I am finally back in the kitchen after having dedicated myself to remodeling projects at home. As much as I like the way it turned out, I still prefer spending time in the kitchen, and behind my camera.
After all the hard work the best reward was this “Italian” French toast. I’ve been looking for different ways – other than tiramisu purposes – to use mascarpone cheese. And the outcome was this combination of flavors, including one of my favorite fruits: strawberries! Topped with fresh mint leaves, it gives the French toast an immediate summer touch! Granted, mascarpone contains quite an impressive amount of fat, but this should not make you hesitate at all. I mean, no wonder it’s so tasty.. As we say in Italy, “you can’t have a full barrel and a drunk wife” :) But in case it’s ‘too much’ you can always mix it with some light cream cheese, or replace it completely.
At this point all you need is this creamy, fruity French Toast, your favorite book and lots of time to enjoy all of it either on the couch, in the garden or on your balcony. Let all your senses be part of it!
- 4 slices of bread (alternatively sandwich bread)
- 2 eggs (consider approx. 1 egg for 2 slices of bread)
- 4 tbsp of milk
- mascarpone cheese (approx. 1 full tbsp per slice of bread)
- strawberries, halved or quartered
- fresh mint leaves, chopped
- sugar to taste
- oil or butter
- Cut the bread into thick slices (or use sandwich bread instead).
- Mix the amount of mascarpone that you desire with some sugar. Set aside.
- Heat a little oil, alternatively melt some butter in a pan.
- Whisk the eggs, milk and sugar in a bowl.
- Dip the bread in the egg-milk mixture and fry until golden brown. Place the slices of bread on a plate.
- Add the mascarpone on top of the bread while it's still warm. Place the strawberries on top and sprinkle with the chopped fresh mint leaves.
- I recommend using regular bread that you can cut into slices yourself, as sandwich bread might be too soft and too thin for the mascarpone-strawberry topping.
- If the strawberries are not that sweet, you can marinate them with sugar and let them rest for a short while.