Almond Crusted French Toast. Get in my belly.
Where to begin? I first made this because I was trying to think of a way to use a baguette that was soon to become stale. Then I decided to add almonds, and I think I heard fireworks. Seriously, you’re going to love this. The almonds add such a good texture to the normally (lets be honest) pretty soggy dish that is french toast. The crunch is amazing.
So, I started with a full baguette, for a family of four. I cut it down into more workable sizes and then cut them into even smaller slices. I wanted to keep them thicker than normal so I could soak them without having to worry about sogginess.
Then for the custard, I combined 1 cup of milk, 2 large eggs, 2 tbsp of honey, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
After the mixture was thoroughly combined, I tossed in the bread. I let them soak on one side for about 5 minutes, then turned them and let them soak for another 5 minutes.
When I thought the bread had been in its little custard bath long enough, I placed them directly into some roasted almonds that I pulsed through the food processor. I coated both the top and bottom of each piece of bread. Yum.
(This is the best part… Drool!)
When they were all coated and ready to go, I melted about a tbsp of butter in the pan and seared the tops and bottoms for a few minutes each on medium heat. Then I flipped them onto their sides and gave them a nice butter bath all over.
And it’s as easy and delicious as that! I maybe would have dusted with powdered sugar, but I kind of liked it not as sweet, especially since I doused it with maple syrup! As an after thought I wished I had some shredded coconut to sprinkle over the top, just to send it over the edge, but this was seriously so tasty that it really didn’t need anything extra.
Hope you enjoy!
Almond Crusted French Toast
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tbsp honey
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tbsp butter
½ cup ground roasted almonds
Maple syrup to taste
First, cut baguette into slices about 1 ½ inch thick. Then, in a large mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, honey, and cinnamon. Toss in the bread slices and let them soak for about 5 minutes on each side, making sure the bread becomes completely saturated with the mixture. Then, remove the bread and coat with ground almonds on the top and bottom of each slice. Sear in hot pan with a tbsp. of butter until golden brown and cooked throughout. Top with maple syrup, and serve with preferred fruit.