Fellas, let me help pave the way for you to have a successful Valentine’s Day. You might have seen the french toast I made for Mackie a few days ago. I’ll let you in on the secret – it’s really freaking easy. There’s one key element – bread. If you get the right bread, it’s game set match. From my experience if you start the day by serving this to your significant other in bed, it’s gonna be a good day.
Makes enough for 4 pieces
- 1 loaf of Brioche bread (if you can’t find brioche you can use a soft white sandwich bread or maybe challah – but brioche is the hands down best for this though. It’s worth calling a few bakeries if you have to. Come on, you’re already going to the trouble of making breakfast for her, don’t screw up the most important ingredient!)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole or 2% milk (don’t use skim – there’s no point in trying to make this holiday healthy)
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- White, milk, or dark chocolate (I used semi-sweet Ghiradelli chocolate chips, you can use a broken up chocolate bar or chips)
- Strawberries or raspberries
- Butter for the pan
- Optional – if you feel like getting fancy you can add orange zest or a teaspoon of a nice liquor to the batter ie Grand Marnier or Framboise. I didn’t do it and it’s not necessary, but it’s your call. Don’t use cheap liquor. Don’t be the guy that uses Strawberry Burnette’s in the French Toast.
- Also optional, but a nice touch is some freshly made whipped cream. 1 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Use a mixer and whip it up.
Slice the bread into 1″ or 1 1/2″ thick slices. You need some room to get the chocolate chips inside. On the side of the bread slices, use your knife and make a slit where you can pack in a tablespoon or so of chocolate chips. Go slow and try not to tear the bread. Once you’ve got the slits made, add the chocolate.
Make a batter with the rest of the ingredients. Get a shallow baking dish and place your bread slices in it. Pour the batter over the bread, moving it around so it’s nice and covered.
While the bread is soaking, heat up a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted, and the bread. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until it’s nice and golden brown. If you can’t fit all four slices in your pan, keep the finished slices in a warm oven or toaster oven.
Once it’s all done, top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, whip cream, or a little syrup. Then add a few sliced strawberries. Serve this to her with a mimosa (orange juice + champagne or prosecco) and thank me later.