In a sauté pan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the pecans and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the maple syrup and bring the liquid up to a simmer. Remove the pan from the stove and add the rum. Carefully place the pan back on the stove and flame the sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla, to dissolve the sugar. In a nonstick sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Dip 2 slices of the bread into the egg-milk mixture, coating evenly. Fry in the butter until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat until all the butter and bread is used. Lay the pain perdu on a platter. Add the bananas to the pecan mixture and warm slightly. Spoon the warm sauce over the pain perdu. Dust the entire plate with powdered sugar.
Yields: 4 servings