strawberry french toast

June 2nd, 2010

While the first sighting of rhubarb is a sight for sore eyes, I think the thing I look forward to most at the market each summer has to be strawberries. They’ll put an instant smile on my face, especially when their sweet fragrance fills the air. They’ve just started popping up in the markets around here and I couldn’t be happier. This weekend I whipped up what might be a new weekend favorite, strawberry french toast.

I had a leftover baguette hanging out in my kitchen and thought it would be great for french toast since it would be past it’s prime at dinnertime. I’m a sucker cinnamon, especially when it comes to anything breakfast, so I made a quick batter laced with cinnamon. I gently laid the slices in the batter, flipped them and let them sit in the fridge while I took a little morning stroll.

When I got home I checked on the slices to see that they’d softened and soaked up some of the batter. I sliced a few cups of strawberries, popping one in my mouth every now and then, and put them in a pot over medium heat along with a little sugar and vanilla. It didn’t take long for the strawberries to begin to break down and create a sauce.

After sizzling on the stovetop for a bit, I placed a few cinnamon slices on my plate and topped them with strawberry goodness. The first bite was exactly what I was looking for. The toast was crispy on the outside and dense inside. The cinnamon was there, but not overwhelming and certainly not too sweet. The berries added a perfect zing of freshness to the toast, the sauce and berry ratio was a perfect foil to the toast. The whole thing was a great way to welcome the unofficial start to summer… I have a feeling it will be making an encore performance soon.

strawberry french toast
makes 4 servings

1/2 c whole milk
4 eggs
2 t cinnamon
8 slices French bread cut into 3/4 inch slices
1 T butter
2 cups strawberries, sliced
2 T sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

In a 9×9″ square pan, whisk together the milk, eggs and cinnamon.
Gently arrange each of the slices of bread in the pan, then immediately flip them over to coat both sides.
Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a half hour and up to overnight.
About 15 minutes before you’re ready to make the toast, place the strawberries, vanilla and sugar in a small pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a large frying pan.
Arrange slices of bread in the frying pan and let cook 3-5 minutes, until golden. Flip and repeat.
Once toast is golden on both sides, top with strawberry sauce and enjoy!

Comments: 9 Total

  1. DailyChef

    June 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    You had me at “strawberry french toast” – after that, I admit I just looked at the pictures and bookmarked the recipe!

  2. wishful nals

    June 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    yum! these look so delightful. brunch in bed? yes, please!

  3. Evie

    June 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I hate to admit, I don’t like French toast….but I would totally try that, it looks ah-mazing! Send some down to NC and try to make a believer out of me?

  4. Shaheen

    June 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Left my mouth watering, Kelly! I like the idea of letting it soak for a while before you cook it. I must try that the next time.

  5. erika

    June 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I do adore a strawberry-smothered french toast. Q on Clement here in SF does one that is also stuffed with tasty goat cheese. Heavenly.

  6. shirin

    June 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    your photos never fail to make me smile! so sweet and happy looking.

  7. Morgan G

    June 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Fabulous! Anybody ever tried making French Toast with panettone? I failed miserably once, but it looked like it could’ve been something special had I done it correctly.

  8. Kristin

    June 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Have you tried making this with Challah or a Brioche loaf?…It’s simply divine!
    I also toss some heavy cream into the mix in addition to the milk. richer, but worth it. I’m now craving french toast, rather than my lunch, haha.

  9. Josie

    June 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    oh wow this looks amazing! ever since summer hit I’ve been eating strawberries non stop!

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