Thursday, July 26, 2012

Breakfast of Champions: Baked peanut butter and berry french toast

Breakfast of Champions: Baked peanut butter and berry french toast

French toast is a great way to turn stale bread into something extraordinary; and making baked french toast gets the work done the night before and you away from the stove. Baked french toast is a great brunch idea and is also a healthy and filling breakfast to have throughout the week.

For this recipe I started with a foundation of whole grain bread and bumped up the eggs from traditional recipes. More eggs means more protein and will keep you going until lunch. Try to find eggs from your farmers market so that you're getting eggs from happy hens and that are more nutritionally dense.

For this recipe, I cubed the bread; I like having it this way so that it makes it easier to select the portion you need. If this is a part of a brunch menu, you probably want smaller pieces. But if this is the main dish for breakfast, you're going to want a bigger piece.

Allergic to peanuts? Try almond butter instead. Allergic to almond too? Poor thing: try soy nut butter.

Baked peanut butter and berry french toast
Serves four; easily doubled - use 13x9 pan
  • 4 slices of your favorite whole grain bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk or plant based milk (soy, coconut)
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated peanut butter
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (thawed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray square pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Cube bread and place into prepared pan
  3. Using a whisk, mix together eggs, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. It doesn't have to be smooth, I like having small chunks of peanut butter.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes. Top with berries (stopping here you can pop this in the fridge instead and bake in the morning)
  5. Pop into the oven and bake until egg custard is set; about 40 minutes. When is it done? The french toast will pull away from the pan a bit, the top will be browned and the whole thing will puff up a bit. Also, a knife stuck into the center will be pretty clean
Get your ingredients together!

Cubed whole grain bread

Peanut butter batter to soak the bread cubes
Berries on top!

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I like the pan below because it comes with a cover; this makes it easier to take this dish for an office party or brunch as your friends house! And if you don't have a whisk, it is a great kitchen tool!

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