliet
    May 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Oh my, I definitely have to try this one. I’m sure my little guy will love it! Thanks for sharing! :0)


  19. May 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    looks so good! haha @spoonandjar


  20. May 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Oh my good grief charlie brown this looks DELICIOUS! I’m tempted to feign illness to leave work, swing by the grocery store, and make some of this delciousness for lunch!


  21. May 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    um, genius! i want to make this asap! and congrats on the blog success!


  22. Somer
    May 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    That looks amazing!


  23. May 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Looks yum!


  24. May 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    YOU DA’MAN!!!


  25. May 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I have to try this! My husband will LOVE this!


  26. May 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I’ll be trying this as well. I may substitute Nutella, hmm…I’ll let you know. Thanks for this!


    • Nicole Brait
      May 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      Nutella – that sounds really good


  27. thebeadden
    May 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this one. Thanks!


  28. May 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Holy Hell that looks amazing!!!


  29. May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Congrats. I have found that my post that are about food get the most views. Food is a “big thing”, a universal thing. Anyone anywhere can relate to it, even if the relation is “EWWWW. I would NEVER eat that.” They are still relating somehow.

    I am not sure about this. In somethings I am a purists. I like “plain” (egg and bread – no cinnamon, no vanilla, no other flavoring) french toast. But this sounds good. If I could eat French Toast everyday . . . . .


  30. Nicole Brait
    May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow. Yum. I love PB and J and this is like PB and J on steroids.


  31. Chuck
    May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Looks might sweet. I might have to give that one a go one Sunday morning!


  32. May 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Holy Moly ! That’s some eatin !


  33. May 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    An origins story! Thank you for sharing it!


  34. May 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    What a great idea! Looks delicious.

    Part of me want to add bacon to the sandwich. Call it Elvis French Toast!


  35. May 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    This is wonderful! Have you ever seen Nigella Lawson’s Donut French Toast? No peanut butter in it but you reminded me that it’s been about 2 months since I’ve made it. I might make over the weekend and post it. There’s so many things you can do with french toast 🙂


  36. May 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Aw yeah it’s great going back to that first spark. Mine was my best friend’s Blueberry Muffins, which I’m hoping she’ll be bringing out the recipe again soon since blueberry season is upon us.
    Good choice to add in the bananas and confectioners sugar. In my opinion, French Toast never seems complete without it some personal pzazz.


  37. May 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Add bacon to the bananas and you have most of Elvis’ dream sandwich!


  38. May 10, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    This looks delicious, what a way to add decadence to french toast! And congrats on the blog’s success 🙂


  39. May 10, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    That’s a great story! PB&J is one of the first foods we love as children. It seems appropriate that it would be the catalyst to your blog’s success 🙂


  40. May 10, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Peanut butter and banana…how does it get any better? I’m putting a little of both in my smoothie this morning.


  41. May 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m going to make this over the weekend, but I made myself a small test serving of it this morning. So easy and yummy!
    For the “jelly” I used preserves mixed with some sugar free syrup – just heated it up and stirred. Yum yum yum…


  42. May 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    An incredibly decadent breakfast, if I ever saw one! Lovely, lovely blog


  43. May 11, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    That looks awesome. I literally want to get out of bed and go make it right now.


  44. May 12, 2012 at 2:36 am #



  45. Lennie
    June 6, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    That looks amazing! My grocery store sells this peanut butter that is to die for. It’s crunchy (I’m talking whole nuts here), and swirled with honey. I can eat that stuff right out of the jar! I bet it’d be great in these.


  46. August 10, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    This looks like something I could actually make. Thank you!


  47. August 10, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Un – B – **** – Believable ! This has to be the most ! I used to make this for my girls when they were little girls. But I added cinnamon and honey …. I’m smiling ! Thanks.


  48. August 14, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Wow this is one of my and my husbands favorite recipes but we have never tried it grilled like this. A must try!!!!! By the way thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my page. Clevelanders Rock!


  49. November 25, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    This recipe looks simple, yet genius at the same time! I can’t wait to try it!


  50. July 25, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    thanks for stopping by my blog! i too am a lover of writing and cooking and only recently had that lightbulb- duh-put-the-two-together moment! Keep writing. Kepp cooking : )


  51. aej
    January 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Wow, a must try for this castle!


  52. lpmendoza
    August 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Hi Pat! Thanks for posting such an awesome and drool-worthy recipe! I will be cooking and writing about this dish in my “WordPress Cooking Challenge”. You can read more about the details here: I will be sending my followers back to your blog for the original recipe, and I know they will enjoy your blog as much as I do. Have an awesome day! 🙂



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