One of my best friends and I have decided that the definition of brunch is breakfast eaten with a dessert.
For us, it usually means whole wheat french toast with strawberries and whipped cream and a side of well-done bacon followed by a delicious piece of pie (we usually get two different kinds and end up picking at both).
She sips her coffee and I sip my mint tea while we listen to the endless chatter of my always talkative five-year old. It’s fantastic!
While we generally have brunch between breakfast and lunch, the most important part of it is that it’s a decadent combo of yummy breakfast food followed by a sinfully delicious treat (at least according to us!).
With this essential piece of info in mind, I’ve decided to invite my mom over for brunch tomorrow, giving me a rational excuse to eat french toast and a sweet treat side by side.
The Food Network’s Ellie Krieger has an awesome (healthy!) french toast bake recipe in one of her books:
- 1 large whole wheat baguette
- 4 whole eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup low fat milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 cups sliced peaches (I usually substitute berries)
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (1 1/2 tablespoons)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Spray 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray
- Slice bread into 1/2 inch slices and arrange in a single layer in the pan
- Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla in a small bowl and pour mixture over bread
- Toss peaches with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon brown sugar, scatter on top
- Combine remaining brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top
- Cover and refrigerate overnight
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes (while trying not to drool too much at the smell)
She also has a Blueberry Almond French Toast recipe that’s similar and sounds equally delicious!
Now I just have to decide what to do for dessert!
Brownies? Cupcakes with vanilla frosting and coconut? Some of those yummy popsicles I’ve yet to try?
The possibilities are endless, but I’m too hungry to decide right now!
If you have any delicious dessert ideas, leave them below!