Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Berries

August 23, 2009

I was so excited to wake up this morning purely for the following reason:

Brioche French Toast with mascarpone and berries.

Do I hear angels singing? Did the clouds part and the heavens open?
You might remember that I ate this amazing dish on the way home from Chicago a couple of weeks ago. It was glorious and I could not help myself but to try to recreate it. I can happily tell you it was a great big fat success.

Brioche French Toast with mascarpone cheese, strawberries, powdered sugar and maple syrup and a side of Applegate Farms Organic “Sunday” bacon

A.K.A. the best breakfast I have ever made in my life. No joke. AND the first time I have ever made French Toast! Fact!

Brioche French Toast with mascarpone and berries

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (you could use vanilla, nutmeg, or cardamon instead)
  • Butter, as needed
  • 4 slices of bread

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 200F. Put a large griddle or skillet over medium-low heat while you prepare the egg mixture.
  2. Beat the eggs lightly in a broad bowl and stir in the milk, the salt, and the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Add about 1 tablespoon butter to the griddle or skillet. When the butter is melted, dip each slice of bread in turn in the batter, letting it get good and soaked and put it on the griddle.
  4. Cook until nicely browned on each side, turning as necessary, for no more than 10 mins or so total.
  5. Serve immediately, or keep warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes.
  6. Add slices of strawberries (or other fresh fruit), dust with powdered sugar, add a small scoop (about a tablespoon) of mascarpone to each slice of toast and drizzle with maple syrup.
  7. Et voila!

I got the basic recipe for this from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything
and then just added the topping ideas myself. The mascarpone is actually very rich so you only need a little – probably less than I used. Also, you can use virtually any bread, as you probably know but soft thick slices of brioche makes truly decadent French Toast.

The end result was unbelievably luxurious and incredibly sweet, which made the salty bacon a wonderful side note.

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Janetha August 23, 2009 at 8:19 pm

haha, marshall and i call each other honey bear. love it. tell you sister in oz that i want to pay her a visit! i was going to move there once. then i went to jail instead, not cool. dude, brioche makes the BEST french toast! cant believe it was your first try at french toasting. you are a natural! haha, i cant decide if my highlight was the indian feast or the ice cream.. hmm…

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april August 23, 2009 at 8:20 pm

What an amazing breakfast! I've never had anything like that!

Lets see my favorite food of the weekend.. probably my salmon panini today!

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VeggieGirl August 23, 2009 at 8:20 pm

SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

Best thing I ate this weekend = salad with romaine, dulse (seaweed), avocado, tomatoes, flax oil; eaten along with a baked sweet potato and guacamole.

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Leianna August 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Love your breakfast, and first baby shower. How fun, love those get togethers! Didn't have a favorite food this weekend, ate too much Iowa beef:(

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iowagirleats August 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Brioche French Toast with mascarpone and berries???? You, my friend, are amazing…ughhh delishhhhhh!! Hmmm best thing I ate this weekend was definitely a juicy, perfectly seasoned, grilled new york strip steak on Saturday evening. It.was.amazing…

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Jules August 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Ooh, yum! (I may not be an omni but I can still appreciate good food.) Isn't making decadent, delicious, indulgent breakfasts the best? Today I made vegan french toast for breakfast, and it tasted so good :)

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ohonemorething August 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

OH
WOW!!!

The pizza and the breakfast look amazing! I like using cardamom (like I did in a variation of French toast I did once with crumpets). But for real.. I was like WHERE DID YOU GO?! Then I saw that you recreated it. AWEEESOME! I always grab a restaurants menu if they have it available to give me ideas for things I can make at home.

Let's see.. best thing I ate this weekend could not compare to your breakfast. But I'm going to have to say… cold sweet red bean soup with tapioca pearls.

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Mia {runs and rests} August 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

You totally rocked the FToast! And on your first attempt to boot. Amazing.
Best eat for the weekend would be the broc and olive salad at the party.

http://runsrests.wordpress.com

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Emily August 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm

i wish you had posted that french toast earlier so i THAT could've been the best thing i ate this weekend! it looks ahhhhhhmazing!! and pesto in red sauce? like mix the pesto with the marinara? what a deliciously brilliant idea!!!

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Caroline August 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Whoa, you made that little masterpiece on your first try? I sense a French toast prodigy here…

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runroamrecycle August 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm

dammmmn that french toast looks intense! can't wait to see pictures of the new place – are you guys staying in uptown or going somewhere else? still in minneapolis though, right?! ;)

best thing i ate this weekend was hands down a spinach/swiss/mushroom/tomato omelet. my van went after we finished our last legs in the Ragnar Relay. it. was. amazing. and the first real food i had had in over 24 hours!

