Morning Sweetness

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French toast is such a great way to reuse any ingredient you find at home. The stale, slightly-hard bread will soak up more egg mixture without falling apart. The traditional way is to pan-fry the bread slices in butter, dusted with powdered sugar & served with jam.

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Hong Kong is a small city with many hidden gems. Cha Chan Teng (茶餐廳) is definitely one of them. The word literally means tea restaurant and it’s my favourite place for comfort food. It’s a very unique cultural heritage. I love the vintage interior designs. I love the affordable, special dishes like pineapple bun, egg tart, yuanyang, lemon w/ coffee. I love the cute abbreviations used by waiters & customers when ordering. Say like OT = lemon tea, 茶走 (literally translates as ‘tea goes’) = having condensed milk instead of sugar + milk in your HK style milk tea.

The HK style french toast is a perfect tea time treat. They are deep-fried stacked bread served with a thick slab of butter & golden syrup. Sometimes I prefer a more light-weighted version. Simple fried egg toast with something sweet to serve with. The best Sunday-brunch, breakfast-in-bed option.

How can you resist such a golden, syrupy start to the day?

EGGPLANT CHRYSANTHEMUM

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1-2 slices of Bread
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 egg shell of Milk / Single cream
  • Butter
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Spices e.g. cinnamon, vanilla, orange or lemon zest (optional)
  • Maple syrup / Honey

METHOD :

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer.
  3. Pour egg mixture over bread; Turn slices over; Poke the bread with a fork to let it soak through.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Coat pan with melted butter.
  5. Fry the bread slices until golden brown, 2-3 mins per side.
  6. Serve with maple syrup / honey.

TIPS :

  • I always prefer using brioche ’cause I adore its eggy, sweet scent. But there are so many other options like white bread, brown bread, baguettes, etc. Basically whatever bread you can find at home on a lazy-to-go-outdoor weekend morning.
  • Make sure the egg is whisked in thoroughly. Or else you’ll end up having lumps of white or yolk on your beautiful french toast.
  • If you happen to have some leftover cream in fridge you can add that into the egg mixture too. It gives a more custardy texture. You could also add in orange/lemon zest/ or liquor you like e.g. brandy,bailey’s, amaretto…The options are endless.
  • French toasts can also be served savory. Simply add in ham & cheese in between two slices of bread before soaking the whole thing into the egg mixture.

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