I know the title is kind of cheesy, but I could not resist. My husband loves french toast. We have made multiple bolts off the interstate as he sees a Cracker Barrel sign. They have, in his opinion, the best french toast in the world. With Father’s day quickly approaching I made it my mission to invent a french toast recipe that would rival his favorite.
I needed something different. Something that Cracker Barrel would never attempt to tackle. Think Chrishelle, what would take french toast to a whole new level. Fresh fruit, berries in particular, would make my morning pastries untouchable. Take that Cracker Barrel. It took a few tries to come up with the right combination, but I think I have got a keeper. Hope this gives you another option for a berry special Father’s Day breakfast. (okay I will stop, but it’s going to be berry hard hahaha)
BERRY FRENCH TOAST
1/4 up finely chopped blackberries
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp finely chopped lemon zest
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
12 slices of bread
butter for the griddle
In a mixing bowl, combine milk and eggs, whisk until smooth. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt then whisk. Stir in blackberries and strawberries. (The mixture will be purple. Do not panic after the toast slices cook they are golden brown.)
Pour mixture into a shallow container. (I use a pie pan) Place a slice of bread in pan, and turn it so both side are able to absorb the custard mixture. Some fruit will stick to the bread. Repeat until all slice are coated with the mixture. Heat griddle to 300 degrees. Place a small amount of butter on griddle and allow to melt, then spread on surface of griddle. Place slice of bread on griddle, do not over crowd. (I did 6 slices at a time) Allow bread to Brown on one side, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the slices and allow to brown on second side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot with syrup or whipped cream and fresh fruit.
What was the verdict? My husband said they were great, but in a different french toast category than Cracker Barrel. I will take that. He ate his plate and went back for seconds. I am glad he enjoyed my recipe in honor of his love for french toast.