July 05, 2012

Brioche French Toast

It was my Mam's birthday yesterday-HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Actually, a few people I know celebrated their birthday yesterday. No offence, but, my Mam's was the most important to me (cheesy, but true!). Since cooking is my thang, I like to cook something special for people on their birthday. Depending on who it is, it could be: breakfast, lunch, dinner, a cake or some treats. It's how I roll! 

Since breakfast is my Mam's favourite meal of the day, I decided to make her breakfast. For this surprise to work, I had to be up early- 8am ish (ew!). Mothers always seem to have been up for ages before their children stir. Sometimes I'll be up at 11 am and Mam could be thinking about lunch! Like, when did you get up??? Did you even go to sleep??? Are you a zombie???

My Mam really likes French toast. It is something she'd only ever order if we went out for breakfast. So,  making it for her definitely was a treat! 

I used day old brioche. Stale bread is a must. You need it to be stale so that it can absorb the egg and milk mixture that makes the squishy custard in the bread-mmmm. 

Whether you call if French Toast, Eggy Bread or Pain Perdu leave some bread out to go stale. 

Make some crispy sweet custardy French Toast. Do it for yo' mama! 


Holly x

Lovely brioche. 

This brioche had a custard swirl running down the centre. Not necessary at all but delish!

Trim off the ends and...eat them!

Cut into 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch slices! 

Vanilla eggy mixture.

Break the eggs into a shallow dish, add a splash of milk a vanilla pod or vanilla extract...

...whisk togther until well combined.

I love the speckles of vanilla beans, feels rather luxurious for breakfast! It's a birthday breakfast-so totally acceptable!

Dip that brioche in, let it soak up that vanilla egg mix...

...flip over and do the same.

Fry in some butter (so good) until crispy, golden brown and gorgeous.

Top your French toast with some healthy vibrant sliced fruit. The sliced fruit 'definitely' makes this breakfast healthy. (Half true!)

Recipe, serves 3

1 Loaf Brioche, stale
3 Eggs
3 Tablespoons of milk
1 Vanilla Pod/ 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Knob of Butter
Selection of Toppings: Strawberries, Banana, Blueberries, Raspberries, Maple Syrup, Honey, Yoghurt etc.

Cut the brioche into slices 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in thickness. (3 slices per person)
In a bowl: break in the eggs followed by the milk.
Split the vanilla pod in half, scrap out the seeds and add to the eggs and milk or add vanilla extract.
Whisk everything together until well combined.
Dip the sliced brioche into the vanilla egg mixture and allow to sit for 5 seconds.
While it is sitting heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and melt a large knob of butter.
Flip the brioche over and give another 5 seconds of soaking on the other side.
Add the soaked brioche to the hot frying pan.
Cook on one side for 1-2 minutes until a lovely crust forms.
Flip and so the same on the other side. 
Serve with a selection of freshly sliced fruits, maple syrup and yoghurt.

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