Friday, February 25, 2011

Hello, lover.

Recent conversation between an ex and I:
him: You love to read. Have you read anything great lately?
me: ummmm, nothing I think you'd be interested in.
him: Oohhhhh!! Have you read 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?' It's seriously amazing.
me: .........................aaahhhh no...... I haven't..... BTW, don't tell anyone we EVER dated.

It's not that I have a problem with that book per say, just the fact that a dude, a dude I dated no less, called it "seriously amazing".
Cook books are my reading material of choice. No one dies, no one's getting their heart broken and I don't feel bummed about the fact that there really are no Vampires. The Cullens are not real. I usually wake up in the morning with the company of three different cook books in my bed {yes, I'm a Polyg-read-ist, don't judge}. The recipes marinate in my mind overnight and in the morning I usually wake with some kind of inspiration for the day.  And then on special days like today, I'll wake up with a downright revelation. 
It's cold. I feel like something sweet..... something chocolatey but warm....What about Hot Chocolate French Toast?... WHAT?! Am I crazy?! That can't be done! Oh, but YES it can....

But, how..?

...and that's why they pay me the big bucks folks {except for the fact 'they' don't.}
Double Chocolate Loaf
Firstly we need to start with a dense, ridiculously chocolatey loaf. Something that will hold up to all that vanilla custard and fried goodness. This is it! It's from my new favorite cook book Baked Explorations. Do yourself a favor, get this one asap. In the meantime, recipe found here.

Now, once you've made this little baby and it's cooled to room temperature, it's time to slice it. Remove the 'butts' of the loaf so that each slice has a moist exposed surface that's able to soak up all that custardy goodness. You should get around 8 - 10 slices of bread per loaf.
Hot Chocolate French Toast
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 bag of Large Marshmallows
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Unsalted butter
Vegetable oil

Preheat Oven to 250 degrees.

Place heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl and lightly whisk until evenly incorporated and slightly thickened. Pour into your desired serving boat as this will be your substitute for traditional Maple Syrup.

Whip together eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Place as many slices of the loaf into shallow dish with custard mixture and allow to soak in for around 5 minutes turning once. Heat one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of vegetable oil in pan and place soaked bread onto hot skillet. Cook on each side for around 2-3 minutes until crisp and toasty. Place toast on baking sheet in oven until you've finished cooking the entire loaf.
When everything is toasty and delicious, cram as many Marshmallows as you can on top of each slice {I can safely fit around 9, remember they will expand} and place back into the 250 oven for around 5 mins until they get all puffy. Take them out and then blaze with your trusty kitchen torch! If you don't have a kitchen torch, never fear, just place the chocolate toast under your broiler until Marshamallow's are puffed and caramelized on the outside.

Drizzle with vanilla cream...
I'm not playing... this ones a life changer. If you've never made any of my recipes before, you just have to try this. Except you Jeanette, I'm still working on a Gluten recipe for you :)

Happy weekend beauties! Hope it's filled with a sweet love that fills you like this one did this morning!

xo t


  1. That's so cute - THANK YOU. I was already thinking about a gluten-free cheat version. I have a gluten-free choc' loaf of breadlike stuff (more like banana bread type thing) in the freezer and I was thinking I should take that to our friends house tonight (for our weekly game night)with a bag of marshmallows and we can indulge. I can't believe on top of all that you added cream - that's just fabulously decadent and I love that you did it :)!!!

  2. Eat it with a graham cracker spoon and you've got s'mores french toast. Looks amazing!!

  3. you SURE you don't want to meet my brother? then you could fall in love, get married, be my sis in law, and (most importantly) come over and make me this for breakfast? c'mon. pleeeeeeeease? ;) the marshmallows put it over the top.

    (and p.s. my bro would NEVER read that book. =)

    have a great weekend.

  4. I might go into a sugar coma afterward but I need to make this. And cookbooks are my reading material too, though I break them up with some general reading about food and cooking as well (up next: Alice Waters and Chez Panisse). I'm so hungry now but I can't eat until after my workout -- at least the workout will allow me to indulge in something extra decadent today.

  5. Jeanette: That's a brilliant idea! and you're so welcome!

    Wonderchris:'s like we're soul mates.

