Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Pinepple Upside Down French Toast Bake
This is a breakfast dish that is probably not going to win too many health awards. I think it ranks pretty highly in the delicious category, though. French toast is really elevated to the next level when baked with a layer of caramelized pineapple. Sometimes I dream of running a bed and breakfast someday, and if I did, this dish would likely make a frequent appearance. Here, it is pictured (don't mind that the last piece available to photograph after we'd had brunch with our church happened to get a wee bit dark--ahem, that's just "extra caramelization" : ) alongside Honey-Lime Drizzled Canteloupe and Blueberries (scroll down for my extremely precise recipe! : ).
Pineapple Upside Down French Toast Bake
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in juice, drained and juice reserved
6 large eggs
1 cup half and half or milk
1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8-10 1" slices of bread (French, Sourdough, Italian), day-old is great
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Add pineapple and mix well. Remove from heat. Spread in an even layer over bottom of baking dish. Arrange slices of bread in a single layer over top of pineapple mixture.
In a bowl, mix together eggs, half and half, reserved pineapple juice, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread.
Bake French Toast in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until bread is golden, eggs are set and knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to sit 10-15 minutes before serving. Cut into squares, and lift out of pan with a pancake turner (you can flip it over so the pineapple part is actually upside down, if you like).
French Toast can be made a day ahead of time, covered with foil and refrigerated overnight.
Remove from fridge 15 minutes before baking.
Source: Pineapple-Upside Down French Toast presented by The Bouldin House Bed and Breakfast
Honey-Lime drizzled Cantaloupe and Blueberries
Slices of cantaloupe, rind removed
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil or mint leaves
Arrange melon and berries on a platter. Sprinkle lime zest over fruit. Whisk together lime juice and honey. Drizzle over fruit. Garnish with thinly sliced mint or basil leaves. Serve immediately.