Make A Fabulous French Toast Brunch

With the holiday weekend over, chances are you have a lot of leftovers.

On The Early Show Monday, a top New York pastry chef showed how to use items remaining in your fridge to prepare a delicious French toast brunch with all sorts of fresh toppings.

Tiffany MacIsaac, who delights customers at the hotspot known as Allen and Delancey, served up recipes for French Toast 101.

By knowing French toast basics, she says, you can tackle almost any flavors you want to bring to your brunch table.



French Toast Custard

2 cups whole milk
3 whole eggs
2 Tablespoons Whiskey, Amaretto, or Frangelico (optional)
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Brioche or Challah (Cut into 1" thick slices)

Preheat your oven to 325 Degrees F.
Whisk all the above ingredients together by hand until smooth.
Dip Brioche (Cut into 1" thick pieces) into the batter for about 15 seconds on each side.
Over a medium heat, melt a pat of butter. Brown the French Toast on one side then flip and cook to golden brown on the 2nd side. Warm in the oven at 325 degrees F for 5 minutes and serve.

Apple-Caramel Topping

2 Apples, peeled and diced
1 Cup Sugar
4 Tablespoons Butter
Pinch Salt
1/2 Cup Chopped, Toasted Walnuts

Heat sugar and butter in a pan with a pinch of salt. Sautee until the butter begins to brown and the sugar caramelizes. Be careful to keep the heat low so the sugar doesn't burn. Add the apples, already peeled and diced, to the plan with the caramel mixture, and stir until the apples are cooked through. Add walnuts. Remove from the heat and add to the top of the French toast.
Serve warm.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Topping

1 pint Strawberries, Halved
2 Stalks of Rhubarb, Cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup orange Juice
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Heat Sugar, water, orange juice and lemon juice. Add Rhubarb and cook until soft. Remove the mixture from heat and cool. Remove the rhubarb from the poaching liquid. Mix with halved berries. Return the berries and rhubarb to the poaching liquid and pour over toast.

Popped Blueberry-Lemon Topping

1 pint Blueberries
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Heat all over a medium heat until the blueberries begin to pop. Serve Warm.

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