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burpandslurp August 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Brioche French Toast with mascarpone cheese, strawberries, powdered sugar and maple syrup and a side of bacon?!!! Girl are you trying to drown me with my own drool? Sounds fabulous! TO DIE FOR! I'm totally hyperventilating here, all I can think abt is that one AMAZING breakfast! Outstanding!

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Thinspired August 24, 2009 at 3:27 am

Your French toast brekkie looks AMAZING. I realize I have been making it wrong and not using enough milk, only a few tablespoons! Oops! No wonder it hasn't been coming out right. Next time I am making THIS recipe!

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Christina @ Mindful Living August 24, 2009 at 5:45 am

nice looking french toast! ive been really meaning to try to make something with marscapone cheese- your idea looks fantastic! best thing i ate all weekend? A vanilla froyo "blizzard" with bananas and reeses peanut butter cups ;)

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mamasweeds August 24, 2009 at 6:36 am

Your french toast looks totally amazing! So much fun stuff you can add to it too to make it fun and different. Almond butter and bananas come to mind… but what DOESN'T bananas and AB make better?

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Abby August 24, 2009 at 6:37 am

The pizza made me swoon–Pesto pizza is my FAVORITE thing ever and I'm basically a cult follower of anything mushroom. To be honest, I kind of zoned out on the rest of the post, as I was hooked on that masterpiece…

Kidding. Kick-butt French Toast. I love Target. Best weekend meal? Pesto Tortellini.

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brandi August 24, 2009 at 7:54 am

that french toast looks and sounds amazing!!!

my french toast Saturday morning was pretty good, too :) BUT I loved the frozen yogurt I finally got to eat!

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healthyfitmama August 24, 2009 at 8:11 am

That's some pretty amazing looking french toast! Especially for your first time making it!!

The best thing I ate this weekend was the dinner my dad made for us last night – grilled salmon with corn/tomato/avocoado relish. Mmmm!

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K from ksgoodeats August 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

Pesto is besto :) That French toast looks DIVINE!

Baby showers kill me! I enjoy the party and giving gifts but the games are just ridiculous.

I need to try your salsa recipe – you know how much I love corn and black bean salsa!!

Hope you have a great Monday!

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Holly August 24, 2009 at 9:10 am

ummm i looked at the french toast and stopped reading right there to come and comment. stellar. that looks amazing.

haha on the baby shower – hope you enjoyed your first one :). woowoo on the salad and weekend fun…hope you are getting all your moving stuff in line me lady.

talk to you tonight. lots of monday love to ya :)

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Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

Girl, that photo of your french toast should be in bon appetit magazine! Seriously!

And I love your salad combo too. Looks amazing!!!

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mponz August 24, 2009 at 10:05 am

wow !!!! Your french toast looks like HEAVEN!!!!! I definitely want to try that out. The best thing I had all weekend had to be Black Bean Burgers.

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platipus329 August 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

I think you win the breakfast challenge this week with that. Mad props.

The best thing I ate? Not hard–chocolate chip banana bread :-D. The loafs almost gone, time to ripen some more bananas!

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insideiamdancing August 24, 2009 at 10:49 am

I think you should get a prize for that breakfast…though getting to eat it sounds pretty rewarding in itself! Looks fab! Mmmmm… Agree that pesto on pizza rocks.

Best thing I ate? Probably the Morrocan salmon salad last night. I am having it again tonight!

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joyofood August 24, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Hi English lass saying hello. I really wanted to say I love your pictures and your header. And the breakfast is amazing.

Taylor.

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Susan August 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

First time ever making French toast?? Well I certainly hope it won't be your last! That meal look downright amazing. Okay, and everything else in this post. You're right, I am jealous ;)

Hmm, best thing I ate this weekend were my morning breakfast cookies. Makes getting up so riculously early a lot easier!

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Erica August 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Your husbands pizza always looks so good- love that pesto sauce. Beautiful job with the breakfas too – what a great treat :) Hmmm favorite thing I ate this weekend….veggie pita pizza or cantaloupe. I'm a simple gal hehe

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the actor's diet August 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm

i am jealous of that french toast too!!!

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runnerskitchen August 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I'm finally caught up on your posts, thank goodness! I've been MIA from the blog world for the last week or so, but now I'm back. Yay!

Love the photo of you and the husband chowing down on frozen custard. I love ice cream so much :-)

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lilveggiepatch August 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Oh my goodness, I just ate dinner but that breakfast looks SO GOOD. I hope I don't have to wait until the weekend to eat French toast!

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