"The crispy bite and fluffy chew, oozing with syrup and topped with more goodness, is a moment in heaven!" says the author of The Honeysuckle Cookbook

By People Staff
November 20, 2020 11:04 AM
Products in this story are independently selected and featured editorially. If you make a purchase using these links we may earn commission.
Advertisement
Credit: Jennifer Causey

"The crispy bite and fluffy chew, oozing with syrup and topped with more goodness, is a moment in heaven!" says the author of The Honeysuckle Cookbook

Dzung Lewis' Orange-Pistachio French Toast

1 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided

1 (3x2-in.) orange peel strip

3 large eggs

2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

1 tsp. grated orange zest plus 1/3 cup fresh juice (from 1 large orange)

Pinch of kosher salt

1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

8 (1-in.-thick) brioche bread slices

1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

1. Whisk together maple syrup, cardamom and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a small saucepan. Add orange peel strip; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Remove and discard peel strip; set syrup aside.

2. While syrup simmers, whisk together eggs, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a large shallow bowl or baking dish until thoroughly combined. Add milk, orange zest and juice and salt; whisk to combine.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add half (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) of the butter, and swirl skillet to coat. While butter melts, soak 4 of the brioche slices in egg mixture 10 to 15 seconds per side. Transfer soaked brioche to skillet; cook until golden brown on both sides and set in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer French toast to a plate. Repeat process with remaining butter, brioche slices and egg mixture.

4. Drizzle French toast with warm syrup; top with raspberries and pistachios. Serve immediately.

Quick tip! "Try to use day old, or even better, stale brioche," says Lewis. "This ensures the bread won't fall apart during the dipping process and will soak up the creamy, rich custard."

Serves: 4

Active time: 45 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes