Melissa d'Arabian's Chocolate French Toast

March 6, 2012 10:19:46 AM PST
In August 2009, Melissa d'Arabian won season five of The Next Food Network Star, beating out thousands of hopefuls for the ultimate dream job: her own Food Network show, Ten Dollar Dinners. As a wife and a stay-at-home mother to her four young daughters, Melissa pairs her varied culinary and life experiences to provide food lifestyle solutions to today's families. Melissa makes her Cooking Channel debut in January 2012 as the host of Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping. Melisssa's recipes are regularly included in Food Network Magazine. The March issue is devoted entirely to chocolate!

Chocolate French Toast

Add to a small pot over low heat:
1/4 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt
Bring to simmer
Simmering cream mixture is then poured over 1/2 cup chopped chocolate allowed to sit until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes

Add to greased 9x5-inch baking dish:
6 slices white bread, crusts removed and cut into triangles
Overlap slices slightly in baking dish

Add to cream mixture with melted chocolate:
2 eggs
Whisk until well combined.

Pour over bread:
Cream mixture
Push bread down to coat completely says to make sure to cover the edges.

Bake at 375 degrees F until the custard sets and the bread turns golden at the edges, about 30 minutes.

Place on plates:
Servings of finished chocolate French toast
Dollops of whipped cream.