Things you'll need

  • A frying pan or grill plate - preferably both
  • To get up extra early (I went with 6am)
  • Something to beat eggs with
  • A tray for the french toast bagels to soak in


  • A four-pack of your favourite bagels (Extra Thick toast slice bread in a pinch)
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 kg of the best Streaky Bacon in the Supermarket (it's the least you can do after all Mum's done for you.
  • 4-6 Bananas - preferably over ripe
  • The best real maple syrup you can find
  • Oil if you're that way inclined
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Pepper

Step 1 of 9

If you're super prepped, do this step the night before cooking. Beat your eggs and milk and add a generous grinding of pepper until it is a smooth yellow colour (with black bits, that's the pepper). Pour the mixture into a large, shallow tray.

Step 2 of 9

Cut the bagels in half, so that you have 8 pieces. Place them in the mixture to soak up the egg. If possible leave overnight in the fridge to soak through.

Step 3 of 9

On a hotplate or frying pan, cook the bagel halves in the style of french toast. They should be thoroughly soaked through, but feel free to pour any extra mixture into the hole in the center of the bagel.

Step 4 of 9

In the meantime get your bacon cooking in a frying pan. 1 kg will take several batches, if time is of the essence rope in an extra pair of hands.

Step 5 of 9

Once your bagels are cooked and look like this, place them in the oven or warming draw on a low temperature.

Step 6 of 9

Once your bacon is cooked and keeping warm in the oven or warmer, it's time to get the Bananas underway. Chop your bananas into small rounds and start frying them in a pan. To help the caramelize them, stir in a little bit of your maple syrup.

Step 7 of 9

Once the bananas are in a nice caramelized mush state, you are nearly done. If you are going all out on the surprise factor, foil everything up and get them in the car to take to Mum's place. I used a Toyota Altezza, but you can use any road legal NZ registered vehicle. Don't forget the maple syrup!!!

Step 8 of 9

Upon arrival at your destination, plate up with a bagel half on the bottom, a generous helping of bacon next, topped with a big old gloop of Banana. Dress to impress with maple syrup.

Step 9 of 9

Thank Mum for all the time's she washed ya rugby jersey.