Almond French Toast
Gourmet, May 2006
10 min 4 Main Ingredient: Almond RecipePreparing: 10 min
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups half-and-half
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sliced almonds (5 oz)
8 (3/4-inch-thick) slices brioche or challah from a 4- to 5-inch-wide loaf
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
TipsTop with maple syrup & confectioners sugar You can also substitute the almonds for shaved coconut
Nutrition Factsper serving of Makes 4 breakfast servings.
Step 1Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 275°F.
Step 2Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large shallow dish until combined well.
Step 3Spread almonds on a large plate.
Step 4Soak 4 slices of bread in egg mixture, turning over once, until saturated. Working with 1 slice at a time, remove bread, letting excess egg mixture drip off, then dredge in almonds to coat both sides, gently pressing to help adhere.
Step 5Transfer to a plate or wax paper.
Step 6Repeat procedure with remaining 4 slices.
Step 7Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then cook 4 bread slices, turning over once, until almonds and bread are golden brown 5 to 6 minutes.
Step 8Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter and cook remaining 4 slices in the same manner.
Step 9Transfer French toast to a baking sheet as cooked and keep warm in the oven.