Southern French Toast

challah. brown sugar. french cream.

serves 4

Chef Stacey Eames

batter

2 eggs
14 g (1 tbsp) sugar
¼ tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
236 ml (1 cup) whole milk

In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly. Whisk in the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add milk and whisk until mixture is fully incorporated.

brown sugar batter

227 g (8 oz) butter
454 g (16 oz) brown sugar
158 ml (2/3 cup) water

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. When butter is fully melted, whisk in brown sugar and water. Continue heating and whisking until sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture is smooth.

Bring to a boil. Then cut off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container. Do not refrigerate.

french cream

132 g (4.7 oz) cream cheese
42 g (1.5 oz) powdered sugar
158 ml (2/3 cup) half ‘n’ half

Allow cream cheese to warm to room temperature. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate unused portion for up to two weeks.

griddle

neutral oil
8 slices challah
dipping batter

Heat a cast iron griddle over medium. Lightly coat with a neutral oil. Once oil is shimmering, dip two slices of challah into the batter, and place onto the griddle.

Cook until golden brown, about 4-7 minutes on each side. Remove finished slices to a cutting board. Slice all pieces in half on the diagonal.

plate

brown sugar butter
french cream
16 strawberries, sliced
½ pint (2 cups) blueberries

Slice strawberries.

Arrange french toast slices on warm plates. Garnish with blueberries, strawberries, french cream, and brown sugar butter.

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