Whenever I go out for brunch, my stomach is always attracted to the sweet items on the menu. Maple syrup? Definitely. Strawberries on top? Of course. Maybe it's because I get through the week on cereal and oatmeal, but I just can't resist. One of my favorite spots for brunch, Paramount Grill in Gainesville, FL, serves up some of the best French toast. I don't even have to look at the rest of the menu to decide (even though the banana, walnut and vanilla bean pancake sounds good, too). Their almond crusted French toast is served with fresh blueberries, raspberry coulis and sour cream and is just sweet enough without being too sugary. I was excited when they posted the recipe so I could recreate this dish at home. Here is Paramount Grill's recipe (serves 6 to 8 people):
- 2 LARGE LOAVES FRENCH BREAD, CUT INTO 1-INCH THICK SLICES
- 6 EGGS
- 1 1/2 CUPS HALF-AND-HALF OR HEAVY CREAM
- 2 TEASPOONS BROWN SUGAR, OR TO TASTE
- 1 1/2 TEASPOONS ALMOND (OR VANILLA) EXTRACT
- 1/4 CUP SLIVERED ALMONDS
Beat together the eggs, cream, brown sugar and almond extract. Dip the bread into the egg mixture, and then roll the crust of the battered bread in the slivered almonds.
Place on a pre-heated griddle over medium heat and cook until golden brown. Flip the bread over and cook the other side until golden brown.
You can also bake the French toast in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes (or until the top turns golden brown).
Hope you enjoy! Let us know some of your brunch favorites.