Friday, July 10, 2009

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Buttermilk Syrup

This French Toast recipe is from Williams-Sonoma and it's always been my favorite. It calls for a baguette, but I had a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread to use and it was delicious! The buttermilk syrup is a new recipe that a friend introduced me to and now no other syrup is good enough- it's the best EVER.

French Toast


1 day-old baguette, cut diagonally into slices
3/4 inch thick (or a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread)

6 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups half-and-half (or you can substitute milk)

1 Tbs. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar

Unsalted butter for cooking

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Blackberries or other berries for garnishing

Buttermilk syrup for serving


In a shallow baking dish, arrange the bread slices in a single layer. In a bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar and whisk until blended. Pour the mixture over the bread, then turn the slices over and let the bread absorb the remaining liquid.

Preheat a griddle according to the manufacturer's instructions and coat generously with butter. When the griddle is hot, cook the bread in batches (do not overcrowd) until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Transfer the French toast to a warmed platter, dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with berries. Serve immediately with buttermilk syrup alongside. Serves 4.

Buttermilk Syrup

1 stick butter
1/2 c. buttermilk
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add buttermilk and sugar; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Serve warm, and restrain yourself from drinking the entire pan. You WILL want to.


Jenn said...

Not enough people know about buttermilk syrup. It's heavenly. Have you tried it with coconut extract? Equally as yummy with a twist.

Maren said...

I haven't tried coconut extract, but I definitely will. Thanks for the tip!