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.
xo,
s
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balthazar’s brioche french toast
{via martha stewart}

ingredients

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)

directions

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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16 Comments

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    Cafe Fashionista
    06/08/2010 at 2:37 pm

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

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    The Book of Right-On
    06/08/2010 at 2:28 pm

    your blog is lovely, this recipe looks so gooood!!!
    glad i stumbled upon your page πŸ™‚

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

    Margaux

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    Jessica
    06/08/2010 at 11:19 am

    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!

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    CMA
    06/08/2010 at 4:21 am

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

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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    Dessinatrice
    06/08/2010 at 3:37 am

    Delicious, thanks for sharing I am a French toast obsessive! πŸ˜€

    β™₯ Ripped Nylon β™₯

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    heart charlie
    06/08/2010 at 3:15 am

    Haha! I love that Julia Child quote πŸ˜‰ And that french toast delight looks like heaven!

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    Crystal @ Plush Palate
    06/08/2010 at 2:25 am

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

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    Ian H. Smith
    06/08/2010 at 12:56 am

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

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    tabitha
    06/07/2010 at 11:26 pm

    mmm that looks mouth watering. A perfect breakfast!

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    passport in my pocket
    06/07/2010 at 10:21 pm

    that french toast is stunning! I need to mix up my morning routine – looks like a delicious way to do it πŸ˜‰

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    Leslee
    06/07/2010 at 8:07 pm

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

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    and flowers pick themselves
    06/07/2010 at 8:07 pm

    lovely post. thanks for the recipe!

    xo Alison

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    Tee Sea
    06/07/2010 at 5:49 pm

    what a great way to start the day!!

    stop by my blogs!
    http://dreamingchiffon.blogspot.com
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    inked
    06/07/2010 at 5:07 pm

    love this post πŸ™‚ inspired

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    Elle Sees
    06/07/2010 at 2:32 pm

    that looks divine!!

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    MrsFord
    06/07/2010 at 1:58 pm

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

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