French Toast with Maple Syrup and Toasted Pecans

French Toast with Maple Syrup and Toasted Pecans

Is there anything better than French Toast with sweet butter and pure maple syrup for breakfast?  I don’t think do.  I wanted to share my French Toast recipe with all of you before I head back to Tokyo.  I like my French Toast pretty traditional without too many things piled on top.  If you have good French Toast made with the best ingredients I think simple is best.

French Toast is hands down my favorite breakfast food.  My Mother used to make it for us growing up but I didn’t see many restaurants with French Toast on the menu growing up in Tokyo.  American breakfast food was something we could never find unless it was at Denny’s (which has much better food than the Denny’s here believe me) but that’s not the case anymore.  Lately there have been French Toast and Pancake places popping up all over Tokyo.  You could say there’s an American breakfast boom going on in Japan right now and I like it!

Every time I get a new Japanese food or restaurant magazine there are photos of the latest Pancake or French Toast place with lines of people stretching down street.  Many have one to two hour waits just to get a table.  Okay I have to admit I was one of those people waiting in line the last time I was in Tokyo earlier this year.  Hey that’s how much I love French Toast what can I say?  I hope you enjoy my recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup half-and-half
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
8 (1/2 inch) or 4 (1 inch) slices brioche, challah or Japanese Shokupan bread
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Toasted and chopped Pecans or your nut of choice (optional) recipe below

Directions:

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together half-and-half, eggs, honey, and sea salt.  Pour the mixture into a rectangular cake pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Dip the bread into the mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side or a minute on each side for thicker bread.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick frying pan.  Place 2 slices of bread into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Remove from pan and place on a sheet pan in the oven to keep warm.  Repeat with all slices.  Serve immediately with butter, maple syrup and toasted pecans.

Recipe for Toasted Pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F

Place one cup of Pecans on a baking sheet and toast them until they become aromatic, about 5 minutes.

Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.

French Toast with Maple Syrup and Toasted Pecans
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 (1/2 inch) or 4 (1 inch) slices brioche, challah or Japanese Shokupan bread
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Toasted and chopped Pecans or your nut of choice (optional) recipe below
Instructions
  1. In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together half-and-half, eggs, honey, and sea salt. Pour the mixture into a rectangular cake pan and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dip the bread into the mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side or a minute on each side for thicker bread.
  3. Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick frying pan. Place 2 slices of bread into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on a sheet pan in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with all slices. Serve immediately with butter, maple syrup and toasted pecans.
  4. ______________________
  5. Recipe for Toasted Pecans
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F
  7. Place one cup of Pecans on a baking sheet and toast them until they become aromatic, about 5 minutes.
  8. Watch them carefully so they don't burn.

 

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