Best French Toast Recipe with Hazelnut Coffee Cream
Nothing says love like being brought breakfast in bed.
Once you have kids, nothing says love like being brought a cup of hot, strong coffee in bed.
When I had my first baby and the full horror of a sleep deprivation I had never known nor imagined set in, my husband started making me a coffee first thing in the morning. No matter what had happened the night before, the coffee was like a fresh start for the new day. A full stop to the night’s horrors. A good reason not to complain about tiredness because our mouths were occupied with the sweet nectar of the coffee bean. That caffeine would eventually slide through the blood and provide an optimistic 45 minutes of energy and activity for the day.
Valentines Day is a good excuse as any to celebrate all the amazing things your loved one means to you. Di Bella Coffee were kind enough to send me a packet of their Ali Reserve Coffee Beans so I thought I would bring all the goodness together and make a breakfast dish using coffee.
The best French Toast recipe, with Hazelnut Coffee Cream; an ode to the glue that held our lives together for so many years.
Just secretly, this recipe is also dedicated to my gorgeous husband who brought me that coffee in bed for so many years (we now share the task) and who’s favourite flavour is hazelnut. 😉
French Toast with Hazelnut Coffee Cream
100ml of cream
100ml of milk
1 tbsp icing sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon and a drop of vanilla essence
2 slices white bread
250 ml cream
1 shot of good, strong coffee, cooled
2 tbsp icing sugar
1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts or hazelnut meal
Fresh fruit and maple syrup to serve
Gently whisk the eggs in a bowl together with the cream, milk and icing sugar. Add the cinnamon and vanilla. Soak the bread slices in the mixture.
Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the soaked bread for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and crisp. Remove the fried bread from the pan and drain on paper towel.
Beat the cream to soft peaks, then add in the icing sugar and whisk to form medium peaks. Add a tablespoon of the coffee to a seperate bowl and fold through the cream gently. Add more coffee until you are happy with the flavour but be careful not to let it curdle. Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts or gently stir through the hazelnut meal.
Serve with a fresh fruit salad and drizzled with maple syrup.
This is a very simple recipe, so it should not take you too long to whip up. If you are feeling very decadent forget the fruit salad and add some caramelised banana. You will love it!
Will you be celebrating St Valentines Day tomorrow? If you are not, make this recipe anyway and just eat it all on your own. Boom!
Whatever you do, go well. Dani xx
Dani B is a food blogger from Melbourne. Every Friday she posts a simple, tasty recipe that you can try at home. She also writes about great local cafes and restaurants and her favourite markets, cooking schools and places to visit. You can follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
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