Cinnamon French Toast with Fresh Mango

 A sublime Cinnamon French Toast with Mangoes, courtesy of Curtis Stone, our featured chef at IHCC (I Heart Cooking Clubs), where this week's theme is Local and Seasonal.  It would not be possible to go more local and seasonal than mangoes at the moment.  Bob picked an enormous bagful from our tree yesterday, and it is now up to me to deal with them.  Even after all the giveaways there is still a lot.

On his website, Curtis topped his with a red berry sauce.  Not local or seasonal right now in this neck of the woods, thus the switch.  I adore having a really tender and buttery French Toast in the morning, but topped with fresh diced mangoes just uplifts everything to the heavenlies.  The only other change I made was to add 1/4 cup whole milk to the eggs.  Just traditional around here as I don't buy special bread for French Toast, and using my slightly stale pieces, the milk helps to soak up everything.  His recipe is as follows:

French Toast:
6 large eggs
Four 1/2-inch-thick slices brioche bread, halved diagonally
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1/3 cup crème fraîche
 2 or more mangoes, depending on size, peeled and diced

Prepare your mangoes, then set aside in fridge til the french toast is ready. Yea, I do love mangoes.

Serves 4
To prepare the French toast:

Using a fork, beat the eggs in a 13x9 baking dish to blend. Place the slices of brioche in the eggs and let stand for 5 minutes, or until the eggs are absorbed, turning the brioche slices once.
Melt the butter on a heavy large griddle pan over medium heat. Add the brioche slices to the hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown on the outside and heated through. 
To serve:

Meanwhile, stir the sugar and cinnamon on a large plate; set aside. Immediately place the hot French toast in the cinnamon-sugar and turn to coat completely. 

Divide the French toast among 4 serving plates. Spoon the diced mangoes over the French toast and top with a dollop of crème fraîche.   Serve immediately.  Just scrumptious, but of course.


Deb in Hawaii said...

Oh yum! I really need to be your neighbor. ;-) I need some good mangoes right now. I may just have to get myself to a farmers market tomorrow as the ones at the grocery store still weren't too impressive. Fresh mango just makes everything better! Great pick.

Nammi said...

yummm can almost smell the cinamon ! never had mangoes with french toast though, should give it a try

Zosia said...

That looks deliciously decadent with the creme fraiche and mango topping.

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

I need to make some cinnamon french toast soon. :)

kitchen flavours said...

Wish someone would pamper me with this lovely breakfast treat! And I love mangoes!

flour.ish.en said...

I want to be your neighbor too. I love mango. I put them in my yogurt. Bake with them. Preserve them. French toast is another great use for these lovely tree-ripened mangoes.

Vicki said...

Cinnamon and mangoes, I'm sold!

Tina said...

Perfect. I think I'd have to use a different fruit as my husband isn't crazy about mangoes but I sure do like them Looks delish.