Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Entertaining Inspiration: Farmhouse Branch + French Toast With Glazed Strawberries And Hazelnuts

Nothing like a lazy Sunday brunch to entertain house guests or treat yourself! And leave it to the fabulous Nathan Turner to inspire us with some great  tricks to use everyday market farm veggies like tomatoes or cabbage leaves, and adding a special touch with backyard flowers! Don't you love the rustic, effortless style of the tablescape?

And how about some decadent custar-bateres french toasts? I remember like yesterday when my Belgian grandmother taught me how to make français toasts! Here is the recipe for French Toast: CUSTARD-BATTERED FRENCH TOAST WITH GLAZED STRAWBERRIES AND TOASTED HAZELNUTS (Serves 6)

* 6 extra-thick slices of bread or Texas toast
* 4 egg yolks
* ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 extra teaspoons
* 1 cup cream
* ¼ cup milk
* Pinch of salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 cup strawberries, or other seasonal fruit, thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 tablespoons hazelnuts, toasted and crushed

 1. To make the custard sauce, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, salt and the vanilla.
 2. Warm the cream and milk in a saucepan. When they are hot to the touch, whisk a couple of tablespoons of the heated liquid into the egg mixture to temper the eggs. Add the remainder of the liquid to the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
 3. Cook, and stir, over low-medium heat, until the sauce just coats the spoon.
 4. Place the sauce into a clean bowl and cool it down by placing the bowl in ice water. Continue to stir until cool, and place in the refrigerator.
5. Toss the sliced strawberries with the two teaspoons of sugar. Set aside.
 6. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat for two minutes, then add one tablespoon of butter. When the butter starts to sizzle, turn up the heat to medium-high.
7. Remove the custard sauce from the refrigerator. Dip the bread, lightly coating each side with custard and place it in the pan, cooking no more than three slices at a time. Cook until each side is golden brown, flipping once or twice, for about six to seven minutes.
 8. Garnish with glazed strawberries and toasted hazelnuts. Serve immediately.

{Images and video via Pottery Barn}


Ann On and On... said...

LOVE this post! LOVE it! Fresh simplistic ideas!

Julie Khuu said...

Casual and luxe, such a succinct sense of style to pull off! Love the little country details like the written placecards and florals...beautiful!

Peace. Love. LOL!


Inner-Outer Beauty said...

Me too, love this practical post with real ideas! Thx!

The slow pace said...

Love, love, love this post! Everything is fabulous!

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