During the holiday season, breakfast is more than just a simple bowl of cereal. A touch more indulgent, full of seasonal flavors, the plate is overflowing with deliciousness. This eggnog French toast recipe from St Pierre Brioche will have everyone feeling satisfied.
Creating a great French toast recipe is a combination of two primary items, a great loaf of bread and a creamy, rich custard. Both items need to be in harmony to ensure a delicious bite.
By using a brioche, like St Pierre Brioche, the bread has a buttery richness that can stand up to the custard. As the luscious custard fills every nook and cranny of the bread, it ensures that every bite satisfies. The contrast of the crust’s slight thickness to the center’s fluffiness is quite delightful.
Since it is the holiday season, adding a seasonal flavor to the custard can make the plate even more festive. Eggnog has a richness that many people enjoy. Combined with other warm spices, each forkful makes for extra enjoyment.
Eggnog French Toast & Caramelized Oranges
- 8 slices St Pierre Brioche Loaf
- 2 small oranges
- 1 oz butter
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 oz light brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 200ml heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp Eggnog liqueur
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp superfine sugar
- Vegetable oil or butter for frying
- Toffee or caramel sauce to serve
- First make the caramelized oranges. Trim the top off each orange then place on a board with the flat (trimmed) ends down. Using a small knife carefully cut downwards, following the curve of the fruit, to remove the peel. Now place the oranges on their sides and cut into thin slices about ⅛th of an inch
- Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet over high heat. Add the sugar and ginger and stir then bubble for 3 minutes. Add the orange slices and cook for 1-2 minutes until slightly caramelized. Carefully remove with a spatula and set aside on a plate
- Add the eggs, cream, vanilla, Eggnog liqueur, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar to a wide bowl and whisk together until well combined
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat and add ½ tsp oil and ½ tsp butter
Dip a slice of brioche loaf into the egg and cream mixture then add to the skillet. Repeat with another slice or two, depending on how many you can fit in your skillet
- Fry for a couple of minutes until golden then turn and cook the other side. Lift out onto warmed plates then repeat with the other slices
- Pile up the French toast then top with the caramelized oranges and drizzle over the toffee or caramel sauce to serve. Serve with an Eggnog drink on the side if you like!
The use of caramelized oranges is key. Although sweet, the slight acidic note helps to cut through the richness of the dish.
Ready to bring some holiday cheer at breakfast? This eggnog French toast recipe is one that will make everyone feel merry and bright.