French toast with berries and mascarpone
25th September 2013

French toast with berries and mascarpone

By Lauren Photography by Adam
 

Monday – Friday without exception, my first conversation of the day is with the coffee machine. I’m just not a morning person. It is a struggle to make it into the office by 8am. Let’s just say I meet the challenge maybe one day out of ten, bleary eyed. Weekday breakfasts are often out of a box – anything that requires little thought or preparation. I like to make up for this by making totally delicious, indulgent weekend brunches. I love cooking in my pjs, slippers keeping my toes warm, music up, heat pump cranking. A perfect lazy Sunday for me means not getting dressed, not leaving the house, not having visitors… basically being a hermit with delicious snacks. Oh and a Sunday paper to browse curled up at the sunny end of the couch!

Ingredients

Serves 2
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  • 100g mixed berries
  • 1 tsp rosewater
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of half an orange
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  • ~1/3 French bread stick
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
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  • Butter and oil for frying
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  • 100g mascarpone
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Method

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    • 1. Combine berries, rosewater, first measure of caster sugar, vanilla and orange zest. Leave to macerate.
    • 2. Slice bread into 4cm thick pieces on the diagonal.
    • 3. Whisk eggs, milk, first measure of cinnamon and caster sugar together.
    • 4. Heat a heavy-based frying pan or griddle to a medium-high heat. Grease with a little butter and oil. Dip bread into egg mix in batches of 3-4 at a time. Fry until golden on each side. Keep warm in a low oven until all pieces are cooked.
    • 5. Combine mascarpone, orange zest and cinnamon. Serve.
     

    COMMENTS

    1. Ieva Marija

      Wow! This was just what I needed this cold morning (I live in Vilnius, Lithuania). Beautiful pictures and beautiful expressions about what Sunday means to you :)

    2. Lauren

      Thanks Leva!
      I hope this recipe will warm you up on a cold morning :)

     

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