Orange Macademia French Toast

January 1, 2012 7:43:04 AM PST
Whether you stayed up late to say goodbye to 2011, or you just want to start the new year with a new twist on breakfast, what could be better than French toast with a gourmet twist?

Chef Joe Pankrath from Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel & Bar Novo was in our ABC7 studio kitchen to show us how to make a decadent Orange Macadamia French Toast.

Orange Macadamia French Toast

3 One-Inch Thick Slices Brioche Bread
Macadamia crust
Rum Syrup

one-quarter cup Heavy Cream
3 Large Eggs
1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Honey

Whisk all ingredients together.

one-half cup Macadamia Nuts, Crushed
Zest of 2 Oranges
Pinch Salt

Toss ingredients together.

1 qt Myers Jamaican Rum, Reserve 2 oz As Well
1 qt Maple Syrup
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Reduce 1 qt rum to 1 cup in a pot on medium heat.
Add syrup, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, and add 2 oz rum and vanilla.

In a nonstick pan, heat 1 tbsp butter on medium heat. Dip bread in the batter, coating both sides. Press one side of the soaked bread with the crust, and cook in the pan crust side down. Cook all sides thoroughly. Pour desired amount of syrup over French toast. Garnish.

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