As a chef, David Burke often gets asked the same question over and over: “What do you eat at home?”
His answer is nowhere near as as fancy as you’d expect coming from someone who owns restaurants like David Burke Kitchen and Tavern62. “Dinner often times is here and it’s cereal,” he says in a new video for the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN).
But dessert is a whole different story. On a tour of his art-filled New Jersey apartment, Burke reveals the contents of his fridge like an $800 (!) piece of meat, some of his favorite kitchen tools and shows you how to make one of the greatest food mashups of all time: a peanut butter French toast waffle sandwich.
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“This is a combination of many different things,” he says. “It starts out as the idea of a peanut butter sandwich and French toast but then we cook it in a waffle machine.”
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Instead of putting jelly inside the peanut butter sandwich, Burke boils it down with some maple syrup, orange juice and fresh fruit to make a “really, really decadent syrup.”
“The beauty of it is how simple it is,” he says, “and then how gourmet it looks.”
David Burke’s Peanut Butter French Toast Waffle
⅓ cup milk
1 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
2 slices sandwich bread (white or wheat)
2 oz. heated maple syrup
1 oz. grape jelly
1 banana, diced
Fresh strawberries, diced
1. Pre-heat waffle maker. In a shallow bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; set aside
2. Make a peanut butter sandwich. Dip the sandwich in the French toast batter, letting the excess liquid drip off and put into pre-heated waffle maker.
3. While sandwich is cooking, heat the maple syrup, jelly and a splash of orange juice. Add diced bananas and jelly until warmed through.
4. Once the sandwich is golden brown, transfer to a plate and top with heated maple syrup mixture, whipped cream & shaved chocolate. Serve immediately.