February 18, 2011

Apple-Rosemary French Toast and Honey Butter Sauce


Apple-Rosemary French Toast and Honey Butter Sauce

I wake up hungry. Sometimes I even wake up in the night with some quick inkling of something nice in the kitchen waiting to be made breakfast, at which point I'm able to settle back into peaceful dreams knowing that come morning, the path to The Most Important Meal of The Day will be swift. And, sometimes, I start dreaming about a special breakfast even sooner than that.

Goodness Awaits

Sara Kate over at The Kitchn had recently posted a recipe for Rosemary Apple Turnovers with Honey, an intriguing flavor combination. You may have read about our Seduction Dinner marking Valentine's Day, and the great loaf of bread that supported our cheese plate. Simple called Rosemary Loaf, this Trader Joe's find gave me a new inspiration. Crusty and chewy, flecked with just enough fresh rosemary for a gentle flavor and big holes for soaking up an egg custard, this bread was destined for more greatness. So, here's what I did:

Can you tell which eggs were purchased from neighbors and which came from the grocery store?

Apple Rosemary French Toast with Honey Butter Sauce
6 thick slices Trader Joe's Rosemary Loaf (If you can't find this, just add two pinches of finely chopped fresh rosemary to your cooking apple compote and the same flavor profile will result.)
3 Fuji or Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/3" pieces
3 eggs
3 tablespoons cream
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons honey

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add chopped apple and two tablespoons honey. Saute for several minutes, stirring frequently. Place a lid on the saucepan and lower heat to medium-low. stir frequently for several minutes, until apples have softened and have given up some of their juices to the pan. When apples are quite soft and tender, use a slotted spoon to remove them to a bowl, leaving their sweet juices behind. Over medium-high heat, reduce the juice/butter/honey in about half, until quite syrupy and thickened. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in remaining tablespoon honey and two tablespoons butter. The sauce should be quite syrupy and rich.

Whisk eggs and cream in large mixing bowl. Melt one tablespoon butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. In two batches, soak bread slices briefly in egg mixture and place in skillet until golden brown on each side and just beginning to puff in the center.

Remove French toast to plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Spoon apples down center of toast and drizzle honey-butter sauce over top. Serve immediately. A mug of hot coffee and a sparkling Mimosa completes the dream.

The Stuff of Dreams

19 comments:

  1. Wow, those sound incredible, Pam. I love rosemary and with the other flavors. Beautiful!

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  2. This sounds like such an interesting flavor combo! I love breakfast so this is a definite try for me!

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  3. delicious sauce with this healthy toast

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  4. What interesting flavors! Excellent!!

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  5. I'd love to wake up to that... beautiful breakfast!

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  6. I too am a big breakfast eater...when I remember. But thankfully the kids will say to me, "mommy sit with us to eat" (because I am usually doing dishes from the night before) so it helps me to remember to whip something up and take advantage of my babies wanting me to dine with them.

    I love mixing herbs that are thought of as only savory with sweet things. I really need to try this. I think the kids would like it too. We love rosemary around here. Hugs!!

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  7. Not surprising that I'm particularly attracted to things with rosemary in them! Looks like one great breakfast! And I love the honey sauce, too. Farm fresh eggs are the best . . . I only buy from a store when I need/want to hard-cook the eggs.

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  8. I feel like I'm dreaming, about the most amazing French toast, apple compote, and to top it off, a mimosa! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

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  9. This looks so simple and delicious!

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  10. This looks fantastic! I think I'll wake up after dreaming about it, ready for breakfast in the morning :)

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  11. I don't always like TJ's bakery products, but this one sounds like a possibility. I'll have to look for it. Anything rosemary is worth trying. and the toast sounds wonderful.

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  12. Oh, how freakin' wonderful is this dish. I'm not a fan of plain old French toast with syrup, but to mix it up this way and turn it into such a gourmet event. Yep, I'm all over this one. Many thanks.

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  13. what an interesting flavor combination. Never thought of putting them with french toast. I may have to try that.

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  14. Yes- I can totally tell which egg came from the store! While I'm not crazy about the midwest- I do appreciate the small farmers that surround my city! Every time I crack open a dark orange yolk I thank my lucky stars! The toast recipe looks absolutely lovely, and one I will have to show to my girls who now love to make 'special breakfast' on Saturdays!

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  15. Pam, as always: LOVE IT. This looks like the best french toast ever. I am a sucker for all things rosemary (which is obvious) but paired with apples and french toast...amazing.

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  16. I just used rosemary in cheese straws yesterday and it reminded me of how much a I love it. With apples, definitely a hit!

    Jason

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  17. I love the idea of rosemary !!! this must be delicious

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