happy happy halloween!!! i hope you aren’t still hungover from celebrating this past weekend buttttt if you are, i have the perfect thing to mop up any ghoulish liquor left in your tummy!
french toast. after making homemade brioche in class last week and eyeing a beautiful brioche feuilletée — a brioche loaf treated like a puff pastry at the end, giving it one turn of flaky dough — at le cordon bleu’s cafe, i knew french toast would be on my agenda for the week. i’m in france anyways, french toast is a must!*
but how could i forget halloween! i wanted to make a themed recipe, celebrating all the pumpkins i could find.
that was until i couldn’t find any pumpkins.
my neighborhood is a calm one relative to the rest of paris. it’s full of families and grocery shops, little bistros and schools. upon deciding to make a pumpkin-flavored french toast, i visited all my neighborhood markets and grocery stores in search for either a full pumpkin to roast or pumpkin puree.
i walked into seven different grocery stores and no one carried pumpkins or puree. what was this! at home, grocery stores essentially turned into pumpkin parties in october. (see trader joe’s pumpkin o’s that i usually buy in bulk this time of year.)
weary from aisle searching, i walked down the street in hopes of finding the winning grocery store. instead, i saw starbucks.
starbucks, the home of the infamous psl: pumpkin spice latte. could i? yes! i entered the coffeeshop and immediately googled (using starbucks’ free wifi 🙌**) the ingredients in their pumpkin spice latte: milk, espresso, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin purée! it was decided. i was to make my #basic, american-themed french toast with the most basic of pumpkinites.
given that my working recipe for a classic brioche french toast already called for milk, i substituted the milk for psl. in went the eggs to the batter, and a bit more of nutmeg, cinnamon, and then cardamom to round out the flavor.
this is one of the simplest recipes you can make. just cut your slices of brioche (regular sandwich bread works too!) and dredge in the batter. transfer directly to a hot frying pan and cook until brown and colored on each side. serve with a thick pad of butter and maple syrup. dunzo.
the pumpkin flavoring is subtle with a nice kick from the bit of espresso. it may sound odd but given that the psl consists of majority milk, it works great for working into a french toast batter.
if you’re not feeling adventurous enough for the psl mix, i’ve made notes below on how you can adapt this recipe for a simple french toast or using the pumpkin puree. (if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on it!)
aaaand in this week’s other stuff:
for anyone who is a big fan of cards, check out yellow daisy paper co. their covers are incredible!!
discovered this gem of a cafe last week.
wanna be a ceo one day? some required reading.
happy halloween and long live pumpkin spice!!!
*for those wondering, french toast is actually called pain perdu in french, meaning lost bread.
**this is not an #ad but wouldn’t it be lovely if i was getting paid! ha
pumpkin spice french toast
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups pumpkin spice latte, chilled (or whole milk + 1/4 cup pumpkin puree)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
brioche loaf (regular sandwich bread works too!), sliced to 1cm thickness
good maple syrup
bowl for dreding
- preheat oven to 200 degrees, fahrenheit.
- mix pumpkin spice latte, 6 eggs, and spices together. place in a wide-rimmed bowl or rectangular pan that will be easy to dunk your brioche slices into.
- heat a frying pan to medium-high. add a pad of butter to your pan and let cook until butter browns and foams.
- dunk brioche slices into your dredging batter. transfer immediately to hot frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until well colored. once cooked through, put slices in an oven-safe pan and keep warm in oven as you continue to work.
- serve warm on hot plates with lots of butter and maple syrup. bon appétit!