Thursday, January 20, 2011

I ♥ Orange French Toast



I read a quote by John Gunther this morning. It said - All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. I so totally agree to this, it is the make or break of my entire day and a lot depends on how the first meal goes. My ideally favorite breakfast would have to be a Sunny Side Up with Toast, and the much needed Coffee. I wanted to try something different and this blog is definitely motivating me to step out of my comfort zone and make some efforts towards pleasing my own palette.

I had seen this recipe on Nigella Lawson's website few days ago, and was very curious about trying out her Orange French Toast, since I have been extremely happy with her Doughnut French Toast recipe. The original recipe calls for Orange Marmalade, but I used a syrup that I made with candied orange peels which I had come across while on a blog-hopping spree. It's completely worth the effort!

Orange French Toast
Adapted from Nigella Lawson's recipe, and the Orangettes from smittenkitchen.com
Serves 2 people

Ingredients:

6 slices of Stale Bread
3 Large Eggs
1/2 a cup (50 ml) Milk
A dash of Vanilla (Optional)
1 inch stick of Cinnamon
2 Cloves
Butter for frying (I used oil)
Juice and Zest of 1 Lemon
1 orange, reserve the peels and juice the orange. You'll need about 3/4th cup of Orange juice.
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Sugar
A pinch of salt
Icing Sugar (For dusting - Optional)
Water for boiling.

Method:

Boil about 3 cups of water. In the mean time, thinly slice the orange peel into juliennes. It is okay to keep the pith attached to the peel. We basically boil these peels in water to get rid of the bitterness of the pith. Also whisk the Eggs, Milk, Salt and Vanilla together, and soak your breads in it. Now boil the peels for 4 minutes in water, drain them, and then reboil them in the water. It is the most time consuming process in this recipe but it really makes a difference. Let the peels boil again for 4 minutes and drain the excess water off.


Once the peels are done, on a medium flame mix the Sugar and Water (1/2 cup each). Once the sugar is dissolved, add the Orange peels to it and let them absorb the syrup for about 2 minutes. Now add the Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, Cloves, Cinnamon. Let the mixture bubble till it reaches a syrupy consistency.


On a medium high frying pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and fry your French Toasts, 2 at a time, about a minute on each side, and experience the euphoric aroma that fills in your kitchen with the aromatic Vanilla and the fresh Orange. Remove from heat and cut into your desired shape, dust with the beautiful snow of Icing Sugar and then drizzle with the Orange Syrup as per your requirement. I definitely heart (♥) it when my day starts with such awesomeness :)



This one definitely stays on my special breakfast list! Let me know how yours come along :)

5 comments:

  1. caramel wings!!! grt title ash... love it`

    am not sure if u know - skye, adam, callum n marion also have got foog blogs out here... knowin tht u r fond of it - may be u wd like to check on them... skye's is called 'wild sugar' - i 4got the rest... try googlin...

    n yup good luck with the new hobby ::hugs::

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  2. Yeah I do follow all those blogs too SB :) It has always been a hobby, just trying to showcase it a little bit :P Thanks love (hugs)

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  3. Briarrose : Thank you, you should try it sometime :)

    Sam: Thanks, Glad you liked it :)

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