Paleo Bacon Berry French Toast with Coconut Cream
It was the collision of two events that inspired this tasty breakfast. One, Ann Schuler received her delivery of "The Paleo Bread" and two, we did a long, hard workout this morning which called for some radical replenishment.
When on a cruise from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2005, I was introduced to breaded French toast. It was an amazing discovery that I recreated several times while working as a Private Chef. I would use fresh Challah and bread it with special K, then fry it in clarified butter and serve it with copious amounts of berries, butter and maple syrup.
Since paying closer attention to my diet, I had written off breaded french toast, but today that all changed... Here's how it went down:
I started by filling my iSi Cream dispenser with a can of coconut milk and placing it in the refrigerator.
I cooked 6 slices of bacon in a large saute pan until crispy. I left the bacon fat in the pan for cooking the French toast. I transferred the bacon to a paper towel and removed the pan from the heat..
I then prepped out my breading station which included blitzing half of a container of Paleo Krunch Original Recipe in the Vita Prep until it yielded nut-flour-like consistency.
I beat two farm-fresh-eggs in a bowl and removed three slices of bread from the loaf. You'll notice that the bread has a bit of a ghost-from-Pacman shape to it. This is because there were six loaves in the box and no partitions, so the top loaves took on the impression of the bottom loaves. If you work for The Paleo Bread and are reading this, I recommed partitions... My breading station looked like this:
I then placed the saute pan with bacon fat over high heat. I dipped the slices of bread, one at a time, in the eggs and then coated both sides of it with the Paleo Krunch and placed them in the preheated pan. It looked like this:
You'll notice that the front piece is a bit dark. You have to be very careful when cooking this stuff because the Paleo Krunch contains honey, which will caramelize and burn quickly. There is a fine balance of time and heat that will yield a crunchy-but-not-burnt piece of Pain Perdu (French for French Toast). Practice alone will teach you this skill. While the Pain Perdu was cooking, I chopped and rinsed some berries.
The breaded bread cooked for approximately 1 minute on each side and then I removed it to a paper towel, grabbed the coconut cream and was ready to start plating.
I layered this bad boy, but you can serve it however you'd like. Here is the first layer: one slice of toast, some berries, three squirts of whipped coconut cream and two slices of bacon. This may be a meal in itself for some people...
And the finished product.
It looked like this just before I dug into it.
A few more shots:
I had good intentions of eating the whole thing, but let's be realistic, this is a lot of food. The bread is more dense than a traditional egg bread, so I helped it with a little Pure Maple Syrup. It would have been "good to the last bite" if only I had room, but it definitely evoked The Cave Crave. This is how far I got:
I would recommend one or two layers served with a couple of eggs over easy. Or, you could share this with one other hungry CrossFitter just after a 32 minute breather WOD... Or, you can just look at the pictures, imagine how it tastes and never make it. The choice is yours...
As a matter of fact, many choices are yours including all of the food you put in your mouth today. You are an adult, use your noggin and make wise decisions. Plan ahead, stock your fridge, be informed and "Keep It Paleo!"
The Bro and The Jo doing their favorite workout.
Oh yah, and that Clean As You Go concept... It does not apply when simultaneously cooking breakfast for The Jo and The Bro...
The other counter:
Here are the ingredients and nutrition facts for The Paleo Bread:
And Paleo Krunch:
Be a friend and make someone this breakfast...
As Always, "Keep it Paleo!"
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I’ve been a cook for the past 17 years and a CrossFitter since 2008. It is my passion to share my cooking knowledge through the videos on this site. Please allow me to be your Guide to Culinary Fitness and help you “Keep it Paleo!”