Sunday, 8 March 2009

Sunday Morning Eye Opener...

When your corpse needs more than mere revival there's nothing like French toast. Sure, Eggs Benedict is the ultimate hangover brunch when someone else is cooking, but who wants to stand over a steaming bain marie whisking butter, lemon juice, etc, just to make the sauce? Far too complicated. 

Try this for simplicity:

Red Hook French Toast
4 slices of baguette (or just about any other type of bread, enough to serve two people)
2 eggs
50ml whole milk
30ml Red Hook Rye 
a pinch of cinnamon

Whisk the eggs, milk, whiskey, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Add the bread one slice at a time, turning each slice over in the batter so that it is evenly coated. Let it rest while you bring a frying pan up to medium-high heat. Add butter to the pan and quickly add the French toast. Before you flip it over, sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top. This will have a very different visual effect than the cinnamon that was mixed into the batter. Cook until lightly browned on both sides. 

Top with butter and maple syrup. And be sure the orange juice is fresh squeezed. After all, the best spirits deserve only the best mixers.

There are endless variations on this recipe. Try replacing the whiskey with 25ml Cointreau, and topping the French toast with confectioners sugar and fresh berries. Good quality dark rum and tequila are both delicious. 

If you feel like cooking with good spirits is wrong, just think of it as molecular egg nog. 

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