Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Le Petit Déjeuner

It's summer vacation for Kirstie which means easy mornings, no rush and more time for a leisurely breakfast. Spoiling my family is one of my favorite hobbies so today I decided to make her a special treat instead of her usual spelt flakes with milk. It had been a while since I made her a really good pain perdu (feel free to call it "French toast") and she cheerfully agreed to my suggestion. My usual recipe is simple: just some eggs, milk, a little cinnamon, a bit of vanilla sugar and perhaps a pinch of ground nutmeg. The topping of choice is always maple syrup.

This morning I decided to try something a little different. Nothing complicated or fancy, just flavorful and healthy. I came up with the following recipe which was gratefully appreciated by mademoiselle.

Pain Perdu aux Amandes

*1 egg
*2 tbsps evaporated milk
*pinch of salt
*1/2 tsp good quality almond extract
*2 slices multi-grain bread
*knob of butter
*sliced bananas and strawberries to serve
*Golden Syrup to drizzle

In a shallow bowl, beat egg together with salt, evaporated milk and almond extract. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan, coat the bread well with the egg mixture and fry 4 minutes per side. Serve warm with sliced fruit and drizzle with a touch of Golden Syrup.
Enough for one serving.

PS: Even though I had already had my fruit smoothie for breakfast with Hans before he left, I did steal a bite of her toast, for research purposes you see. The wonderful thing about this version was that the sweetness came just from the fruit (can I help it that strawberries are in season?) and that tiny bit of syrup while the simplicity of the ingredients allowed for the almondy flavor to take center stage.


Patricia Scarpin said...

This looks delicious - the perfect way to start a day!

Kelly-Jane said...

A delicious and even reasonably healthy pretty breakfast :)