Brioche French Toast With Summer Fruits & Lemon Ricotta

French toast is one of those things I always forget to make, but it is really so delicious and easy!  I tend to choose waffles, or pancakes for a special breakfast, but my husband loves French toast because his mother used to make it for him, so I decided to give it a try again. I added fresh fruit and lemon ricotta as a topping to mine. They both add nutritional value and color to the meal. Fresh fruit is a healthy choice and the eggs & ricotta are both a good source of protein.

You can use any kind of bread, but brioche bread makes a light, airy French toast that absorbs the egg mixture well. Any type of summer berries or fresh fruit works well as a topping.

For the fruit:

1 – 2 cups of sliced summer fruit  (I had just made a trip to a farm stand, so I used a mix of cut-up fruit)

Slice and set aside your fruit until the French toast is hot off the stovetop and ready to serve.

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For the French Toast:

(this recipe was just for 2 – just double or triple for more servings)

  • 4 thick slices of brioche bread (I used 2 brioche rolls, sliced off the ends and cut them in half lengthwise)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 TB. of sugar or honey
  • mix together well in a flat dish that works for soaking the bread.

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Soak the bread in the egg / milk mixture for 2 minutes on each side. (you want it to soak in but not get too soggy)

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For the Ricotta mixture:

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 TB. of sugar or honey
  • grated rind of one lemon
  • 1 TB. of lemon juice

* stir together well to combine all the ingredients

* this lemon ricotta mixture gives it an almost cheesecake like taste with I love!

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Melt a few TB. of coconut oil or butter, (or a mix) in a flat skillet. Cook the soaked bread for a few minutes on one side until golden brown, then flip. When they are all nice and golden, arrange the toasts on plates and top with pats of butter, and a few dollops of the ricotta mixture. Spread spoonfuls of sliced fruit over everything, and drizzle with maple syrup. The French toast is ready to serve!

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French toast is so delicious and simple to make and it is a great way to use fresh summer fruit. After trying it again using brioche bread and the lemon ricotta, I will definitely make it more often.  (by the way..my husband loved it!)

Enjoy!

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