Lewis Schwartz, area district manager operation for the Cheesecake Factory, comes to the Good Day Café to make French Toast Napoleon for Mother's Day.
French Toast Napoleon
2 cups French Toast Batter (see below)
6 slices egg bread or Challah bread
¼ cup melted butter
3 cups strawberries, sliced and tossed with a little sugar
2 cups whipped cream
½ cup glazed pecans (readily available at most grocery stores and gourmet markets)
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Maple syrup, heated
1. Dip the egg bread in French Toast Batter. Gently squeeze the bread slices in several different spots (especially near the edge/crust) to help absorb the batter. Allow the batter to absorb into the bread while it rests for 10 minutes.
2. Drizzle melted butter onto a pancake grill or large sauté pan. Place the soaked egg bread onto the oiled grill and cook until golden brown on both top and bottom (approx. 4 minutes per side).
3. When the French toast is done, place one slice on the plate. Using a large spoon, sprinkle a some of the sliced strawberries over the top of the French toast, making sure to spread it close to the edge, all the way around. Place the second piece of French toast on top of the first and sprinkle more sliced strawberries over the bread, again, making sure to spread it close to the edge, all the way around. Place the last piece of French toast on top of the others. Sprinkle a little more sliced strawberries on top of the bread, but this time with a little more in the center and allowing some of the strawberries to fall randomly onto the plate around the French toast. You can also drizzle a little juice around the edge of the French toast. Repeat this procedure with the second plate.
4. Garnish the French toast with some whipped cream and the glazed pecans. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and all around the plate. Serve warm maple syrup on the side. Bon appétit.
French Toast Batter
The Cheesecake Factory makes their own "signature batter" but you can make your own at home using this recipe.
1 cup half and half (or milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoon sugar
¾ tsp. cinnamon
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend together for a few seconds or until smooth.
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