Monday, February 9, 2009

Chai French Toast

Next time you think you need to debate coffee or tea, you can enjoy both! Alright, so your brunch didn't need to arrive with a side of total cheese, but with a standard dish like french toast, you might as well jazz up the ingredients. I steeped some chai (my favorite) teabags in hot milk before continuing with the normal french toast recipe. You can keep getting creative and add more spices, or use a different tea, like a fruit tea, and garnish with fresh berries. Serve these up with a tall cup of java, the Sunday paper, and some comfy PJs, and you've got the making of a perfect weekend morning!

Serves 4

The Whats:

* 1 loaf (or 8 thick slices) challah bread
* 2 cups milk
* 3 eggs
* 3 tea bags, Chai black tea
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* 1 tbsp butter
* ground cinnamon and syrup for serving

The Hows:

1) Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat- do not allow milk to boil. When hot, turn off heat, and allow the teabags to steep in the milk for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.

2) Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in chai-milk, vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon. Dunk each slice of challah in the egg mix.

3) Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Add butter to pan; when butter foams, place the milk & egg soaked challah slices on griddle. Allow each side to cook for 5 minutes, or until brown and crisp. Set aside and repeat until all slices are cooked.

3) Serve hot, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup. It's also quite good with vanilla yogurt!

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