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Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

Thursday, February 13, 2014

cardamom french toast with balsamic pears – valentine’s day breakfast

Hope y’all are staying warm in light of this crazy weather phase. Over here we got at least a foot of snow overnight…with more to come! While one of my friend’s loves to venture up to Cold Spring to play in deep, frozen water, my immediate reaction is to nestle underneath a heavy blanket with a good read. (Maybe build a snowman or two.)

Staying at home inevitably leads to cooking up experiments in the kitchen. And with Sweethearts & Singles Day close by, why not make it a lil’ romantic? While holed up with cookbooks and a hot kitchen, I start dreaming up a decadent breakfast in bed. After a few runs with overly fancy scrambled eggs and dried-out buttermilk biscuits, I’m excited to share Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears.

Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

This dish is the perfect balance of sweet and savory in my book. The tangy, reduced balsamic vinegar sauce soaks into the hearty, darkly-spiced loaf, while the sautéed pears add extra bite and a touch of sweetness. The egg and toast keep things from turning saccharine, though. All that is fancy talk for saying this dish is plain delicious…and a real treat to share with a partner, family, or sweet roommates.

The biggest things to remember are pretty darn simple: thoroughly whisk the eggs, soak the bread for long enough, get your skillet very hot, and cook over medium-high heat. Ka-bam! Delicious, whole-wheat French toast.

Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

Along with tasting delicious, this recipe is a healthier alternative to traditional French toast. The balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants that are similar to those found in red wine, taking the place of high-fructose corn sugar in pancake syrup. The whole wheat bread is a great alternative to stale, challah bread made with white wheat. Also, the coconut oil which lightly fries the egg can withhold high temperatures and positively affects hormones for blood-sugar and thyroid control. Basically, this ain’t as nutritious as a salad, but it’s a nice, hearty treat and awesome for a special occasion.

To sip with the meal, try out a tall glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice with mint. Psst: the extra Vitamin C helps prevent getting sick in this weather. Isn’t it nice that cold-battling citrus comes into season right when we need it?

cardamom french toast with balsamic pears – valentine’s day breakfast

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves two people

Ingredients

  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 pears
  • 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Balsamic reduction: In a small pot, heat up the balsamic vinegar over high heat until simmering. Turn down heat to medium and keep at a simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the balsamic is reduced to a 1/3 the original amount. (Watch it closely toward the end, as it could disappear.)
  2. Pears: Slice the pears in half and remove the seeds and stems. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes. In a skillet, warm up 1/2 tsp. coconut oil over medium heat, and saute the fruit for five minutes, stirring occasionally. When they're slightly softened and lightly browned, remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. French toast A: Crush the cardamom pods, discard the shells, and grind the seeds. In a bowl, whisk together all spices, milk, eggs, and honey. Pour the mixture into a flat container (pie glass/tupperware), and soak each piece of bread in the mix for at least a minute on each side.
  4. French toast B: Heat up 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the pan is piping hot, lay down the first two pieces of bread. Reduce heat to medium high, and lightly fry the bread until golden brown. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is golden brown. Place on plate and repeat this step with the other two pieces of bread.
  5. Plating: On each plate stack two slices of French toast. Drizzle over the syrupy balsamic, then layer on the warm pears. Enjoy immediately.
http://spicedcuriosity.com/cardamom-french-toast-with-balsamic-pears/

I hope you thoroughly enjoy your Valentine’s Day weekend. Hopefully this tasty dish adds to the fun!

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7 Comments

  1. Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    This looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

    • admin
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Rach! :)

  2. Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    wow, this sounds amazing. i love the twist on old boring breakfast! (don’t get me wrong, i still love old boring breakfast). i might need to try this this weekend!

    • admin
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      I’m a “boring breakfast” fan myself, but it’s nice to spice things up once in a while!

  3. Posted February 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    “nestle underneath a heavy blanket” – your lyrical writing is just as comforting as the dishes you create – always a pleasure to read your posts :)

    • admin
      Posted February 24, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Jennifer :)

  4. Miachel
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!

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  1. By harry on August 19, 2014 at 4:28 am

    .

    good info!!

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