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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Add about half of the milk and whisk until the cocoa and sugar are incorporated and not lumpy. Whisk in the rest of the milk along with the eggs and vanilla.
  • Pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish. Add as many of the bread slices as will fit in a single layer. Let them sit and soak up the liquid for a minute or two, then flip and soak the other side.
  • Melt a generous pat of butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add as many soaked bread slices as will fit without crowding. Cook for a few minutes until browned on the underside, then flip and continue cooking for a few minutes more, until browned and cooked through. (Adjust heat as necessary and keep a sharp eye out for burning since the sugar and cocoa in the egg mixture can go quickly from good to bad.)
  • Repeat the soaking and cooking process with all 8 slices of bread.
  • Serve topped with fresh berries and stone fruit, along with a dollop of whipped cream if you like.
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    Recipe Notes

  • Roxane referred to several recipes in developing this one, including one from a website that we couldn't find again and also the chocolate French toast from the blog Handle the Heat and . If we do ultimately uncover the original reference, I'll add it here. Either way, she adapted it substantially, as one does, having previously catered for the Queen of England. :)
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