This is another recipe J and I learned to make while at the amazing Langlois Culinary Crossroads. It is perfect for a new year’s day breakfast or brunch. While it looks complicated, it’s actually pretty easy. The hardest part os stuffing the brioche!
Langlois Stuffed French toast
Bread and filling ingredients:
Cut the Brioche into about 6 2 by 2 rectangular pieces. Using a skewer precut the hole for the filling. You will have to turn it around to make a hole larger than the skewer. This is where slightly stale bread comes in handy.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and juice together on medium speed until well blended.
Put the filling into a ziptop bag. Cut off the corner. Pipe into the skewer holes.
If this doesn't work, you can make a sandwich by making a pocket (think pita pocket), just make sure to only cut through one side of the bread or it will be more difficult to brown. Set this aside.
In another medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Dip each piece of stuffed bread into the custard and turn once to completely coat. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes (overnight is better!) but no longer than 24 hours.
When you're ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet melt the butter over medium to medium-high temperature.
Brown each piece of stuffed bread on all sides. Do not move it around. Do not check and see if it's browning.
Let it sit longer than you think it needs to. About 5 minutes per side.
Place the browned pieces into a casserole dish and cook in the oven for about 10 minutes. Garnish as you please and serve.
Sometimes we cover this in powdered sugar, other times maple syrup. It’s just as good alone though. We’ve served this to friends and family and everyone has raved about it each time.
As promised, now that Thanksgiving is over and we have had a chance to do a post-mortem on what worked and what didn’t, I’ll be sharing the recipes that made the cut. First, is this delicious take on sweet potato casserole.
C found this recipe on the Fabulousfoodshow.com and has perfected it in the last year. We kept it warm in a crock pot while other dishes took up precious oven and burner space.
Tyler Florence's Roasted Sweet Potato Banana Puree
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and put them on a roasting pan.
On another roasting pan prick bananas and lay out in a single layer.
Roast sweet potatoes for 45 minutes until very soft and roast bananas for 25 minutes. (If you are in a huge hurry, you can boil the sweet potatoes, but do not try boiling the bananas!)
Remove both pans from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
In a small sauce pot heat cream with bay leaf until reduced by half, then keep warm until ready to puree potatoes and bananas.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh into the bowl of a food processor (A blender will work, but only if the potatoes are cool).
Add peeled bananas. Season with salt, add butter, cream (make sure you took the bay leaves out!), cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and puree until smooth (or if you like it a little chunky, a little chunky).
Pour into an oven-proof dish.
Make the topping by combining flour, cold butter and brown sugar in the food processor and pulse until you have the texture of coarse bread crumbs.
Sprinkle on top of the puree and place under the broiler until golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes.
I really love this dish. This year we actually forgot the topping and it was still just as wonderful! You can make it a couple of days (no more than 2!) ahead of your holiday meal and keep it refrigerated. Then reheat in a crock pot like we did or in the oven. If you are keeping it in the crock pot, sprinkle each serving with the topping and use a brûlée torch to make it golden brown and crispy.