Berry-Topped French Toast is my salute to Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do in tribute to one of the most romantic days of the year. I finally decided that breakfast in bed is pretty darned romantic. It is such a sweet thing to do for that special someone and it’s a great way to start off Valentine’s Day. I realize that Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year and as a result, it may be difficult to do too much before you head out to work. This is why I chose the recipe for Berry-Topped French Toast as it is super easy and fast to whip up when time is limited. A little prep time the evening before will help immensely in ensuring that it will be ready to eat in enough time for you and your sweetie to enjoy it and still make it to work! I would recommend making the mixed berry sauce the evening prior to Valentine’s Day as it does require a little preparation and cooking time to get it to the perfect consistency. Then all you will have to do the morning of Valentine’s Day is reheat it in a small saucepan. This can be done while you are cooking the French toast. As I am sure you already know, French toast is easy to make and cooks quickly. I think it is safe to say that actual eating time will also be minimal because you will want to gobble these up being that they are so tasty! Your honey will think you’re the best when you walk into the bedroom armed with a tray full of amazing Berry-Topped French Toast.
The next thing to consider is what type of bread to buy that will best compliment this recipe. Brioche is really the gold standard of bread to use in this dish. It’s sweetness and firmness takes French toast to a whole new level of wonderfulness. The recipe I am showcasing here, in this post, does not use brioche as I have yet to find a bakery in my neighborhood that sells it. A travesty for sure, and one that will inspire me at some point to try making homemade brioche. If I am successful, I will be sure to pass the recipe on to you! So, in lieu of having brioche, I like to use French bread that I can cut into thick slices or Texas toast would also work well here. You want to ensure that the bread is substantial enough to withstand the egg bath you will be putting it in. It is even better if the bread you decide to use is a few days old. Stale bread isn’t as squishy as a new loaf would be and thus, it will be able to hold up under the weight of the egg mixture. Give this recipe a try this Valentines’s day. Your special someone will be so impressed with breakfast in bed and the Berry-Topped French Toast!
- 8 Slices French Bread
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Milk Preferably whole or half and half
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 3 Cups Frozen Mixed Berries
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
In a medium, shallow bowl add in eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk together til combined. Heat the butter in a large skillet. Dip each piece of bread, one at a time, into the egg mixture and add to skillet. You will have to make the French bread in 2 batches as they won't all fit into the skillet unless you have a griddle. Keep the first 4 pieces warm in the oven. Cook the bread approximately 5 minutes until it is lightly browned, then flip each piece over and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes. Top with the berry mix and syrup if you so desire. A sprinkle of powdered sugar also would be nice on top of the French Toast.
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened.
This is the mixed berry sauce just as it is coming to a boil
This picture shows it after it has been simmering. You can see how much thicker it is now than the previous picture