There is only one thing I love more than pasta. Well, two if you take into account coffee. But since we’re not talking about beverages here, let’s just stick with the one.
I mean, what is there not to love about this beautiful, delicious meal where you have a vast choice between savoury and sweet dishes? You can be completely healthy and have yummy food at the same time or indulge yourself with that stack of pancakes or waffles complete with a tiny slab of butter sitting regally on top, slowly melting as you drizzle on fresh maple syrup, then top with berries and whipped cream?
I think I just caught a whiff of heaven.
Growing up, the one meal that was given utmost importance in my family was breakfast. I mean, they do say to eat breakfast like a king as it is the most important meal of the day. Dinner was always an afterthought, especially when my father was out of town; then us girls would just throw something together just for the sake of not waking up hungry in the middle of the night.
You can just imagine what a change it was to marry a guy whose last thought was breakfast. As in, one-foot-out-the-door-and-phone-already-at-his-ear-speaking-to-his-assistant last thought.
I, on the other hand, enjoy breakfast buffets at hotels or finding cafés while travelling and trying out pastries distinctive to that area.
Like the trip to Copenhagen that hubby and I took last year. The hotel we were staying at was parallel to a famous café in that area and so every morning we’d walk over and I’d have this pastry, called a Kanelsnurrer, or a cinnamon swirl. It was crunchy, flaky, delicious and when paired with the hot chocolate we discovered at a chocolate boutique, the perfect way to begin those cold days we spent exploring the city.
This Mocha French Toast recipe is a great breakfast dish for those mornings when you crave something sweet. And if you’re like me and keep a count over your daily coffee intake, then this is a perfect way to get that caffeine kick without downing a large cup of coffee.
It’s a simple, straight-forward recipe and in less than 30 minutes you could be sitting down to this scrumptious breakfast. Now usually, I use whole wheat bread since I tend to have that on hand when the need for French toast arises, but this time, since I’ve been fantasizing about this recipe for quite a while, I bought a loaf of brioche in preparation. You could use either bread or any other that you find to your taste, but I did find the brioche absorbed and held the flavor better then regular wheat bread.
The few times I’ve made French Toast, I would simply place the slices of bread over a hot pan, without adding any butter or oil. I have yet to come across the French toast sticking to the pan, so it hasn’t been an issue. However, if you usually add either butter or oil, then go right on ahead. Just make sure that you get the pan nice and hot before adding the toast as it prevents the batter from oozing off.
If you try out this recipe or simply love it, then please let me know! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram (@_littlemiracles_) and I’ll be sure to check it out! ♥
Mocha French Toast
Yields: 8 slices
Time: 30 minutes
4 slices of Brioche or any bread you prefer
1/4 cup of coffee (1 tbsp. of black coffee+ 3 tbsp. milk)
1 egg, room temperature
1/4 cup melted chocolate chips, slightly cool
- Melt chocolate chips and keep aside. Whisk the egg and pour in the prepared coffee; mix well till combined.
- Add the melted chocolate and whisk till mixed completely.
- Place your frying pan over a medium high flame and let it heat up. Cut one slice of bread diagonally. I find it’s easier to flip and prevents the bread from tearing when cut as opposed to a complete slice of bread.
- Soak well one slice at a time, both sides, hold over bowl to let the excess mixture drip off before transferring to the pan. Cook for about 2/3 minutes on each side. When the bread begins to crisp up and looks golden brown, flip over to cook the other side.
- Plate up, shake some powdered sugar over it and drizzle some maple syrup & enjoy!