Yesterday we drove to Grand Junction to do some shopping, and on the way out of town we stopped at one of our favorite places to eat sushi- No Coast Sushi. Will wanted dessert, so we ordered the Chai Creme Brûlée. It was delicious. I guess that's what inspired me to try this out.
So I don't make French toast very often, and I'm not sure why. It's pretty much easier than pancakes or waffles, and you get the same sort of carb-soaked bang for your buck.
I really don't have a recipe for French toast, but here's what I think I did...
Chai French Toast
3 slices homemade bread- or something of good quality- not white sandwich bread- mine were huge
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 good pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup chai tea liquid concentrate
3 scant tablespoons unsalted cultured butter (or regular)
a few pinches of kosher salt
maple syrup for the table
First, I cut 3 pretty thick (about an inch) slices of homemade bread. We make our loaves in a round shape, so the slices were pretty huge. I set them aside while I pondered the custard part.
In a medium bowl, I cracked the 3 eggs, added the heavy cream, salt and liquid chai concentrate. I whisked this until it was really foamy.
Then I got out my griddler and preheated it on the griddle setting at 375 degrees. You could also do this in a skillet on the stovetop. I was just lazy and wanted to cook all 3 slices at one time.
I went back to the custard mixture and poured it into a glass pie plate. Then I added 2 of the bread slices so they could begin to soak. I'm guessing I left them in there about 5 minutes. If your bread is thinner, don't let it soak until it falls apart! I flipped them over to the second side and let them sit another couple of minutes.
When the griddle was preheated, I put the first two slices on, then began soaking the third. I didn't put butter or any kind of oil on my griddle, because I just find that it makes it harder to clean afterwards, and things don't stick to it anyway. I use a Cuisinart Griddler, but just do what you normally do when you make pancakes, and you'll be fine!
I let them cook for at least 5 minutes on the first side. I wanted to make sure the inside was cooked through, and not runny. In the past, if I didn't think it was done on the inside, but was getting too dark on the outside, I've finished it in the oven. Luckily, I didn't have to do that this time. I added the third piece to the griddle, and flipped the other two over. I'm guessing the second side cooked about 3 minutes. Really, this part isn't rocket science- pull it off when you think it's done! The third slice was ready a few minutes later.
I slathered the pieces of bread with about a tablespoon of cultured butter each, then gave each a pinch of kosher salt. I served it with maple syrup.
Like I said before, I should make French toast more often. This was really delicious!