a little love in the morning

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This week is all about love, with it being Valentines Day week and all.  To show a little extra love I am going to be making a favorite, my Brioche French Toast.

Making the morning special

One of my favorite things to get for breakfast or brunch is french toast.  Anytime there is  Brioche French Toast on the menu I am ordering it.   There is just something so yummy about thick cut bread dipped in a delicious egg mixture and then grilled to perfection.

Every time I fix this for The Hubby he always says he feels like we have gone out for brunch in our PJ’s.  Now that is a special morning for sure.

It’s all about the bread

My go to bread for french toast is always brioche.  There is just something about the tenderness of the brioche that makes for a great french toast.  It absorbs the egg mixture well and once it hits the griddle (or skillet) it browns up and gets the best crust.  Plus it is already delicious making any additional spices you add to it just that much better.

If brioche you can’t find it, you can use french bread, texas toast or really any bread you can cut thick. The best fresh toast is cut thick in my opinion.

One more thing.  Make sure you try and use day old bread.  Fresh bread will not absorb the egg mixture as well as day old bread will.

A little secret something

I have a little secret that I add in but don’t tell The Hubby.   I add in a little pumpkin pie spice to the egg mixture.  Yes pumpkin pie spice and it is not even fall.  First, I love pumpkin everything, anytime, but I really love it in french toast.  Most people add in cinnamon but I think the combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and all spice add a depth of flavor that I love.

If pumpkin pie spice is not your thing try a little espresso powder or cocoa powder for some added flavor.

Love in the making

Serves 4 servings (2 slices per serving)

Brioche French Toast

Light and fluffy bread bread that has just enough spice to make it just as good as your favorite brunch place

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

8 slices day old Brioche bread, cut thick (about 1 inch thick)
2/3 cup fat free half & half (or milk of your choice)
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Toppings
Maple syrup
Berries
Powder Sugar
Whipped Cream

Directions

Place bread into 2 large casserole dishes , making sure they are all laying flat
In a medium bowl whisk together half & half, eggs and vanilla until well combined
Add in flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt & pumpkin pie spice and mix until smooth
Pour mixture over bread slices, dividing evenly among both casserole dishes
Let bread soak for 2-3 minutes, and then flip and let soak on the other side for another 2-3 minutes
Preheat griddle on medium
Spray with nonstick spray or use a few pats of butter
Place bread onto griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes on first side, or until nicely browned and then flip
Cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until browned
Remove and serve immediately with any toppings you prefer
ENJOY!!

Notes

Each serving (without toppings) is 15 Smart Points

Nutritional Info

Calories 393 - Calories from Fat 81 - Total Fat 9 g - Saturated Fat 1.5 g - Monounsaturated Fat 1.6 g - Polyunsaturated Fat 5.6 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 180 g - Sodium 666 mg - Potassium 192 mg - Total Carbohydrate 67 g - Dietary Fiber 2 g - Sugars 32 g - Protein 10 g

Vitamin A 4 % - Vitamin C 0 % - Calcium 7 % - Iron 6 %

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Whether you are creating a special breakfast for your love on Valentines Day or looking for a fun dinner option this Brioche Fresh Toast is a must try.  Trust me this will become a new favorite for sure!

Make today sparkle – MJ


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