Razzle Dazzle French Toast

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
4 sandwiches
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 12 slices pepper bacon
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 hand-cut 1/2-inch slices from a thick and wide Cuban loaf, preferrably hardened overnight
  • Mascarpone Cream, for filling, recipe follows
  • 3 half pints raspberries
  • Maple syrup, for dunking
  • Mascarpone Cream:
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons malt powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the bacon on a wire rack fitted over a baking sheet. Bake until nice and crispy, 12 to 15 minutes.

Mix the milk, brown sugar, salt, egg yolks and vanilla bean seeds in a baking dish to make the batter.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet to medium. Dunk each side of the bread into the batter for a few seconds a side. Fry 2 slices of the battered bread until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Repeat the process, wiping the skillet clean between each fry, until you have perfectly golden brown and delicious French toast. (You can hold the French toast in a 200 degree oven on a wire rack set in a baking tray to keep warm if need be.)

When the French toast is done, schmear each piece with some Mascarpone Cream. Then top with a pile of raspberries and 3 slices bacon. Close, cut in half and serve with maple syrup for dunking.

Mascarpone Cream:

Mix together the mascarpone, malt powder, maple syrup, salt and vanilla bean seeds in a bowl, and then set aside until ready to use.


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