Off the Cuff French Toast

by zesty on November 6, 2008 · 28 comments

Happy Thursday everyone!  Oh boy, have I got a story for you!  The other night I was hanging around the house after work wondering what to have for supper. This usually leads to ordering take out from some restaurant when no plans have been made.  So an idea pops into my head… lets go grab some chinese food or something!  I think about it for a while and then I say to myself, “Nah lets try and make something for supper using left overs.”

Searching through the refrigerator and pantry,  I find half a loaf of baguette and I immediately think … oven roasted french toast.

Why you ask?  Not a clue, but I have been craving it for a while.  Maybe I could make apple cinnamon french toast and use some apples that I picked in the orchard a couple of weeks back along with some blueberries.

Well well, I had myself a dinner.  I know that it’s a bit odd for supper but better than ordering out (saves money too!).  Follow along and check out this french toast number.  It was my first time throwing this one together but it was great fun.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of Baguette Bread (sliced on an angle)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup of MIlk
  • 2 Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Powdered Sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 250 Degrees F.
  2. Add eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg to bowl and beat together.
  3. Soak bread in mixture until bread is completely wet.
  4. Turn frying pan onto medium heat and melt 1 Tbsp butter.
  5. Add bread pieces but do not crowd the pan.  Also, don’t move the bread, flip the bread or touch the bread until the butter caramelizes on the down side.  This will take 5-6 minutes.
  6. Flip the bread once the bottom side is complete (see picture for coloring), leave on the second side for about 3 minutes.
  7. Remove bread from pan and place on cookie sheet and throw in the oven for about 10 minutes or until your sauce is complete (see sauce preparation below).  At this point the toast has almost completed the cooking process.  The oven will cook the inside, avoid the soggy toast, and prevent it from getting cold.
  8. Add remainder butter to the pan, then the sugar and apples.  Mix together and allow the apples to start cooking down.
  9. After about 5 minutes, add the blueberries and cook for another 2 minutes.
  10. Remove toast from oven, plate the toast and top it with the sauce.
  11. Drizzle with maple syrup, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  12. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When using butter, be very careful as it will burn very fast.  What I like to do is when I add it to a hot pan, and see it melting, I like to add the next cool ingredients right away.  In this case it would be the apples and brown sugar.  This holds true when cooking savory dishes as well.

The french toast turned out amazing and it certainly hit the spot.  I want to know in true zesty fashion, What are your favorite toppings you like to put on your french toast? Wacky or crazy I want to hear them all.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

zesty

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1 LisaSD

These look so delicious and it makes me wish there was smell-a-vision on blogs! Thanks!

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2 HoneyB

Looks awesome and of course and seeing it this morning and would love to have it for breakfast!

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3 Megan

Fabulous French Toast! I love the blueberries and apples. It looks so decadent!

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4 VeggieGirl

Love the story!!

That French Toast is TOTAL food porn – yum!! :-D

French Toast toppings = fresh berries and REAL maple syrup (none of that chemically-enhanced, sugar-free crap).

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5 coco

oh…..that’s so yummy~~~~ great toast for breakfast!!! oh…wait a minute, did you have it as dinner??

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6 ttfn300

*drool* wish i had seen this before i ate breakfast :)

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7 cotntail

Great idea. I frequently have breakfast for dinner. I love typical breakfast meals, but I’m not a morning person. So cooking in the AM is not favorite thing to do. I love to use thick slices of my homemade egg bread for french toast or bread pudding.

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8 Samantha

Our family likes to add peaches to oven-baked french toast. Your version looks great!

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9 ZestyCook

Thanks Lisa, Honey, Megan

VeggieGirl – i am with you. I used real maple syrup… so yummy

Samantha – peaches would be great too!

Coco – Yeah I had it for dinner :)

Thanks ttfn30, cotntail

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10 Chocolate Shavings

I couldn’t definitely settle for french toast for dinner. Yours looks great.

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11 Krista

That looks SO good!

My fave french toast topping is JAM! Maple syrup runs a close second… :)

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12 Bob

Awesome, french toast rules. I have a pile of apples from apple picking myself, I might just have to do this too. And I don’t think french toast for dinner is odd. I often do pancakes for dinner. Or lunch. Or as a snack… I just love breakfast food. As for what I put on my french toast, I like the simple butter and maple syrup. But I don’t like that fancy pants grade A stuff. I like cheapo Aunt Jemima. Mmmm.

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13 lauren

beautiful french toast! i love sliced bananas, maple syrup and more recently I have started adding greek yogurt. yum.

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14 Erin

That’s GORGEOUS! What a great way to use up a baguette!
A semi-ripe banana and berries are my fave – plus some powdered sugar. :)

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15 Biz

Love having breakfast for lunch, but my husband won’t think of it. So when he travels for business, that is our guilty pleasure. Well, that and TACOS!

Thanks for the recipe Zesty!

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16 Pumpkin

Yum- that looks like it could be dessert, even!

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17 Live.Love.Eat

Looks awesome for a quick throw together!!! I am not a huge french toast fan to make it but I would definitely dig in. Usually, maple syrup does the trick for me.

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18 Niall Harbison

I agree with you that making food out of leftovers is the best! There is something cool about having breakfast in the evening! I make pancakes for dinner all the time!

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19 mi

looks like a perfect weekend brunch.

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20 chadnpam1

Beautiful. What a great way to use ingredients you have on hand. This is a restaurant quality recipe.

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21 Bunny got Blog

This is amazing. I cant wait to make it .

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22 rubybean77

That fruit looks AWESOME! The pictures looks so professional! Did you steal those out of a book? LOL! Looks great!

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23 ZestyCook

Thanks Chocolate Shavings, Krista, Bob, Lauren, Erin and Biz

Pumpkin – I agree – It would great for a dessert -maybe with some shaved chocolate on top.

Thanks Live.Love.Eat. ChadNPam, Mi, Niall, BunnyGotBlog

RubyBean77 – hahah thanks :)

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24 Laurie

Zesty, your French toast looks incredible! I love breakfast for dinner and recently made French toast for my kids from some leftover homemade bread. I planned to blog about it next entry!

Your idea to bake the French toast is a great one! My favorite topping is either apples or raspberries, depending on the season.

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25 Bridget

Mmmm Baguette french toast is the best! Plus I never end up finishing a whole loaf, so the crusty bread for french toast is perfect!! Love the cooked down fruit…delish!

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26 Usha

I love breakfast food and often have traditional breakfast items for dinner…your french toast looks delicious..great pictures too :-)

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