Saturday, May 23, 2009

Good Morning!

Almond-Crusted French Toast

• 5 large eggs • 1 cup whole milk • 2½ tbsp. maple syrup, plus more for serving• 1 tbsp. rum, Cognac, or Grand Marnier (optional) • Nine ¾-in.-thick slices brioche bread or other rich egg bread such as challah • 2½ cups sliced raw almonds • 5½ tbsp. (⅓ cup) unsalted butter, or as needed • ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks • Fresh berries (optional)


In a large, shallow bowl, use a fork to beat together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, and rum, if desired. Dredge both sides of the bread thoroughly in the egg mixture. Spread out the almonds evenly on a platter or baking sheet and place a slice of bread down on the almonds, pressing down gently so that the nuts adhere. Turn the bread over and coat the other side. Repeat with the remaining slices.
Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat and add a few tiny slivers of butter. When the foam has subsided, cook the slices of bread for 1½ to 2 minutes on each side, until light brown. Add more slivers of butter around the edges of the pan when you turn the bread—and as necessary when the butter is absorbed—so that the nuts do not burn. Repeat with the remaining slices, reducing the heat slightly if the pan gets too hot.
Cut the toast in half and serve 3 halves per person, on warmed breakfast plates. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and, if desired, a few ripe berries. Serve it with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Serves 6.


Michelle said...


Roxanne said...

Hi, Michelle! You should try it sometime and start a new tradition. I't's really simple!Like the first day of summer vacation! It's always good to hear from you. Hug!