Today is a quick post dedicated to breakfast. Simple, gratifying, and fun breakfast. It’s the first thing you put in your body each day, so it should be something your body can use. I had a very busy month of April entertaining friends in home for my birthday over the weekends. It usually takes me all afternoon to prepare the feast, so I need something to fuel myself so I can come up with all those brilliant, life-changing ideas I have for my guests.
I usually try to have a healthy breakfast with grains, milk, and fruit. But since April is my birth-month, I decided I deserved to allow myself to have a fun, sweet breakfast for a change. I had a loaf of brioche in the freezer from my favorite local bakery, and I decided to incorporate one my favorite ingredients: chocolate. My husband generally doesn’t relish the thought of having something overly sweet, especially in the mornings, but he wasn’t opposed to my idea this time!
There few words I can use to do this chocolate brioche French toast the justice they deserve, but here are a few for starters; sweet with savory, warm, crispy, creamy. Each section was lovingly enjoyed, with the melted chocolate slowly oozing down the perfectly toasted brioche. They looked good, tasted great, and were really not much harder than making a regular French toast. I strongly urge you to try them. They might even convert you a chocolate toast aficionado. I look forward to more mornings like this.
4 slices brioche bread, thick cut, fresh or slightly stale
2 oz dark chocolate baking wafers or from a thin bar
2 large eggs
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Salt to taste
2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Cut each slice of brioche into 4 triangles by slicing diagonally.
If you are using a thin dark chocolate bar, break it into 8 pieces, roughly the same triangle size and shape as the bread pieces. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until well combined. Add the milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt to taste and whisk until combined.
Put the bread pieces in the bowl and press down gently to make sure they are all soaked well.
In a medium non-stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp of the butter over medium heat until melted and sizzling. Add half of the bread pieces in one layer, leaving little space between each.
Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until nicely browned. Turn each piece over with a spatula and repeat on the other side. While the second side is cooking, place some chocolate wafers in one layer covering the surface on half the bread pieces, and top each with another piece of bread (save the best-looking pieces for the tops).
Carefully transfer the bread pieces to a plate lined with paper towels.
Melt the remaining 1 tbsp butter and cook the remaining bread, and fill it with the remaining chocolate. When all the sandwiches are made, arrange on individual plates, generously sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and serve.