Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lemon French Toast with Berries and Maple Whipped Cream

french toast with strawberries blueberries and maple whip cream recipe

Let's call this Happy Canada-Fourth of July Day french toast!  Some red and blue berries to celebrate the U.S.A. and some maple whipped cream to celebrate Canada!  The maple whipped cream is lovely and light, with just a subtle maple flavour.  The tiny bit of tartness from the lemon in the french toast balances out the sweetness of everything else. We really enjoyed this breakfast and N said it was much easier to get out of bed knowing this was waiting for him.

P.S. I got to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Will & Kate - yesterday, up close!! Happy Holiday  weekend everyone!

Lemon French Toast with Berries and Maple Whipped Cream
Serves 4

1 pint blueberries
1/2 quart strawberries, sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar

Rinse and dry the berries.  Put the berries in a bowl, squeeze some lemon juice over them and then sprinkle with sugar.  Mix and let sit while the french toast cooks.

Maple Whipped Cream
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Beat together the whipping cream and the maple syrup until stiff peaks form.  Put the whipped cream into the refrigerator while the french toast cooks.

French Toast
1/2 to whole loaf sourdough bread (6-8 slices)
3 whole eggs
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
4 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Slice the sourdough bread into six to eight slices, making sure the slices are about an inch thick.

Whisk the remaining ingredients (except butter) in a large bowl. Then dip the bread slices into the liquid and turn to coat.  Place the bread on a rimmed baking sheet.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add two tablespoons of butter and as many slices of bread as will fit in the skillet.  Cook until the bread is lightly browned and flip to cook the other side.  Repeat until all toast is cooked. Make sure to add butter for each batch.

Place the cooked french toast onto a baking sheet and into the oven until the rest of the toast is cooked. Serve the french toast with berries and maple whipped cream.


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