Nighthawks Drunken French Toast
August 05, 2020
Categories: French Toast
"I saw this being made on tv and couldn't wait to try it myself. Delicious but a bit more work than normal french toast. You can use any enriched bread."
- Serving Size: 1 (440 g)
- Calories 909.3
- Total Fat - 50.7 g
- Saturated Fat - 24.4 g
- Cholesterol - 983.9 mg
- Sodium - 1037.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 65 g
- Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
- Sugars - 30.1 g
- Protein - 48.3 g
- Calcium - 675.9 mg
- Iron - 13.6 mg
- Vitamin C - 16.2 mg
- Thiamin - 0.8 mg
Step by Step Method
Mix the mascarpone, honey and cardamom in a bowl with a rubber spatula until well combined; do not overmix. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400
Combine the milk, cream, granulated sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of the pear brandy ( use an extra tablespoon)and the cinnamon and vanilla; whisk to combine. Pour the rice cereal onto a cookie sheet or large plate.
Dip a slice of challah into the egg mixture and let soak for 1 minute, turning to coat evenly. Let the excess drip off, then place the challah onto the bed of rice cereal; turn to coat completely. Repeat with the remaining slices.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When hot, spoon 1 tablespoon of the melted butter onto the skillet and place a slice of coated bread on the butter. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Flip, add another tablespoon of melted butter and cook until golden, another 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining slices.
Transfer the cooked slices to a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes. The center of the French toast should remain somewhat soft inside.
Cut each slice into 1 inch pieces and stack on a serving plate. Drizzle with the remaining pear brandy (1 1/2 teaspoons per portion), dust with confectioners' sugar and top with a scoop of the mascarpone mixture. Serve with maple syrup on the side.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- For the challah bread, look for a loaf that is 1 inch thick for best results.
- If you don't have pear brandy, you can substitute with any other type of brandy.
- Substitute almond milk for the whole milk for a vegan-friendly option. The benefit of this substitution is that it eliminates animal-based products, making the recipe suitable for vegan diets.
- Substitute coconut sugar for the granulated sugar for a healthier option. The benefit of this substitution is that coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar, making the recipe a better choice for those looking to manage their blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon-Sugar French Toast Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Dip a slice of challah into the egg mixture and let soak for 1 minute, turning to coat evenly. Let the excess drip off, then place the challah into the bowl of cinnamon-sugar mixture; turn to coat completely. Repeat with the remaining slices. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When hot, spoon 1 tablespoon of the melted butter onto the skillet and place a slice of coated bread on the butter. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Flip, add another tablespoon of melted butter and cook until golden, another 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining slices. Transfer the cooked slices to a plate and serve with maple syrup on the side.
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Q: What type of bread should I use?
A: You can use any enriched bread, such as challah bread. For this recipe, you will need four slices of challah bread that are 1 inch thick.
Q: How long should I bake the bread?
A: The baking time will depend on the size and thickness of the bread. Generally, you should bake the bread for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Fun Fact 1: The name “Nighthawks” is inspired by the famous painting of the same name by Edward Hopper. The painting depicts four people in a diner late at night, and is considered one of the most iconic works of 20th century American art.
Fun Fact 2: The use of cardamom in this recipe is inspired by traditional French toast recipes from the Middle East, which often use the spice to give the dish a unique flavor. Cardamom is a popular ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes and has a long history of use in the region.