French Toast (continued)
May 20, 2008
A while back I tried making some Banana Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast. It was a pretty good first attempt, but it tasted a little more like a panini as opposed to french toast probably because I didn’t let the bread soak for long enough. The flavor was right but overall it was too crunchy and not soft enough in the middle. I asked Neamet Elsayed, owner of The Little Grocery in Hoboken what kind of crazy magic he uses on his french toast to make it taste so incredible.
Finally I got the chance to apply what he told me. Conclusion: he’s a genius. It came out fantastic.
Warning, if you are health conscious, look away now.
Also, I know this only makes 2 slices but they are big, heavy slices so one might be enough for you. No sweat if you have leftovers though, because I actually thought it got better sitting in the fridge a day. It’s even great cold out of the fridge. Mmmm.
Yields 2 big fat slices
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp sugar
2 slices 1-1/4 inch thick Balthazar Brioche Bread*
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp butter for frying
1. Leave your brioche slices to sit out for 5 minutes on each side.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix 1/2 tsp cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a 2-quart baking dish just large enough to fit both slices of bread at the same time, whisk the eggs, heavy cream, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract until blended.
3. When brioche slices are done sitting out, let them sit in the egg mixture for 5 minutes on each side.
4. Before frying, sprinkle the bread side facing up in the dish with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Melt 3 Tbsp** of butter in a non-stick skillet over low heat and add slices, sugared side down first. While the first side is browning, coat the second side with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Flip and fry the second side until browned on the outside and cooked in the middle. Make sure your heat is on low so you don't end up with crunchy edges and uncooked middles.
*Make this with Brioche. I can't say how good the results will be with other bread. The Brioche is FANTASTIC.
**I know 3 Tbsp of butter for 2 slices of french toast sounds like way too much, but you have to trust me on this. It's not a healthy dish. If you are looking for a healthy breakfast, maybe try out my recipe for oatmeal.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Variations While the above recipe does not include chocolate and peanut butter, only because I didn’t feel like having those flavors on my french toast this particular morning (yes, I am human, this does happen) it’s simple to add. Here are two easy options for you:
Dark Chocolate PB Strawberry French Toast - Put a dollop of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter on your plate before you add the warm french toast so it gets nice and melty. Top your french toast with sliced strawberries and powdered sugar.
PB Banana Nutella French Toast - Put some smooth peanut butter on your plate before adding your warm french toast so it gets nice and melty. Spread nutella all over the top of your slice. Top with sliced banana. Yummm!