Hello again from beautiful western Canada. We’ve just arrived in Vancouver after an hourlong flight from Calgary and are sitting at a Starbucks waiting for our airbnb to be ready across the street. I guess it’s been a long time since I’ve occupied a whole corner of an urban Starbucks with too many bags, hogging a power outlet with my phone charger and laptop, because hoo-boy do I feel like I’m back in law school again studying and scheming with my friend Abby. After a week hiking the bejeezus out of Banff National Park and the surrounding areas, we’re experiencing a bit of culture shock being back in a big city. More on all of that in future posts, though. For now, chocolate French toast.
We spent a handful of lucky days last week staying with our dear friends in Calgary. We had a top-notch lunch out at one of Calgary’s few vegetarian restaurants and ate some delicious ice cream (more on that later, too) — but mostly we took advantage of the fact that our host Roxane is a talented chef and caterer. One day she made us two separate breakfasts (!!) — crepes for the kids (which of course I tried too) and this beautiful granola with yogurt and rhubarb compote.
Another day we had a sophisticated take on chocolate French toast, made from hearty sourdough bread and piled with fresh berries and chopped stone fruit. I think this is the first time I’ve posted a recipe on the blog that I haven’t cooked myself, but I watched and ate and applied a bit of my own French toast experience when writing the recipe, so I don’t think you’d be out of your mind to trust me. (That said, I’ll cook it myself when we get home and make any adjustments necessary.) I also have designs on posting a 20-minute sushi bowl dinner that she whipped up one night, but that one I’ll have to rebuild from memory and wish-we-were-still-there conversations later in the summer.
Until then, treat yourself to some chocolate French toast and a hike or two. Hope you’re all enjoying the tail end of the summer.
Talk to you soon.
Chocolate French Toast made with Hearty Sourdough
This is a sophisticated chocolate French toast for people who know what they want from the world. There's just enough cocoa to make it deeply flavorful and special, and the hearty sourdough bread and generous egg quotient keep it -- and you -- well grounded.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 cup soy milk or other milk of choice
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 8 slices hearty sourdough bread (we used a seeded multigrain variety)
- Butter for cooking
- Fresh berries and chopped stone fruit
- Whipped cream, if you like
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