5.19.2014

Strawberry Challah French Toast


There's nothing more satisfying after a long week than a really indulgent brunch on Sunday morning. This brunch in particular is one of epic proportions, Challah French Toast with Warm Strawberry Syrup and Maple Turkey Bacon. 


Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, once you have it you can't go back to regular bread. It's sweet and fluffy and really soaks up all of the delicious cinnamon vanilla custard, it's amazing.


I thought that I was going out on a limb with the idea of strawberry syrup, but it was incredibly delicious. Just a little bit of butter and brown sugar turned juicy strawberries into a sticky sweet syrup. I also made Maple Turkey Bacon (recipe to come later this week), it was the perfect salty complement to the sweet french toast. Yum!


Strawberry Challah French Toast
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:
1 loaf challah, sliced into (12) 1" slices
8 eggs
1 cup 2% milk
2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract), cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix them together with a fork until they're well combined. 

Place a large saute pan over medium-low heat, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and allow it to melt. Submerge two slices of challah into the custard and place them onto the hot saute pan. Allow them to cook for 5 minutes on the first side, or until they're golden. Then flip them, and allow them to cook for an additional minute or two. Place the cooked french toast onto a platter. Then add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and continue to cook the other 5 batches of french toast in the same fashion as the first.

Meanwhile, place a small saute pan over medium-low heat, and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Then place the strawberries into the pan along with the brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Allow the strawberry syrup to cook for 8 minutes, stirring it once every minute or so. Finally, remove it from the heat and spoon it over the cooked french toast. Enjoy!

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5.07.2014

Mother's Day Brunch

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I wanted to make sure that all of you were prepared with some great brunch ideas. I love the idea of brunch: a nice leisurely paced mid-day meal, where having a mimosa or two at 11am seems perfectly appropriate. It's no wonder that this is the classic Mother's Day meal!


Not only does this Lemon Butter Bundt Cake look fabulous, but it's also incredibly delicious. This cake would be the perfect centerpiece for your special meal (whether it be brunch or dinner).


Frittatas are the perfect egg dish to serve to guests because they don't involve any last minute work on the stove, you just throw it in the oven! This Spinach & Goat Cheese Frittata is no exception (not to mention that the little bit of julienned spinach on top makes it look extra special).


To say that these Pecan Sticky Buns are a crowd pleaser, would be a serious understatement. Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they also taste as if you purchased them from the fanciest bakery.


Last but not least, my prized Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bacon. It's salty and sweet, with absolutely no mess because it's cooked in the oven.


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