Queen of Hearts French toast recipe
French toast gets the Valentine's Day treatment with a heart-shaped jam middle. This charming breakfast or brunch recipe is simple enough for all ages to help make, but looks so pretty and impressive! Use another flavour of jam, if you prefer. See method
- 2 large eggs
- 125ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 25g baking spread
- 4 slices Tesco Finest brioche loaf, each about 2cm-thick
- 150g seedless strawberry jam
- 100g mixed berries
- crème fraîche, to serve (optional)
- icing sugar, to serve (optional)
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- Preheat the oven to its lowest setting. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar with a pinch of salt until really well combined. Pour into a shallow, wide bowl or dish.
- Melt half the baking spread in a frying pan over a medium heat. Meanwhile, take 1 slice of brioche, lay it in the egg mixture for 10 secs, then turn over and soak the other side for 10 secs. Carefully lay in the pan, then repeat with another slice. Cook on each side for 3-4 mins until deep golden brown, then put on a baking tray and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining 2 slices.
- Gently warm the jam until slightly looser: you can either do this in the microwave for about 20 secs* or in a pan over a low heat for about 1 min.
- Once the French toast is ready, use a heart-shaped cutter about 4.5cm across at the widest point to carefully stamp out a heart shape in the centre of each slice, then transfer them to plates. Carefully spoon most of the warmed jam into each gap. Serve the heart cut-outs alongside with the berries and some crème fraîche and a dusting of icing sugar, if you like. Add a few drops of just-boiled water to the remaining jam to thin a little and drizzle over.
*Timings correct for an 800W microwave
Tip: If you don’t have a heart-shaped cutter, make a cardboard template and cut round it with a sharp knife.
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