Snow Day French Toast

Jonas has come and…well, is still lingering…but we made it through the worst!

On Saturday, I relived my childhood by playing in the snow for hours, runner-style. I headed out the door with low expectations — I didn’t think I’d make it more than a few minutes in the blizzard. However, equipped with ski goggles, multiple layers, trail shoes and a cautious pace, I had 8 miles of snowy, windy fun!

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Day two of the blizzard was a little less fun. I headed out for blizzard running part two, but quickly turned around when reality hit me and I realized I had hours of shoveling to do — about 3 hours, to be exact.

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To make the day a little less painful — well, at least mentally (my back is STILL sore) — I whipped up a little snow day comfort food: French toast!

I started with a mixture of eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie space and a dash of salt. I dunked whole wheat bread into the mixture and let it soak for just 3-4 minutes — if you’re using whole wheat bread (especially if you’re using fresh bread), you don’t want to let it soak for too long or else it will fall apart.

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To go along with French toast, I made a mixed berry reduction sauce by bringing frozen berries and a little bit of water and sugar to a boil and them simmering on medium-low for 10 minutes.

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To finish it off, I drizzled the French toast with the berry syrup (and maple syrup, of course), lemon zest, blanched slivered almonds and a bit of powdered sugar.

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The next time you’re looking for a comforting meal to refuel after a long day in the cold, this mixed berry-lemon French toast will hit the spot!

Ingredients:

  • (For two people) 4 slices whole wheat toast
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • For the custard:
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup low-fat milk
    • 1 tsp each cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 small dash salt
  • For the berry sauce:
    • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
    • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
  • Toppings (optional):
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
    • 1 tbsp blanched slivered almonds
    • Maple syrup

Instructions:

  • Mix together the ingredients for the custard until combined and pour into shallow dish
  • Soak the whole wheat bread for 1-2 minutes on each side. Press gently to make sure bread is completely submerged in custard mixture
  • Melt half the butter and oil in a pan on medium heat
  • Cook the French toast for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown
  • Top with berry sauce and toppings of choice
  • Enjoy!
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