One of the things I love doing most in life?
I eat all the time, and am always on the hunt for new recipes, new restaurants, and new foods that I love. An all time favorite of mine has always been really great rustic French bread. The crustier the better. Last week, I found the KC mecca of deliciously baked bread.
Fervere is a little shop on 17th and Summit (just west of downtown), where they truly pride themselves on authentically baked European style bread. The oven they use is a replica of those made in the 1800s, and they only have to heat it once a week... that's how long it holds it's cooking power!
They carry all varieties and I plan on trying them all someday, but when I popped in with my lovely boss on Friday, she bought my co-worker and I a loaf of the Pain de Campagne. It was absolutely delish. Perfectly fresh and soft on the inside (but not too doughy), and just the right amount of crustiness (but not enough to cut the roof of your mouth when you take a bite... I HATE that.) G and I had it for lunch on Saturday with different variations of spreads and cheeses, and then I purposely saved just enough to make something super special for brunch on Sunday.
Now let me preface the following by saying that I am not normally a fan of such heavy breakfast fare, but I couldn't let that delicious bread go to waste, and I knew we probably would not eat it during the week.
So.... I decided to try out a very promising French toast recipe (perfect as preparation for our upcoming trip!) and it turned out so well that I just had to share it with you! I definitely think one of the most important parts of the recipe is to have a really great crusty, fresh bread, but I'm sure you could make do with whatever you have.
Adapted from the First & Forever Bride and Groom Cookbook*
1/2 cup half & half (SKIM MILK)
1 tablespoon granulated white (BROWN) sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon, plus a pinch of kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4-6 thick slices of crusty bread
1/3 cup (SUGAR FREE) maple syrup
1 tablespoon light rum
(handful of diced strawberries... could also use bananas or blueberries)
powdered sugar for dusting
Remove the skillet from the heat and combine the maple syrup, the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the rum, and a pinch of kosher salt in the pan. Swirl until the butter melts, and then add strawberries. Pour over the French toast, dust with powdered sugar, and serve immediately.
*Note: The recipes in this cookbook are amazing. This is a GREAT wedding gift, but honestly, I'd want it even if I weren't married.
This was my very first time making French toast and I was so pleased with how it turned out, I think I just might officially make it my specialty! Light as a souffle with a hint of rum and warm strawberries... I'm going to have to hold myself back from having it every week!
What do you think? Won't you join us for brunch???