We are getting closer to Valentine’s Day so this week I have all Valentine’s posts planned for you. We are beginning with breakfast. This recipe is a simple french toast with a couple of unique touches.
First you shape the french toast into hearts. I did this with a Wilton Comfort Grip Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter, but any large heart shaped cookie cutter will do. Or you can always free hand it and cut your own heart shape out using kitchen shears. I did us my shears after the cookie cutter to make a more defined “V” at the top of my hearts. Save the remain bread scraps to make croutons, bread crumbs or a french toast casserole.
The second special touch is almond extract. You add a little to the batter and also make a butter with it to top the french toast with. I think most people won’t know what you added to the french toast but will say it tastes amazing. The almond just adds another element of flavor but isn’t over powering or really noticeable. What you will notice is a unique buttery flavor. Who knows, you may want to add it to your french toast from now on.
I used a great loaf of bread that I picked up from Costco- Nature’s Harvest French Bread. It is sliced into nice 1 inch slices. However, I wouldn’t use the regular french bread from the grocery store. The loaf will be too small in diameter to make a nice heart, plus it tends to be really airy. This will be hard to work with once it is cut into the heart shape and the crust is removed. You can use regular sandwich bread, you just won’t have as thick of slices. My other recommendation would be some kind of Texas Toast that you can find at most Walmarts. There are several companies that make them.
- 10-12 (1 inch) slices of bread (I used Nature's Harvest French Bread from Costco)
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Fresh raspberries or slices strawberries for garnish
- syrup for serving
- For the almond butter:
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1½ Tbsp powdered sugar
- ½ tsp almond extract
- Cut bread slices into heart shapes. You can use a large, almost 4 inch heart, cookie cutter or cut your own heart shape with kitchen shears. Use trimmings for another purpose.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and 1 tsp almond extract.
- In large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Dip both sides of each bread heart into the egg mixture and place on the hot skillet. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
- For the almond butter - in a small bowl, blend together the ½ cup butter, 1½ Tbsp powdered sugar and ½ tsp almond extract.
- Serve cooked french toast with the almond butter along with a sprinkling of powdered and fresh raspberries or strawberry slices. Drizzle with syrup. Serves 5-6.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.