Chamomile French Toast

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

4 chamomile tea bags 

1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon honey

1 1/2 cups milk 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

8 large eggs 

Kosher salt

8 thick (1-inch) slices brioche 

4 tablespoons butter 

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

2 cups fresh berries (any in season) 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a small pot, combine the heavy cream and tea bags. Bring to a simmer, then take off the heat immediately. Let sit and cool, then remove the tea bags.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice and 1/3 cup of the honey and whisk. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the chamomile cream, milk, vanilla, eggs, remaining 1 tablespoon honey and a pinch of salt. Whisk until completely combined.
  5. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and let melt. Put 2 slices of bread into the cream mixture and let it soak through. Put the soaked bread in the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet and hold in the oven. Add another tablespoon of butter to the pan, soak 2 more slices of bread in the cream mixture and cook. Repeat with the remaining butter, bread and cream mixture.
  6. Top the French toast with a dollop of mascarpone, some fresh berries and a drizzle of the lemon honey.