Friday, November 24, 2017

Caramelized French Toast

Yummy caramelized toastI am not that big on sweet stuff, especially when it comes to breakfast. I would much rather have eggs with cheese and crispy bacon with a kick of hot sauce and a couple of slices of avocado, than pancakes, or toast with jam and butter, or chocolate bread. I guess that’s because I grew up in the Dominican Republic, and have been influenced by American culture.



When I would go back to France for vacation when I was a kid, I’d be miserable during breakfast time. I still have that even now. Imagine, no savory things! So I would stick to cereals. Boring!! Or I’d sleep until lunch time…

But if I would have to choose a sweet dish for the morning, it’d be French toast. You can never be disappointed by French toast. It’s yummy, not too sweet, easy to make, and most importantly it works well with savory ingredients, including bacon! Another delightful fit is with German sausages that you cook in a pan with some honey and chili flakes. Now that with French toast hits the spot!!

Apart from being super tasty it’s also super easy to make, which gives it another plus in my book. You can wake up upside down and still manage to cook them without needing too much brain capacity or culinary talent. Maybe just have a nice cup of coffee as well in those situations. Plus it saves you from throwing away stale bread. In French it’s called “Pain Perdu" meaning lost bread. Because once your bread has gone old and is too hard to eat, this is the way to recycle it and turn it into a delicious breakfast or midday treat!

Morning view at VacaBarMy favorite French toast is caramelized. One of the kitchen girls at VacaBar made it like that by accident. She had put too much sugar in the preparation and had left the bread for too long in the pan, burning it a bit. Sounds bad, but the result turned out amazing! It created this thin caramel coating on the surface of the French toast. What a great revolution to regular French toast: sticky sugary messy French toast. It’s sooooo good!

So from then on, we have been preparing the French toast at VacaBar by adding extra sugar to the warm melted butter in the pan creating this brown sticky caramelized texture, to which the bread soaked in the egg preparation is added. Texture-wise this French toast is heavenly and the flavors are very interesting when you add a hint of nutmeg. Actually that’s the secret to tasty French toast.

So get your pan and spatula out, because we’re going to make some French toast.

A nice big nonstick pan, spatula, and a shallow dish.

1. French toast ingredients
2 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tea spoon of cinnamon
1/2 tea spoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
4 slices of white bread

1.    In your shallow dish break the eggs with the milk, the vanilla, the spices, and half of the sugar. Whisk everything together vigorously.

2. Add the eggs to the milk, the vanilla, the spices, and half of the sugar in a bowl3. Whisk everything together
2.    Soak the bread in the mixture on both sides.

4. Soak the bread in the mixture on both sides
3.    Meanwhile heat your pan on high heat, throw in the butter and the other half of the sugar. Let it caramelize (the sugar should start to turn brown and bubbly). Bring down the heat.

5. With your pan on high heat, throw in the butter and the other half of the sugar and let it caramelize
4.    Throw in the bread and let it cook till it gets brown (about 3 minutes). With the help of your spatula flip the bread over and cook the other side.

What to serve them with
Crispy bacon, fruits, whipped cream or honey sausages? It’s up to you. But definitely try the honey sausage combo plus two fried eggs to make a complete breakfast.
6. Serving suggestion - French toast with whipped cream7. which can also be served with fruit


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