- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 pinch coarse sea salt
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1 (16 oz.) container of strawberries, rinsed, trimmed, sliced (about 3 cups)
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 cup mixed fresh berries (such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup half & half cream
- 8 (1-inch thick) slices rustic artisan-style country bread
- Maple syrup, as needed
Chocolate for breakfast! Make the week-end extra special with this indulgent French toast recipe made with rustic artisan-style country bread griddled golden and delicious topped with a colorful medley of fresh berries and luscious dark chocolate sauce.
Foodie Byte: Get creative; add a dollop of light mascarpone cheese, or switch out the berries with fresh sliced peaches or nectarines. For a quick & delicious flavor combination; top French toast with fresh sliced banana and dark chocolate sauce. The dark chocolate sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To reheat; warm the sauce gently in the top of a double boiler or on low heat in the microwave.
- To prepare chocolate sauce: combine heavy cream, water and salt in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; add chopped chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter to cream mixture. Whisk until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Reserve.
- Combine strawberries and sugar in a medium size bowl and toss to blend. Add mixed fresh berries and gently stir to blend. Reserve.
- To prepare French toast: combine eggs and half & half cream in a shallow container and whisk to blend.
- Working in several smaller batches, dip sliced bread into batter to evenly coat; drain excess.
- Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices.
- Serve hot topped with fresh berries, maple syrup (if desired) and warm dark chocolate sauce.
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