Friday, 13 April 2012

Chocolate Orange French Toast: A breakfast breakthrough.

Morning Sunshine.....I've said it before and I'm sure I will again (I tend to do that, just ask the boyf, he gets inFURiated and all rolley eyed at my apparent inextensive and finite supply of stories), but French Toast is not reeeaally my thing.

It makes no sense I know, I love bread, I love eggs, I loveloveLOVE breakfast, but French Toast (read: fancy eggy bread) just never seems to hit the same joy receptive spot that my beloved pancakes do.

Yet in my constant bid to extent my morning repertoire I try and try again to make a version that doesn't leave me lamenting over a passed up pancake opportunity. But llllllllooooooooook. Joy of joys. I did it. This French Toast is IT. It's the ONE. No room for pancakes in this kitchen this morning, too much bready eggy goodness to fit in.

But that's the thing really, it's not bready or eggy, and therefore not eggy bready, which is, confusingly, what I usually don't enjoy about French Toast. I guess though, really, how could anything that's stuffed with chocolate, fried in butter and dipped in sugar not convince you of it's place in your day. I'm not saying it's a health food...but it's Saturday tomorrow and I'm pretty sure you deserve a go on...With Love and Cake.

Chocolate Orange French Toast.
I invented this one myself...what a bloomin' geeenius I am.

A few notes:

  • Of course you could leave out the chocolate middle and just do all the rest with a thicker slab of bread, then you'd have Morning Marmalade French Toast. YeeeY to illiteration.
  • If you don't want so much of a sugar hit that is provided by the final dredging, just leave that step out.
Serves 1 piggyporker
You will need

2 thin slices of white bread- stale is good here
1 tbsp-ish Nutella
zest and juice 1 orange
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp icing sugar
1-2 tbsps caster sugar
1 tbsp butter + 1 drop of vegetable or sunflower oil

  • So first job is to make a Nutella sandwich.
  • Then make a bath for it by mixing together the orange zest, egg and milk in a shallow bowl or plate.
  • Dunk your sandwich in the eggy bath and leave to soak for a few minutes each side.
  • While that's happening mix the orange juice and icing sugar in a little saucepan and heat so the icing sugar dissolves and the juice becomes a little bit syrupy.
  • When the syrup is ready, pop it in a shallow dish like the one the eggy mix is in, and put the caster sugar in a separate bowly plate.
  • Now melt the butter in a frying pan with the oil until it's foaming and pop your eggy sandwich in the pan too.
  • Fry each side until golden brown, it wont take long.
  • From the pan, dunk the golden buttery sandwich in the syrup so both sides get covered and the do the same in the sugary bowl so everything gets a good dredge.
  • Eat, lie back, and don't do anything for a whiiiile...ooor run around in circles like a little dog that's eaten a packet of sugar lumps. Either's a good way to start the day.


  1. You're mental.

    Heart attack on a plate helloooooo, can't wait!


    ... Mum says she can't manage the chocolate, so we'll do without (she will do without ha).

  2. Can't really imagine that it's her cup of tea, but you would LOOOVE...tell Mutus to check out Nigella Express for a more grown up marmalade version.