Saturday, January 19, 2008

unbelievable breakfast

as part of a weekend of "oh boy nothing to do/roommates out of the house, therefore let's cook all weekend", we made the most incredible breakfast today...

orange spice french toast, from this random site:
6 slices thickly cut Italian or homemade white bread

1 cup half & half or light cream
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier or orange liqueur equivalent
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest (we used clementine, just to mix it up)
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients, except bread, and whisk thoroughly. Soak each piece of bread in the egg mixture. Grill on medium to medium-hot griddle until cooked through and golden brown. Serve with oodles of real maple syrup and a dollop of orange marmalade.

grand marnier is STUPIDLY expensive...we went for orange cointreau, which looks cooler and is very slightly cheaper, but it's still $20 a bottle. i'd recommend not using real maple syrup, as the flavor is just too strong for my tastes...i prefer a little butter, a little marmalade, and non-oodles of fake maple syrup. but that's just me.

super easy to make, and absolutely incredible. i'd recommend it with bacon or veggie links and eggs (we added a little oregano to the eggs, too).


Oliver said...

"stupidly expensive"...just think about it: did you find another drink with same taste and power in flavors like Grand Marnier?

you pay the quality of it and of its cognac

whereas basic triple sec - like Cointreau - don't have cognac (that's why they have no color and light taste)

don't forget one thing: if you want a good result (food or cocktails) you have to use good products.


frescasaurus said...

you make a good point. :) and, obviously, you know much more about liquor than i do. so, thanks for the insightful info!

i guess i should clarify, for those who don't know me: i don't drink, so, being a grad student who just spent $360 unexpectedly on my car the day before, it seemed a bit "stupid" to buy a $30 bottle of liquor to use two tablespoons of it and never touch it again. ;) but you're right, to really do it right, it's likely worth going the extra mile.

for those on a budget, though, and with uncultured tastes in liquor like mine (or for those who don't particularly LIKE the taste of most alcohol in me...), the cointreau worked!