    Stephanie: You're my new girl crush and I can't wait until we're sisters ahahaha

    Brandi: It's perfect if you have someone to share it with! My Neighbor was actually heading to Tahoe with a bunch of girlfriends for a Bachelorette, so I made them all an impromptu breakfast. Great way to start a girly weekend! Enjoy your decadence xx

  6. Wow, I really want to make this, it looks so yummy! :)

    Principessa Gabriella

  7. holy moses! this looks delicious. i too fall asleep in a pile of books, don't worry! i wouldn't trust a guy who reads girl with the dragon tattoo either. seriously.


  8. That looks amazing. Seriously... I feel like the picture is scratch and sniff!

    I had someone recommend "The DaVinci Code" on a first date... he didn't get a second.

  9. Looks amazing! If only I could bake :)

  10. Lordy!! My kids wouldn't like that this weekend!!! I'll make the dinner and you make THIS! (hell I'm gonna make this) You got a knack baby!!

  11. I am all about this recipe. I need breakfast right now at 1.53pm. A breakfast of this!

  12. OMG OMG OMG, you're an Aussie! Me too! I am an Aussie turned Californian turned Texan. But I do fly out to Cali about 4 times a year and host a SoCal Blogger's Brunch once or twice a year. You'll have to come to the next one!

  13. Whaaat!!!? That looks incredible!!!

  14. woah! that looks dangerous. i want to buckle my seat belt just looking at those photos! also, Polyg-read-ist? you're way too funny!

  15. OMG. This seriously looks too good to be true!

  16. I think that this is 'to die for' - literally!

    But any friend of Jeanette's is a friend of mine and I'm happy to risk my teeth, arteries & butt for this 'cause it just looks so damn delicious!

    Thanks for the shot of sugar to start my weekend,

    felicity x

  17. Good God woman! That is the most outrageously decadent thing I've ever seen. Break me off a piece of that!

  18. I think I've died and gone to heaven. Sweet!

  19. As a person who finds that marshmallows and chocolate are vastly underused in all foods, I cannot wait to try this. I fully believe in the love I will feel at first taste--first sight has me smitten enough! Thanks for posting :)

  20. wow thats some seriously amazing breakfast!! i must give this a try, but i really doubt mine will look as good hehe :)

  21. This looks like the most delicious thing I've ever laid eyes on. I don't know if I trust myself to get it just right, but I am definitely emailing this recipe to myself so that if I feel brave one day, I can try it. It looks AMAZING. I'm jonesing over here.

  22. oh my!!!!! this looks soooo yummy!! maybe a bit too rich for me to eat the whole thing- but i for sure would be able to eat half!!!! thanks for sharing darling!!

    and thanks for visiting my blog! come back and follow!

  23. Wow! That looks so yummy ! Have a sweet day!

  24. oh yum yum yum. perfect weekend treat! and btw - i'm so with you on that awful moment when you realise the cullens do not exist :(

  25. omg! This is a mouth wathering post, I will think of it the entire day!
    Love your blog!



  26. firstly, hilarious ex convo. and secondly, that is the most delicious thing i have ever seen!

  27. Ohhh that so should be on my breakfast table tomorrow morning...Im so impressed and I cant wait to try this out...Yummy! Totally made my day:) Thanks,sweetie
    Happy Sunday

  28. I don't even know what this post was about. I just scrolled down, drooling over these photos with my mouth gaping wide. I'm back to LA the last weekend of March. Another hike? And some chocolate? It'll be FanTAStic! ; )

  29. holy rusty. this looks amazing. i got up and made myself some detox tea before clicking through the link. :)


  30. that looks aaah-mazing! perfectly decadent dessert...

  31. Oh my god, this looks 'seriously amazing'.


  32. Now that's what I call a slice of heaven!! YUMM!

    Happy Monday Dear! xo

    Oh, and pop by and enter by GIVEAWAY today!

  33. What? You did this? You made french toast out of chocolate cake?! Wow. Who comes up with these things? You.

    P.S. - my father in law loves that book. ;)


    November Grey

  34. Wow. Just when I thought I had seen the most decadent recipes that you had to offer, I should have known better! This looks spectacular!

  35. can we be roomates?
    p.s. i just finished that trilogy. it was pretty interesting but i WAS embarassed to be reading it on the trains. I'm vain like that.

  36. Well, now, I'm just going to have to follow you after this post. I have no choice :)

  37. the perks of being a neighbor: getting to taste test!! this is the most delicious recipe!!



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