I cannot even begin to express how NOT a morning person he is. The one thing that tends to rise the grumpy snorer out of his slumber is the smell of French toast wafting from the kitchen. So this morning I decided to make one of his favourites: French Toast with Spiced Apples.
I play with different fruits, spices, breads and syrups finding out just how flipping yum can it get!
Today I peeled some Pink Lady apples and caramelised them in maple syrup with a generous dose of vanilla bean powder and cinnamon.
Seriously. Is there a better smell that cinnamon, vanilla and caramel?
While the apples were busy doing their thing I mixed eggs, milk, a pinch of salt, some extra cinnamon and dipped the bread.
Brioche is my best for making French toast but experiment! I made French toast with banana bread the other day and it was life-changing.
Once the bread has soaked up enough of the eggy mix on both sides I pop it into a heavy Le Creuset frying pan with a blob of butter that is singing and hissing in the pan. Make sure your heat is not too high. You want a gold and crispy outside but you want to make sure you cook the eggy centre through.
Once golden brown serve straight away topped with the apples, berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. A dollop of Greek yoghurt is one of my favourite additions to this sweet little number.
Nothing beats homemade pizza with a crisp base straight out of a wood burning oven.
Unfortunately, having a pizza oven in the kitchen or back yard is a luxury not all of us enjoy. Making homemade pizzas in a normal oven with a pizza stone works very well if you get the temperature up high enough. If not, using a pizza stone on a BBQ/ braai is your next best and I have personally had excellent results with this.
But here’s an even quicker fix:
If you’re having a craving for some quick crunchy melted cheese goodness, then Pizza Toast is the way forward.
Heat your oven as high as it will go and move your oven rack to the the top shelf of the oven.
Slice your favourite bread, mine being sourdough, and toast the slices. Experiment with it. You could even use bagels, baguette or seed loaf if you’d like to go the low carb, Banting friendly route.
Once toasted, top with Italian crushed tomatoes. I add the crushed tomatoes to a small saucepan in which i’d sautéed some fresh garlic and a shallot. Heat the sauce and season with salt, pepper.
Onto the tomato base add some mozzarella, bocconcini or your favourite cheese, spices and toppings.
Pop in the oven until they the cheese is bubbling, browning and smelling glorious.
Top with basil, rocket, avocado or whatever your tummy is telling you and eat immediately!