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Big Black Dog: Pumpkin Pie Brioche French Toast!

November 11, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Brioche French Toast!





French Toast; Recipes for "french toast" can be traced to Ancient Roman times. One of the original French names for this dish is Pain a la Romaine, or Roman bread.

Although a breakfast food in North America, Europe, Bermuda, it is a Christmastime dessert in Portugal and Brazil. Typical French toast is made with bread and eggs. Milk or sugar is commonly added. According to what is popular in local cuisine, many of the spices that are added to bread or egg dishes are included in cooking. This versatile dish is often topped with sugar, butter, fruit, syrup, or other items.

"French toast" can be found in print in the US as early as 1871. The Oxford English Dictionary cites usages of "French toast" in English as early as 1660 (toasted bread with wine, orange juice, and sugar), and cites an egg-based recipe of the same name from 1882.




French Toast has always been a favorite of my family and we have it as much for dinner as we do breakfast or brunch. And when I made the first recipe, Pumpkin Pie Brioche, for the new baking group, HBinFive, I knew it would make a good French Toast. And I was not disappointed, the Pumpkin French Toast was outstanding! I'm not sure if French Toast will ever be the same for us again after tasting it made with the Pumpkin Pie Brioche.

Ooops...almost forgot to mention that this is only 1 of 2 posts for the Pumpkin Pie Brioche, so stayed tuned for future postings!




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Simple French Toast
Recipe adapted from my Mom

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. milk
5-6 slices of bread (**See note if you're using the Pumpkin Brioche)
Cinnamon
Cooking Spray like Pam

Option: Fresh fruit

Measure the milk into a small bowl. Add slightly beaten eggs and mix well. Pour milk/egg mix on to a small platter or pie plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with cooking spray.

Place a bread slice into the egg mixture, letting the slice soak up egg mixture for only a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side. Coat only 1 slice of bread at a time and only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time. You may have to add more cinnamon.

Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French toast hot with butter, syrup and fresh fruit.

**Note: The Pumpkin Pie Brioche is soft so I cut the brioche into about 3/4" slices and let the slices sit out on the counter to dry for an hour or so.




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If you are interested in joining HBinFive please send an email to ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

If you join HBinFive before November 15, 2009, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free, signed copy of "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day" by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois.




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21 Comments:

Blogger girlichef said...

Wowza, that is some pretty french toast!! Hopefully I can make some just like it. Soon! :)

November 11, 2009 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

This looks wonderful! My kitchen is in a mess due to a remodel, but as soon as things are back to normal... I'm trying this recipe. Looks delish!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

November 11, 2009 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Manuela said...

I am now having my morning coffee and I so wish I was eating it with this. Being a Brazilian gal myself, I can confirm that this is true, but where I grew up they now eat something similar to French toast year round. Brazilians love bread!

November 11, 2009 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I used to make french toast a lot when my kids were at home. They always loved it! Using the pumpkin pie brioche sounds delicious!

November 11, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Soooo maybe I should come over to your house on Thursday and you can make me breakfast???? LOL

November 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Very tasty! My family would love this.

November 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Wow, that's what I made for breakfast today! Great minds... :)

November 11, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Lori E said...

I don't think I could keep enough of the brioche around to make French toast the next morning.
Bread seems to disappear into thin air around here.

November 11, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I can't believe you made French toast with the pumpkin brioche too! I just made some this morning myself and it was wonderful. You'll be seeing my post soon :)

November 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

oh how yummy!! now I'm going to have to mix up another batch of the pumpkin pie brioche just so I can make this.

November 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

Gee - that's what I made for supper last night! :-) Only I baked mine (took no pics - not nearly as pretty as this!), since I already had the oven running from my first batch of the Master bread in HBin5.

November 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

You have such a way with styling and making everything look so delicious. I don't really care for pumpkin and here I am looking at this and thinking maybe I do b/c this all looks so very good!

November 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Elle said...

So pretty! French Toast is one of my all time favorites!

November 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Carol at Serendipity said...

How pretty! Looks yummy. Why do you suppose I am always looking at the wonderful food posts when I am starving????

Carol

November 11, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I just put up a post on my PPB braid. It's a disappearing too quickly to make it into French toast.

November 11, 2009 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'll bet that was killer. Great picture! I'm on my second batch of dough. I'll have to make some French Toast!

November 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

These are such beautiful photos of french toast! I'm going to have to look for pumpkin brioche!

November 11, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger The Little Teochew said...

Love these! They look so very comforting! Perfectly browned too :) And adapted from MOM! Ahhh ... the best recipes are always handed down, aren't they? I love this post very much, Michelle!

November 12, 2009 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Velva said...

Yum! A Pumpkin french toast. Love it!

November 12, 2009 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

This sounds amazing! I love all things pumpkin SO ridiculously much. Heavenly.

I would love to join this baking group...I've been meaning to get more into baking breads lately. I will shoot you an email about it!

November 12, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Sounds pretty fantastic to me... I love french toast for breakfast!

November 12, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

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