There is only one thing I love more than pasta. Well, two if you take into account coffee. But since we’re not talking about beverages here, let’s just stick with the one.
I mean, what is there not to love about this beautiful, delicious meal where you have a vast choice between savory and sweet dishes? You can be completely healthy and have yummy food at the same time or indulge yourself with that stack of pancakes or waffles complete with a tiny slab of butter sitting regally on top, slowly melting as you drizzle on fresh maple syrup, then top with berries and whipped cream?
I think I just caught a whiff of heaven.
Growing up, the one meal that was given the utmost importance in my family was breakfast. I mean, they do say to eat breakfast like a king as it is the most important meal of the day. Dinner was always an afterthought, especially when my father was out of town; then us girls would just throw something together just for the sake of not waking up hungry in the middle of the night.
You can just imagine what a change it was to marry a guy whose last thought was breakfast. As in, one-foot-out-the-door-and-phone-already-at-his-ear-speaking-to-his-assistant last thought.
I, on the other hand, enjoy breakfast buffets at hotels or finding cafés while traveling and trying out pastries distinctive to that area.
Like the trip to Copenhagen that hubby and I took last year. The hotel we were staying at was parallel to a famous café in that area and so every morning we’d walk over and I’d have this pastry, called a Kanelsnurrer, or a cinnamon swirl. It was crunchy, flaky, delicious and when paired with the hot chocolate we discovered at a chocolate boutique, the perfect way to begin those cold days we spent exploring the city.
This Mocha French Toast recipe is a great breakfast dish for mornings when you crave something sweet. And if you’re like me and keep a count over your daily coffee intake, then this is a perfect way to get that caffeine kick without downing a large cup of coffee.
It’s a simple, straight-forward recipe and in less than 20 minutes you could be sitting down to this scrumptious breakfast. Now usually, I use whole wheat bread since I tend to have that on hand when the need for French toast arises. However, this time, since I’ve been fantasizing about this recipe for quite a while, I bought a loaf of brioche in preparation. You could use either bread or any other that you find to your taste, but I did find the brioche absorbed and held the flavor better than regular wheat bread.
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- 4 slices Brioche bread 1 day old
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 1 tsp ground coffee
- 3 tbsp full fat milk
- 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 14 gms unsalted butter
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- washed & sliced strawberries
- confectioners' sugar for dusting
If you only have fresh bread- place 4 slices on a grill in a preheated oven at 300ºF/ 148ºC for 8 minutes on each side. Turn off oven and leave inside if you don't need it immediately.
Whisk whole egg and egg yolk in a large shallow bowl. The bowl should be wide enough that you can perfectly place a slice of bread horizontally to dip into batter.
Melt chocolate and butter in a small bowl, in 30-second increments until melted. Add to whisked eggs.
Heat water in a mug for 15 seconds. Add coffee and milk, stir to combine. Add to egg & chocolate mixture.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Add a slice of bread to the batter and hold down with a spatula for thirty seconds. Place on pan and cook for 1 minute on both sides or until fully cooked.
Top with strawberries and a dusting of confectioners' sugar- even whipped cream!