Saturday, November 12, 2011
French Brioche Toast with Preserved Fresh Walnuts
When the weather gets colder it is time for some decadent breakfast like French Toast. In my recipe I use Brioche bread from French Bakery Le Panier in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. This is a perfect breakfast dish for the holidays when you have family over and can splurge on $9 brioche :) My recipe for the French Toast is not unique. As always in my cooking I believe using quality ingredients is a key to any good meal.
Another item that adds holiday spirit to this French Toast is use of Fresh Preserved Walnuts from Harvest Song Ventures. I tried these preserved walnuts on a French Toast at a friend's birthday party 3 years ago and since then I buy them every year in a fall from the Harvest Song Ventures. These walnuts have generated some buzz and been featured in New York Times.
The interesting fact is that these walnuts don't look or taste like walnuts we are used to. See for yourself!
1 Good Quality Rich Brioche Bread (from Le Panier bakery in my home)
1 whole egg and 1 egg white
1 cup of fat-free milk
1-2 drops of fresh vanilla extract
Canola Oil Spray
Fresh Preserved Walnuts
1. Slice brioche into 1 inch thick slices.
2. In a separate bowl whisk eggs first and then add milk and few drops of vanilla extract and whisk all ingredients together.
3. Preheat pan on medium heat. Generously spray the pan with canola oil spray. Dip brioche slices into egg mixture and put into a pan. Fry brioche on both sides until cooked and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes a side depending on the strength of your stove. I also reduce the heat to medium low to prevent bread from burning.
4. Once brioche has cooked, it is time to serve French Toast. On each plate assemble two slices of brioche, add a small slice of butter on top, pour maple syrup and add few slices of preserved walnuts on top. I served this with a side of bacon and fresh strawberries.