If there was ever a breakfast that could be described as “sexy”, this would be it.
If you’re reading this and you don’t live in the Plant City area, I have to tell you – you’re missing out.
Just a few months ago, I went to grab some Strawberries at the store and they were $7 for a quart. Apparently there was a shortage or something in California due to weather issues, so my strawberry consumption came to a screeching halt.
But I don’t have to put up with those crazy high prices for long, because Plant City, FL is the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. Since its about a million degrees every single day of the year, we have the perfect conditions to grow berries in the Winter.
That also means that Strawberry Season lines up with Valentine’s Day each year.
And in my opinion, there’s no better way to show your love for someone than with amazing food.
We’ve never been the type to do much for Valentine’s Day, mostly because I couldn’t care less about things like stuffed animals, balloons, expensive roses, and crappy boxes of chocolate.
What I do care about it spending some stress-free time with Anthony and eating some bomb food. If thats your idea of a day well spent, then you’ve come to the right place.
ITS FRENCH TOAST TIME.
French toast is one of those simple foods that makes me so happy. Its so easy to make, and you can make it look beautiful and warm – a perfect little gift for that person you love.
And to be honest, I almost never make it with fancy bread. I’m a big fan of super thick french toast, but I love it good ole sandwich-bread-style just as much. Dave’s Killer Bread makes an awesome sliced loaf called White Bread Done Right, which is organic and made with wholesome ingredients. And if you have a husband like mine, who still loves the white bread he grew up eating, this is a healthier alternative that’ll fool any white bread connoisseur.
If you’ve never made french toast, I’m here to help. You’ll be a pro in the 5 minutes that it takes to read the instructions, because its really that easy.
All you need to do is whisk up some milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. The sweetness will come from your maple syrup and other toppings, so don’t worry about that. And if you don’t happen to have the spices or vanilla, you can leave them out and go plain jane.
The “hardest” part of making french toast is dipping it in the egg mixture long enough to let the moisture soak through, but not too long so that your bread starts to fall apart. For this bread in particular, I just place a slice in the container with the egg mixture, press it down lightly, flip it, press down again, and then throw it in a hot pan with butter. Dipping should only take a few seconds for each side.
Making sure your pan is hot before you begin dipping and using butter to cook each slice will give the french toast that nice golden color you see above. Once the first side has cooked, flip your slices over and allow the other side to cook.
French toast is best served warm, so you’ll want to have your cream and strawberries ready beforehand so you can just assemble the plates at the end.
There’s something about the rich color of strawberries and the drizzle of cream over those golden slices of eggy toast that makes for the sweetest romantic treat.
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebirds.
Strawberries & Cream French Toast Recipe
- 8 slices organic bread
- 4 local or organic eggs
- 1/4 cup organic milk (or almond milk)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 quart Plant City strawberries
- 2 tbsp organic brown sugar
- organic butter (for cooking)
- Optional: maple syrup for serving
- 1/4 cup organic plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup organic full-fat coconut cream (canned)
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp organic maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Mix up the cream first: whisk together all the ingredients and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Rinse and dry the strawberries. Cut the tops off, slice, and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with organic brown sugar and stir. Place in the fridge so they can begin to form their own "syrup".
For the french toast, mix together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla in a container that is flat on the bottom and big enough to fit a slice of the bread. Place a pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of butter. Once hot, dip the bread in the milk & egg mixture one slice at a time. Press lightly on each side for a few seconds so that the moisture soaks into the bread a little. Cook the slices for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Remove the strawberries from the fridge and give them a final stir. Top the french toast slices with the berry mixture and drizzle with the cream. Garnish with a fresh berry & enjoy!