His magical words fought through the fog of my groggy travel brain, “I found a place for brunch, they are famous for something called Crunchy French Toast, you should probably get up…”
It was the last morning of our huge adventure holiday and at the end of that day was a 14-hour flight home, followed by a return to real life, a hard look at what I wanted to do with myself, and a taco/ice cream/pie belly to shed if my jeans were to ever fit again.
Brunch sounded like the perfect distraction.
Our overweight bags were once more puzzle-packed into the rental car and we headed out for a day of exploring in LA. Blu Jam Cafe on Melrose was the first stop, and it was all the internet promised it would be.
We ordered far too much food and stayed far too long – but when you have nowhere to be you may as well chat to the owner, and sip on one more cup of tea, and nibble on another bite of food, and do a bit more eavesdropping on the humble-bragging actor at the next table.
Never heard of a humble brag? In the case of said celeb to her struggling-non-famous-film-maker friends it went something like this … “Oh you don’t want to be invited to all these things anyway, it’s exhausting getting all dressed up and partying all night long, I have a huge hangover, ugh, such a tough life.”
Oh LA you are so… well, so LA.
I really should do a proper post about the cafe and the rest of our feast, and I may get to it some day, but for now a big serving of sweet egg-y brioche, velvety and almost custard-like, inside a crisp and crunchy coating.
As soon as we choose ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ for this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop theme I knew this was the perfect opportunity to finally share this recipe – although I do wish I had time to make and photograph it again… the bread should have been a bit lighter, it rose a bit too much and fell and the shape is all wrong, the photos just aren’t right, the final product looks more like chicken cutlets than french toast.
But sometimes you have to go with what you have, and although not perfectly picturesque it is perfectly delectable. And so worth getting out of bed for.
Crunchy French Toast
Sweet egg-y brioche, velvety and almost custard-like, inside a crisp and crunchy coating. Perfect for brunch with fresh fruit, or even dessert topped with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Yeah, that.
- 4 thick slices fresh brioche or challah, halved
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 c coconut milk or cream
- 1/4 tsp each cinnamon & ginger
- pinch sea salt
- 1 1/2 c corn flakes, crushed
- oil plus oil spray, for pan
- Vegan Vanilla Creme Anglaise or Vegan Vanilla Sauce [recipe later this week], fresh fruit
Whisk eggs with coconut milk, spices and salt. Preheat a large skillet or flat griddle to medium, drizzle about a tsp of oil and swirl around pan.
Soak bread in egg mixture and dredge both sides in crushed corn flakes. Arrange in a single layer in the hot pan and press down gently.
Cook 2 mins until crisp and brown. Spray uncooked side with a bit of oil, flip and cook a further 2 mins. Repeat with additional slices if necessary.
Serve warm with fresh fruit, vanilla sauce and real maple syrup if you wish.
- Crush corn flakes by placing them in a plastic bag and rolling over with pint glass or rolling pin.
- I used this bread, and made it without the blueberry filling.
dairy free // vegetarian // sugar free // gluten free [if using GF bread]
This post is part of the June Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Out of the Frying Pan – hosted by Capers of the Kitchen Crusader.
Make sure to check out all the other frozen creations that have been linked-up below!