I’ve been craving lemons lately. Not just any kind of lemon but something lemony and creamy. Every recipe I have thought of this week; every bread, cake, pudding or custard has involved the tasted of lemons.
If I didn’t know any better I would think I was pregnant. But I’m not.. yes I’m sure..whew.
What to make, what to make.
I had left over bread from the loaves I baked up earlier this week so the logical solution involved one of Medicine Man’s favorite breakfast foods; French Toast.
Do you think it was really invented in France or maybe by a French man? Maybe we just call it French toast because it involves eggs, milk and sugar; something the French put in nearly ever perfect sugary concoction they make. Maybe it’s just called French toast in America because our idea of toast is sliced bread cooked under, over or between hot burning coils until it’s well….toasted.
It’s only after we toast our dry bread that we add butter, jams, eggs and perhaps the occasional lather of mayonaisse, tomato and crushed fritos…Don’t ask.
Despite the origin of it’s name..and I send up a big heart felt thanks to whoever invented it, French toast was definitely on the menu for today.
And I knew just what to do with it.
I was in no mood for recipe books or websites. I just wanted to throw something together that would satisfy my lemon cream craving and get some yummy food in the bellies of the boys before cries of “I’m starving to death” started echoing through the house.
I ended up with a wonderful twist on a morning favorite that resulted in thumbs up all around and it’s another mass starvation was avoided once again.
- 8 slices of thick cut bread - a couple of days old or no longer soft to the touch
- 4 eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- ⅛ cup sugar
- 1 tsp lemon extract or fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbs apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tbs cornstarch dissolved with a little water
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries.
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tbs sugar
- 4 Tbs butter slightly softened
- 1 Tsp lemon extract of fresh lemon juice
- Whip butter with mixer until thick and creamy
- Add whipping cream, sugar and lemon and whip until thick and fluffy
- Adjust as desired and set aside.
- Combine all ingredients minus the bread into a flat bottomed baking dish or bowl.
- Set griddle or pan on medium heat.
- Saturate bread in mixture and cook as normal until golden brown and cooked through.
- While toast is cooking, prepare compote.
- Add water and sugar to sauce pan and cook on medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to thicken.
- Add cornstarch a little at a time until compote reaches desired thickness.
- Add blue berries and heat through until compote is thick but falls easily off wooden spoon.