Friday, June 24, 2011

French Toast filled with Blackberries...Friends!

I was so inspired by another food blogger who posted a berry stuffed French 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.
My second inspiration came from my friend 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 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

This method is for the plain French Toast

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" 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

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I haven't had the chance to post the recipes, as of yet, for the French Toast, and the
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.


  1. I can just imagine by this the clear oozing filling how great this must have tasted... I love berry anything, I just can eat them plain, they rarely make it to the recipe! I will have to set some aside this time since I am salivating to try a piece right now! <3 this!~

  2. One word...Delicious. Beautiful. I love it.

    Bloggers inspire me everyday.


  3. Elizabeth, OMG…This French Toast looks fabulous! Love the photo with the berries oozing out of the nicely browned french toast. I am growing berries as soon as they are ready to pick, I am making this! Have a wonderful week-end!

  4. Oh, what beautiful berry French toast. And your home fries look fabulous, too! I did the same thing today...visited a blog, was inspired, but didn't copy the post or write down the blog name. I may have to back track to figure it out!

    Off to visit Mari's blog~ xo

  5. Luscious!!! I am a huge fan of french toast and this, with the berries is over the top - gorgeous!

  6. Oh my gosh, I'm starving and this came up,, Yum!!!

  7. Micsoda finomságok,csak tudnám követni.

  8. oh my oh my!!!!! looks amazing and so do those potatoes!!!!!

  9. How yummy this berry filled french toast must be. I can't wait for the recipe. Your home fries look delicious!! Thanks for the shout out and for sharing my picture and email. I guess we both inspired each other with this delicious breakfast.

    Have a great evening :)

  10. I agree with you that I wish I could cook more dishes a day to try out other bloggers' recipes. Your french toasts look amazing!

  11. This all is making me hungry! I don't like french toast with syrup so this looks absolutely scrumptious. I love getting inspired by my fellow food bloggers, then again isn't that why we blog about food? heheh...I just wish I had the time to do all on my lengthening "to-make" list! It just got longer right now!

  12. OMG that photo looks straight out of a magazine! I can imagine how good this French toast was - gorgeous:) I remember reading a post by "Eats Well with Others" for blueberry pancakes with a yummy sounding compote that you might be thinking of. Anyway, hope you have an amazing weekend!

  13. It's 6am here and I feel soooooo HUNGRY looking at your French toast with those little berry cuties. Yum! Now I see that you really love potatoes!! ;-))

  14. I just picked my first blackberries of the season, and plan to pick many more. That french toast looks divine! And the potatoes? Yum! Looking forward to the recipe! :)

  15. These photos make my mouth water. :)

  16. oh my goodness, that french toast with blackberries looks AMAZING. seriously, i am so hungry now....

  17. I'm sure it will come to you when you least expect it, that's what happens to me. I haven't had french toast in too long, I like your version. Hope you have a great weekend.

  18. Ez a süti, nagyon a toppon van

  19. Love those delightful Blueberries running through the french toast! Need one for my breakfast :)

  20. Elisabeth, I can't tell you how wonderful your French toast looks!! It's 9:20 in the morning here and I would so love to be able to reach through my computer and have that with my morning coffee. Blackberries are one of my favourite fruits too. This is gorgeous and looks sooooooooo delicious!

  21. Looking forward to reading the recipe because your stuffed French toasts look amazing. Just in time for berry season here!

  22. mmmm I love this french toast, it has completely seduced me this morning. I am such a lover of french toast, and one of the few things my husband really makes well hehe....I have a stuffed french toast on my blog that I posted last year that I go to when I'm feeling especially decadent, it's got peanut butter and bananas inside and a few "secret" ingredients *wink*, check it out sometime, the name of the post is called "stuffed french toast with a side of augustine"

    much love to you today bella

  23. Ohimgoodness that some amazing french toast! So good :)

  24. Wonderful spread, everything looks super delicious and inviting..

  25. hmmm breakfast, now we're talking hahah. i love leaving the skin on my potatoes when I make home fries too and also when I make mashed potatoes. It gives a different texture that's why I love it.
    Thanks for the comment love and the RT on twitter. I hope you are having a great weekend over there in Florida!

  26. Oh my goodness...looks yummy but I am not sure I could eat potatoes with it...the potatoes would get all syrupy...I am one of those eaters who who doesn't like food to touch!!!

  27. Patty-The potatoes were on another occasion, with the plain french toast...although that one had only maple syrup on it.
    The blackberry filled french toast was on a separate filling, that you would not be able to eat anything else with it!

  28. I've never made toasts like that. Great idea!... and I'm drooling. Those potatoes look very nice too.

  29. Elisabeth those photos are stunning! What beautiful looking French toast.

  30. Oh My God !!!!!! This looks so good , I am just drooling all over , wowowowo, I can imagine how it must have tasted .
    P.S: I made your blueberry bread and I have to thank you for the recipe coz me and my family just loved it , it was really very good , Thanx again :D .

  31. Just had mu lunch and yet the site of those blackberries and French toast has me in a drool! The potatoes side looks too yummy as well - happy I hopped :) look forward to more from you - cheers, priya

  32. Hi Elizabeth,
    We have a great Blackberry harvest going on right now and this will be a great recipe for us to try. Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  33. Elisabeth, my mouth is literally watering looking at your pictures..what a lovely recipe and look so delicious!!! Just perfect, anytime of the day if you ask me :))

  34. Holy YUM ~ Now this is something I can eat for breakfast ever single day :) Pics are stunning almost 3D :)
    US Masala

  35. La prima volta che ho mangiato i french toast ero dai miei cugini, che hanno studiato negli Stati Uniti...mamma mia che buoni! Me li ricordo come una delizia speciale! Può sembrare strano ma non li ho mai più mangiati... qui in Italia non usano. Ora voglio prepararli per la mia famiglia :)

  36. Nagyon guszta at a szendvics-féle, bár még sosem ettem ilyet.

  37. OMG, this is irresistable!! I love berries so much but I've never thought of making french toast garnished or filled with some :)!! Thanks for sharing that great idea, Elisabeth!!!

  38. I'm craving french toast filled with berries now!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog Elizabeth, I cracked up when I read "Catholic Guilt" too funny and the cake is delicious. We're going to Italy later this year so I'm following Lora and her adventures, sounds like so much fun! I'm going to have myself a nice breakfast one of these mornings;-) Have a wonderful day;-)

  39. Luscious , very mouth watering ; I'm positive that mu husband love it too :)

  40. There's nothing NOT to like about this French toast!

  41. Amazing pictures,amazing finished products..I choose both !!! Thank you for posting!

  42. I am also inspired by this recipe, I just cant wait to make it my self. It is absolutely irresistible =)

  43. Goodness this look delicious and love the photos...gorgeous!

  44. I've been meaning to experiment with stuffed French toast! Thank you so much for this recipe. I'm excited to start making berrylicious variations. :)

  45. Your french toast blackberry sandwich looks so good Elisabeth.
    I love french toast but rarely make it since no one in my family likes it, can you believe that? They don't know what they are missing!
    Thanks for sharing this easy and delicious breakfast idea.

  46. Ummmm, so yeah, the stuffed french toast looks FABULOUS!!! Im definitely gonna have to try that one!