morning glory

“the only time to eat diet food is when you’re waiting for the steak to cook”
– julia child
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happy monday friends,
i hope all of you had the same glorious warm weekend as yours truly. the unexpected sunshine reinvigorated and inspired me to plan a long and lazy beach day and whip up one of my favorite brunch foods from one of my favorite brunch places.

brioche french toast from balthazar.

when cooking, i always feel the need to personalize the recipe. so, my sweet tooth had me slip a few teaspoons of vanilla in the mix and my citrus addiction had me add a dash of orange zest to the pan. yum! and with some powdered sugar, organic sliced bananas and a hearty side of niman ranch bacon, we were on our way to a heavenly food coma.
here’s to food that’s good for the soul.
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balthazar’s brioche french toast
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serves 4 to 6

* 6 large eggs
* 1/2 cup superfine sugar
* 4 cups milk
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* Pinch of nutmeg
* 1 loaf day-old brioche or challah bread, cut into 1-inch slices
* 1/4 cup Clarified Butter
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* Confectioners’ sugar
* Syrup, for serving
* Fresh fruit or crisp cooked bacon, for serving (optional)


1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, and milk. Add cinnamon and nutmeg; whisk to combine.

2. Layer bread slices in a shallow baking dish and pour over egg mixture; let stand until bread begins to absorb liquid, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn bread slices and let bread absorb liquid on the opposite side, 2 to 3 minutes more.

3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a baking sheet or ovenproof serving platter in oven.

4. Working in batches, coat the bottom of a medium skillet with some of the clarified butter and heat over medium-high heat. Add 3 to 4 slices of soaked bread and cook until golden brown and crisp. Turn bread and cook until golden brown and crisp, adding butter as necessary to help browning and to give the French toast a nutty flavor. Transfer French toast to baking sheet in oven to keep warm. Repeat process with remaining clarified butter, soaked bread, and butter.

5. Serve French toast immediately dusted with confectioners’ sugar, syrup, and fresh fruit or bacon, if desired.

bon appetit!

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  1. That truly looks (and sounds!) like the most heavenly thing to wake up to in the morning. Must make some!! 🙂

    Posted 6.8.10 Reply
  2. your blog is lovely, this recipe looks so gooood!!!
    glad i stumbled upon your page 🙂

    At BORO when we like, we follow so you got yourself a new follower! for more Recipes yumster!


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  3. Jessica wrote:

    Just found your blog! I’m a huge fan of adding vanilla, orange zest and almond extract to my french toast – and nutmeg sounds like a fabulous addition!

    Posted 6.8.10 Reply
  4. CMA wrote:

    i’m loving your blog, keep it going!!!
    youve got a great eye for inspiration
    thanks for sharing!


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  5. Delicious, thanks for sharing I am a French toast obsessive! 😀

    Ripped Nylon

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  6. Haha! I love that Julia Child quote 😉 And that french toast delight looks like heaven!

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  7. Yum! Yum! Yum! Plus, I love that Julia Child quote!

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  8. Lordy that brioche looks fantastic. On the list of things to someday make, for sure.

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  9. tabitha wrote:

    mmm that looks mouth watering. A perfect breakfast!

    Posted 6.7.10 Reply
  10. that french toast is stunning! I need to mix up my morning routine – looks like a delicious way to do it 😉

    Posted 6.7.10 Reply
  11. Leslee wrote:

    my gosh this looks so drool worthy! ah i can’t wait to try this. Glad to have found your awesome blog.

    Posted 6.7.10 Reply
  12. lovely post. thanks for the recipe!

    xo Alison

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  13. Tee Sea wrote:

    what a great way to start the day!!

    stop by my blogs!

    Posted 6.7.10 Reply
  14. inked wrote:

    love this post 🙂 inspired

    Posted 6.7.10 Reply
  15. Elle Sees wrote:

    that looks divine!!

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  16. MrsFord wrote:

    This is really putting my mornings bowl of cereal to shame. SO YUMMY LOOKING!

    Posted 6.7.10 Reply