Blue Moon Cafe

A Must-Try Recipe for National French Toast Day

Blue Moon Cafe Cap'n Crunch French ToastToday is National French Toast Day, celebrating the sweet syrupy carbo-loaded breakfast treat. But did you know that in Brazil and Portugal, French toast is actually a Christmas dessert? It is commonly served with butter, syrup, fresh fruit, sugar or cinnamon (or, if you’re like me, all of the above!). Another interesting fact is that French toast is no more French than French fries. Instead, it gets its name from restaurateur Joseph French of Albany, New York. Mr. French, Americanized the dish in the 1700s and aptly named it after himself.

Now, here we are, 300 years later, with a breakfast meal that you’ll see at nearly every restaurant in America. A few months ago I was watching Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives on Food Network when I came across this amazing recipe that I just had to share with you today. I hope you and your customers enjoy it as much as my family did. It’s got a little bit of childhood memories mixed in which will appeal to even your oldest customers!

Cap’n Crunch French Toast (courtesy of the Blue Moon Cafe)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C Heavy Cream
  • 3 Lg Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract
  • 3 C Cap’n Crunch Cereal
  • 8-10 Slices of Texas Toast
  • Butter, for cooking

Toppings:

  • 1 C Heavy Cream
  • 2 T Powder Sugar
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C Fresh Berries

Directions:

  1. Mix cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl with a Piano Whisk.
  2. Put cereal in a storage bag and crush with a rolling pin until it resembles cracker meal. Transfer to large shallow dish.
  3. Dip bread into cream mixture until soft (not soaked). Let excess liquid drip from bread, then press into cereal to evenly coat. Place on Sheet Pan. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.
  4. Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat. Add butter and cook bread until caramelized on both sides (6-8 minutes total).
  5. For whipped topping: Beat ingredients together except berries until soft peaks form. Dollop on top of French toast and serve with berries!
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