When it comes to breakfast I am usually the savory, and quick kind of person. I´ll mostly go for some avo toast with scrambled eggs or if I want something sweet for a yoghurt-chia pudding bowl with fresh fruit. Both of these come together in like 3 minutes and are really good. But on the weekends when I am not in a hurry I like to make something a little more time consuming. Sometimes I´ll go for something like eggs benedict or a beautiful fruit platter and eggs, pancaked or whatever I feel like.
Last week though, we had this really nice, fluffy bread that was so good!! But I simply didn´t feel like having something savory so I decided to try making a french toast. I hadn´t made French toast often before that and I have actually never eaten until a little over a year when I visited the US for the first time. We used to get it in the cafeteria a few times a week and it was soo good! I remembered this French toast instantly when I saw this bread so I immediately decided to make it.
The secret to making the best French Toast is thick bread slices, like 3cm, and a good amount of butter or coconut oil for frying. This makes it really crispy on the outside but really delicious and gooey on the inside, which equals the perfect French toast. The perfect bread to use is Brioche bread, but latterly ever bread works fine. If you are using a rather sweet bread like brioche, you do not have to make the dipping as sweet, but if you go for a dark on, you should make it a little sweeter. I have made both, with a brioche one and with one that actually was a potato-sourdough one, and they both turned out insanely delicious and addicting!
It actually is super simple to make and only asks for ingredients most people have on hand, which makes it a perfect Sunday morning breakfast when all the stores are closed anyway. For the dipping I used whole eggs because I think that they simply taste better than just the egg whites, almond milk, but you can use any dairy or dairy-free milk you like, some honey and a ton of cinnamon – because you can never have too much cinnamon.
The toppings are the best part of every meal I think – also here. The whipped honey Ricotta is so insanely tasty and has such an addiction effect, it is soooo good! It has the perfect sweetness, the sweetness that already is in the rich Ricotta, and then that super good honey flavor. Mixed together and whipped fluffy, just good. Let me tell you, you won´t ever eat French toast without that again. It is not as fatty as butter or cream but it definitely beats it in flavor. Such a great variation to the good old piece of butter on top.
The fresh figs perfectly round up the entire dish. They add a freshness and a bite, while not giving a contrast that is too harsh. I like using figs as they are seasonal and grown local at this time of the year but if you prefer berries, bananas or any other fruit that would work perfectly fine too. If you feel like getting extra fancy, you can even caramelize your fruits a little if you heat up some coconut oil or butter in a pan, add some sugar and then the fruit. This gives it an extra dish but I do not like it to be too sweet, so I leave out this step. The toast still tastes amazing. The crispy on the outside soggy on the inside toast, the creamy, tangy whipped Ricotta, the fresh fruits, and then that drizzle of honey on top. What do you want more?
French Toast with Whipped Ricotta and Figs
Perfect Sunday Brunch Meal for a sweet tooth.
What you will need
For the toast:
- 160 G Brioche Bread or any other bread you like
- 200 ml Almond Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 tsp Honey can substitute for Maple if you prefer
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil maybe more depending on your pan
For the Whipped Ricotta:
- 160 g Ricotta
- 1 tbsp Honey
For the toppings:
- 3-4 figs
- some honey
Thats how it works:
Add the milk, the eggs, the cinnamon, honey, and salt in a big bowl and mix until all combined. Meanwhile heat up the coocnut oil in a pan. Once hot, dip the bread slices into the milk mixture so that both sides are covered with it.
Place the dipped bread into the pan and fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. If you feel like they are sticking to the pan simply add more oil.
While the toast are frying add the Ricotta and the honey into a bowl. EIther with a hand mixer or simply with an egg whisk, whip it up until its all creamy and fluffy.
Cut the figs in half or quaters.
Take the bread out of the pan once it is finished. Top it with the Ricotta, the figs ad an extra drizzle of Honey.