Sunday, September 19, 2010

French Toast with Warm Fresh Peaches: College Edition

Hey world!

Thought I'd steal something from Dan Brown aka pogobat on YouTube. This morning my floor friend (friend on my floor) and I made brunch. Yesterday we went to the farmers market, which was a gruelling 45 minute walk one way, and I got some peaches, among other things. I'm pretty sure they were organic. I should have asked... whoops. After that I went by myself to Capers, which is just Whole Foods by a different name. No really, it's the same company. I have no idea why they changed the name for this location. Anyways, at Capers I got some spelt flour and bread and a whole bunch of other stuff but I won't bore you with that... well, except for the fact that they had green AND red dandelion greens on for 2 for $3! I'm going to freeze them and put them in soups and possibly salads.

This morning I got my F.F. to get some vanilla soy milk from the caf. She's totally addicted. I think this is a beautiful thing because I've introduced someone who isn't vegan to something vegan and they loved it. She also got me a vanilla chai soy milk, which I heated up after breakfast in a mug with a bit of cinnamon in the microwave and it was SO GOOD... or should I say soy good? ;)

Here's my recipe for french toast, stolen from Chef Chloe's blog. You should be noticing a trend here. Her stuff is just sooo good, though! I want to eat it all the time! If you have an oven/convection oven/toaster oven, you have to make her beach cookies. They are to die for! Also, feel free to substitute whatever fruit is local, in season or just on hand for the peaches.

French Toast with Warm Fresh Peaches
Serves 2

Warm Blueberry Compote (Warm Peach Compote)
2 pints blueberries
(I used 2 peaches, sliced into eighths)
1/3 cup agave or maple syrup
(3 tbsp. brown rice syrup)
½ lemon, juice and zest
(I didn't have any lemon, so...)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
(more like a few shakes! Yummy!)

Cinnamon French Toast
1 loaf French or whole wheat bread
(6 slices bread. The bread I bought was a spelt yeast-free rye bread, and it was pretty much miniature sized.)
2 cups flour
(1/2 cup flour)
2 cups non-dairy milk
(1/2 cup vanilla soy milk)
3 tablespoons maple syrup + extra for dipping
(1-2 tbsp. brown rice syrup)
2 teaspoon vanilla
(approx. 1 tsp vanilla, but maybe less)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
(I used way more, simply because my friend and I both loove cinnamon!)
pinch of sea salt
(I didn't use any)
2 tablespoon canola oil
(I used a tiny bit of coconut oil in the beginning but it didn't even make a difference.)
powdered sugar for sifting
(We didn't use any but if you care about presentation then I would recommend in using it. Ours was sweet enough without this!)

Warm Fresh Peaches
In a microwave safe bowl, combine peaches, brown rice syrup, agave, cinnamon and lemon, if using. Microwave for 2 minutes.
Note: you will want to warm this up again right before serving, so if you would like to save this until you've got your last piece of toast in the rice cooker then feel free to do so. Next time I'm going to wait. =)

Cinnamon French Toast
Plug in your rice cooker and let it heat up while you prepare the french toast batter.
In a bowl combine flour, soy milk, brown rice syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Once the rice cooker has heated up (about 5 minutes), start dipping your bread slice by slice into the batter, and then heat in rice cooker. After about 1-2 minutes, check on your bread and flip with a fork or spatula, if you happen to have one. Cook on the other side until done, and remove to a plate. Repeat until you're out of batter or bread. Serve topped with warm peaches.
Note: french toast always tastes better when it's warm, so either eat it right away while it's hot, or do as I did and reheat it when you are reheating your peaches (when the last piece is in the rice cooker).


1 comment:

  1. Stephanie, your French Toast with Warm Peaches sounds and looks delicious!! Hey, you are the winner of the 2lb. bag of Chia Seeds from the "Health Seeker's Kitchen". Congratulations!! I will be watching for some Chia Seed recipes on your blog:) Can you send me your address so I can let Chia Seeds Direct know where to send your gift. Have a super weekend.