french toast

Hong Kong Style French Toast

Hong Kong Style French Toast

Happy New Year!! :) Last year was an incredible one for me. Moving abroad in 2015 was the wisest choice I've ever made. I'm incredibly grateful for all of the challenges, growth, travel, work, and fear that has pushed me closer to my authentic Self. I hope you all had a really fantastic year as well :) 

If you're nursing a hangover, I've got the perfect recipe for you. Here in Hong Kong, we have a ton of Cha Chaan Tengs, or tea houses that serve a crazy variety of HK comfort food. Cha Chaan Tengs have super late hours, making it convenient to enjoy French Toast, eggs, baked spaghetti, or even steak at any time of the day. HK style French Toast is a classic. Plain white bread and peanut butter sandwiches, dipped in a simple egg mixture and deep fried. It's then served with butter, condensed milk, and maple syrup - making it a completely decadent breakfast item. Today I'm taking a cue from this HK dish and showing you how to make Hangover French Toast! Let's get cookin :)

Watch the recipe below:  

Ingredients You Need: (Serves 2)

  • 4 slices of bread (traditional white bread, or milk bread as I'm using)
  • 2 eggs 
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • splash of milk 
  • salt 
  • peanut butter 
  • butter (for cooking and serving)
  • maple syrup or agave
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com

Method:

  • Slice up your favorite bread. 
  • Spread peanut butter on each slice of bread.
  • Sandwich 2 slices of bread together and put aside. 
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together 2 eggs, a splash of vanilla, a dash of salt, and splash of milk.
  • Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture. Don't forget the sides! 
  • Pan-fry each sandwich in 1 tbsp butter until both sides are golden brown. I like to stand the sandwich up on its ends to get them nice and crisp, too.
  • Serve the HK French Toast with butter and maple syrup (You can add condensed milk if you like ;) 
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com
Hong Kong Style French Toast Recipe by Broke and Cooking - www.brokeandcooking.com

Warm, delightfully eggy bread filled with ooey gooey peanut butter is so delicious - you can start your diet tomorrow. :) 

Lemon Cream Stuffed French Toast

Lemon Cream Stuffed French Toast

Mother's Day is just around the corner! For some reason, this holiday always makes me think of French Toast. Maybe it's because Mother's Day feels like one of those mornings you wake up to sneak to the kitchen and surprise Mom with breakfast in bed. Or going out to brunch with family - either way, French Toast is pretty to look at, simple to make, and delicious to eat. Check out my other French Toast recipes for Hot Chocolate French Toast, Pumpkin French Toast, and King's Hawaiian French Toast! :) 

One of the most popular items on a brunch menu is often a Lemon Ricotta Stuffed French Toast. The idea of making this at home was intriguing to me - how hard could it be? Turns out, it's super simple and only takes 20 minutes. What I love about this recipe is that you can substitute ricotta for mascarpone or cream cheese like I did :) Adding fresh lemon zest and juice to the filling gives the perfect punch to this sweet breakfast. Top it off with your Mom's favorite fresh fruit and you'll be chalkin up all kinda Brownie points :) Let's get cookin! 

Hot Chocolate French Toast

Hot Chocolate French Toast

The smell of hot chocolate is so comforting to me. It reminds me of my childhood. When it comes to breakfast, my family has always been about waffles. What is it about wanting what you don't have, even when it comes to something as simple as breakfast? :) As a kid I always craved French Toast. I imagined the crisp edges and custardy center...while munching on waffles. Now as an adult, I eat French Toast when ever possible ;) Check out my recipes for King's Hawaiian French Toast and Pumpkin Spice French Toast as evidence! For Christmas breakfast, I thought, why not combine these two fantastic flavors? Soaking eggy brioche in a custard mixture spiked with hot chocolate mix is as decadent as you can get. Hot Chocolate French Toast is perfect for the holidays. Let's get cookin :) 

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast

#PSL... not Pumpkin Spice Latte, but Pumpkin Spice Life. Are you about it? I personally don't drink coffee but tend to get a kick out of how the food industry rolls out countless Fall twists on our favorite foods; simply by making a Pumpkin Spice version. I decided to give in a little this year, and experiment with pumpkin! I love Pumpkin Pie... the ginormous $5 Pumpkin Pie from Costco is one of my favorite things about the holidays. Adding pumpkin puree and a few spices to a classic French Toast recipe is an easy way to get in the holiday spirit. I love the twist on simple French Toast. The spices are so warming and cozy, and the pumpkin flavor compliments the custard so well! Let's get cookin :) 

 

Simple King's Hawaiian French Toast for Two

Simple King's Hawaiian French Toast for Two

King’s Hawaiian Rolls make everything better, and the fact that King’s Hawaiian makes a giant round loaf is sheer genius. The sweetness of the Hawaiian bread is perfect for French Toast. In the past I’ve been frustrated by recipes that yield 4-6 servings of French Toast - not everyone is trying to feed a family or have a ton of French Toast sitting around. Sometimes you just want to make a little batch to satisfy your cravings. This recipe is perfect for one or two people to indulge in some delicious breakfast in bed.