food blogger who posted a berry stuffed French Toast...as usual, I have been mentioning lately and actually following through that I would like to make it also, and link it back to the blogger who inspired me...but my memory "failed" me...can't remember who it was because I did not receive a reply, or having the person comment back on my blog. I feel so weird about this, because now, I actually made the French Toast...not the same way, but being inspired with the use of the berries.
Mari, @Mari's Cakes...all the way from the Dominican Republic. She was inspired from my previous post from the Father's Day breakfast we had out at Howley's...again, the French Toast, and the home fries. She wrote to me in e-mail, that she made it, and even included photo of it...I was so hungry this morning, so right after reading her e-mail, I wrote her back, that I'm inspired as well, to make the plain French Toast, and the home fries, since I have everything on hand. I used the medium sized red potatoes, and left the skins on....mmm...so good! Thanks for the inspiration Mari, and to all my food blogger friends who constantly inspire me with your delicious, and amazing dishes, and desserts. I just wish I could make a different dish and dessert every day!
French Toast Filled with Blackberries
my own recipe
2-4 slices of thick white or bread of your choice (I used oatmeal bread)
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
dash of salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. vegetable, or canola oil
For the macerated fruit, and syrup
1 pint of berries of your choice-divided
(I used blackberries)
1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 3/4 cups water
1 Tbsp. sugar
Grated lemon, and also juice of 1 lemon
In a medium bowl, whisk, eggs with milk, add dash of salt, and sugar, and transfer to a lasagne pan, or another dish, about 9x13, to dip bread into it on both sides. Let the egg mixture soak up the milk and egg mixture.
This is the "misen plaz"=set up for my plain French Toast, in my 2n'd recipe, with the home fries on the side.
Same procedure, as in the first one
Heat butter, and oil, on medium high heat, and cook on the first side for a few minutes, until it gets golden brown as in the photo. Turn heat down to medium, flip over, and cook and the other side same way, until nice golden, and crispy on the edges.
(Don't use butter alone, and make sure you don't use too much oil, either. Follow the recipe, and it will end up like this, otherwise it will get too soggy, if too much oil, or butter is used.)
In a medium saucepan, add the cornstarch mixture, and the sugar. Heat to dissolve, and add half portion of the fruit, stir and let the fruit get softened. Add the grated lemon, and the juice, cook until sauce get to a somewhat thick consistency.
Do not discard the sauce, just spoon out the fruit. You will need the sauce to make the syrup for the French Toast.
Follow the same method for cooking the French Toast, as in the plain one, but just cook only one side, until golden. With a slotted spoon, spoon the fruit on the French Toast while it's still in the pan. Carefully place second slice on it, gently pat it down, and carefully flip over to the other side to cook until golden.
With a slotted spatula, carefully place on a cutting board, and with a sharp knife, cut in half. Just look at the gorgeous golden color, and how fluffy it is!
This is how it's going to look like when you carefully slice it in half. Just look at the beautiful fruit oozing out.Carefull place the French Toast on a serving dish, and drizzle the berry syrup on it.
If you don't wish to use Maple syrup, you can use organic Agave syrup in place of it.
Add about 1/4 cup of real Maple syrup into the pan with the berry sauce, and heat up together until it gets to a boil,
Pour the syrup into an espresso cup, or a tiny pitcher, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and drizzle on the desired amount
I must confess this was the best French Toast I have ever tasted in my life...seriously! I was so thrilled to share this with you! I will be posting my home fries recipe on my next post. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends, Hugs!
I want to share with you, the e-mail I received from my sweet and talented professional cake baker friend, Mari. You must visit her blog, her cakes, and decorations are to "die for"...so beautiful...talk about inspiration, if she doesn't inspire you, than I don't know who will, and to be perfectly honest, every food blogger is certainly inspiring. All work so hard to keep up the food blog, the cooking, baking...the most difficult is the "staging" of the food, the lighting, and last, but not least the photographing...and oh, yes, the posting, uploading your photos. A lot of work goes in to all that, and we all deserve appreciation!
I just wanted for you to see....your pictures were inspiring.
I did a breakfast lunch today. I had to have french toast and home fried potatoes!
have a great afternoon.
Mari's Cakes & Vivir en la Gracia de Dios
home fries, but will post tomorrow morning!
My schedule with the house and dog-watching, and the back-and-forth trip to my place every day, does interfere somewhat in keeping up with my blog.