French Toast with creamy filling
I went with my friend to this place called Rice in Manhattan for breakfast, and we ordered a really good french toast dish. Their french toast isn't like the regular french toast - it's much thicker, and when I bite into it there's a soft creamy filling. I have no clue what the filling is - maybe cream cheese/banana cream/some other slightly sweet soft warm stuff.
Anyways, does anyone know how to do french toast like that? I'd really like to try to make that.
Make a vanilla pastry cream. Chill it. Use a sharp knive to make a pocket on one the side of bread slice and pipe it in. Gently pat it so it is somewhat flat. Day old bread works the best.
For the batter: whisk eggs with a pinch of salt, a little sugar, milk or cream, large pinch of optional cinnamon or nutmeg. Soak the filled slices of bread in the mixture just long enough to absorb some of the liquid. Don't let it become too soggy, otherwise, the bread will fall apart.
Saute both sides in a little flavorless oil or butter.
I make this whenever I am home on a weekend(I'm usually working).
If I don't have any brioche loaves in the freezer I'll buy that texas toast loaf bread & make french toast with that. That thick cut is what I like. I'll make the basic french toast and then let it cool a bit. I'll cut through the middle side of the bread with a paring knife & then with a piping bag filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese I'll squeeze it in the middle.
I make this caramel mascarpone that is killer with some banana french toast and some sauteed bananas & a dusting of powdered sugar. Or nix the bananas & just top it with some sauteed apples.
If you live somewhere with a lot of Asian bakeries, ask if any of them have whole loaves of bread. Then you can cut slices as thick as you want. Some Asian bakeries in LA even have loaves cut in thicker slices because I guess some customers just like it like that.
The toast at these places usually uses a lot more eggs and butter than regular white toast, making it more like challah and better for French toast.
I have stuffed mine with frangipane flavored with a little rum- oh my, so good with sauteed bananas.