I’ve got to be honest, I’ve not had french toast in years (I tend to have pancakes), but when I discovered that it was possible to french toast crumpets I was cracking eggs faster than you can say the words ‘I love brunch recipes’.
I had them on a Thursday, then again on a Friday and Saturday, and mourned the fact that there wasn’t a crumpet crumb in the house until our next round of groceries.
I’ve always been a little scathing of how smug most celebrity chefs are, but had my own little Nigel Slater moment as I pulled out half a pot of marscapone, a bag of chopped hazlenuts and a nashi pear that was just begging to be sliced and artfully arranged. But that to me is the art of brunching; something a little special, a little arch. I did remind myself as I weighed up the fresh strawberries and a tin of peach slices, that I wasn’t after all a celeb chef…
French Toast Crumpets Recipe
Ingredients (for 2 servings)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 C (65ml) milk or cream
- 4 drops of vanilla essence
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 4 crumpets
- A knob of butter
- Maple or a flavoured simple syrup (I love vanilla)
- Lavish toppings that celebrate the weekend – bacon, sliced fruit, caramelised banana slices, marscapone cream
- Chopped nuts to garnish – caramelised pecans would be amazing
- Coffee to drink (it’s before 3pm after all)
Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla essence, brown sugar, mixed spice and cinnamon until well combined (cracking the eggs with one hand celeb chef pizazz totally optional).
Soak the crumpets in the mixture for 10 minutes – I like to baste them in any left over mixture whilst also brewing a fresh cafetiere of my favourite freshly ground beans and prepping any toppings.
Fry in the butter until each side is golden brown.
Enjoy [read on for a few varietals].
The possibilities for adding something special to the basic recipe are endless;
- Subsitute the mixed spice and cinnamon for 1 tsp cocoa powder, top with cherries
- Get all masala; 1 part cardamom powder, 1 part cinnamon powder, 1/2 part ginger powder.
- Add a sweet rose masala (full recipe here)
- Go all mocha with 1/4 tsp of ground coffee and 1/2 tsp of cocoa
- Substitute the mixed spice for 1 tsp ground almonds, and sprinkle slivered almonds on top
- You could omit the sugar & spices, and add in fresh chopped herbs. Oh, chives or parsley with smoked salmon and lemon, or coriander with mango chutney, mint raita and lime pickle. Now that’s how to start your day!
Oh no, I think I need to make another batch of French Toast crumpets, stat…
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