"One more time Daddy " – that was the chant from my kids when I told them I wasn't making anymore french bread experiments. So, I just couldn't help myself as I glanced around the kitchen looking for what to try out for another French Toast "tasty experiment" and with all that real Madagascan vanilla pods in my house, following a wonderful holiday in Mauritius (about 2 hours flight away), it had to be something with vanilla. So, following the same principle as the previous 3 posts, here is my version of Real Vanilla and French Toast. Real vanilla because I'm using vanilla pods and not vanilla extract and cinnamon, because I think it's one of those spices that really compliments vanilla.
This recipe is actually much simpler than the previous two as there is only one dipping procedure and not two. The most important thing on this recipe are the two key ingredients, vanilla pods and cinnamon and I was actually close to calling this Millionaires Breakfast, because using one full vanilla pod is not cheap. First up, break one egg into a pan and mix, followed by about half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and the seeds from one pod of vanilla, followed by a dash of milk. Mix thoroughly so that the vanilla seeds begin to separate.
Dip three small slices of brioche into the egg mixture, making sure that they soak up every bit of the egg mixture. Fry the bread slices in a non-stick frying pan with about half a tablespoon of unsalted butter on medium heat until well done, but not burnt. As a garnish to compliment this poshest (or exclusive) of French Toasts, I mixed two full tablespoons of mascarpone cheese with one teaspoon of caster sugar and one tablespoon of organic Canadian maple syrup. Delicious, scrumptious, hmmm !
What a wonderful experience, delighting my taste buds with glee. I've taken this shot above, so you can see the vanilla seeds up close and "tasty".
To go further, I just couldn't help myself as I wanted to know what this french toast would taste like if served as a dessert, and so I placed a scoop of my freshly made very vanilla ice cream on top – recipe to follow very soon I promise, God willing.
Worth every effort and although I would love to serve this in a cafe, I think this version will be confined to the Millionaires breakfast table.
So in summary you need;
3 small slices of brioche bread
1 large organic egg
1 tablespoon of organic full cream milk
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 Vanilla pod, with seeds scraped out
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
For the Mascarpone and Maple Syrup Garnish
2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
1 dessertspoon of organic maple syrup
A healthy appetite