Saturday, January 02, 2010

French Toast

brandy butter and blueberry compote© by Haalo

It's the first day of a new year and you might well be looking for a breakfast or brunch item that's a little different, a little special, then perhaps French toast might be the solution you're looking for.

french toast© by Haalo


French Toast

6 slices baguette (use 1-2 day old bread)
2 eggs
½ cup cream
1 tablespoon sugar


Cut the baguette into even slices about 1 to 1½ centimetres thick. Lay these slices into dish that will hold them snugly in one layer.

Briefly whisk the eggs, cream and sugar until combined - pour half of this over the sliced bread - turn the bread over and then pour over the remainder. Give the bread a couple of more turns to ensure it has been well coated with the egg mixture and then let it sit for a while until the bread has absorbed all the liquid.

Heat a good knob of butter in a non-stick pan over a medium-low heat, when the melted and just started to sizzle add the soaked slices to the pan, give each slice a little shake to ensure they aren't sticking. Turn them over when they have just set but not yet coloured and cook until this side sets.

Turn over again and keep them on this side until they have coloured, flip over and repeat the process. Once both sides are golden they are ready to serve.

french toast© by Haalo


While maple syrup seems to be the standard item served with French Toast, Brandy Butter is not only a seasonally apt ingredient, it is a taste sensation.

It may be considered gilding the lily but I've added another accompaniment - warm blueberry compote - fresh blueberry cooked with a dash of water and a teaspoon of sugar until they start to break down.

french toast© by Haalo


If that's not a good way to begin the year I don't know what is.

9 comments:

  1. Such beautiful blueberries in that first photo.

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  2. I want it all. French toast. Berries. Brandy butter.

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  3. I'm with Pam. I want it all, too! ;-)

    Paz

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  4. I'm such a bread person, and I can have french toast for breakfast, lunch, even dinner. Especially facing this one!

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  5. Thanks Barbara - they were tasty too!

    Pam and Paz you'll have to fight over it ;)

    Thanks Lulu!

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  6. Wow! They look magnificent. Sunday breakfast is booked. Thank you so much! I'll let you know how i go.

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  7. I can't get over how gorgeous your photos are.
    Wow.
    Sam

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  8. Thanks Elizabeth and Jared - hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks Sam - you are too kind

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  9. Great photos and delicious recipe! Brandy butter...mmm...

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