Recipe: Boozy French Toast with a Blueberry Mascarpone Topping.

Breakfast is a topic I really have neglected here on Braised Blue, and with last week’s Frittata recipe and today’s french toast extravaganza the most important meal of the day is finally getting it’s due.

This is not your normal breakfast recipe this is not something you make for the kids before school* it’s more of one of those special occasion breakfasts where you want to impress someone. Possible if you have friends visit or possibly that first morning after a significant other sleeps over. This is one of those knock you on your ass over the top breakfasts that you would feel horrible guilt about if you did it regularly.

Ingredients:

4 thick slices of Brioche

3 eggs (beaten)

Navan**

1 ts Cinnamon

2 cups- Mascarpone cheese(leave out for half an hour to bring the cheese to room temp.)

Lemon zest

1 cup of blueberries

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup Ameretto

Directions:

The Topping… In a pot on low heat add butter, blueberries, ameretto, and vinegar. Stir the mixture until the blueberries are soft and the liquid in the bottom of the pot has reduced by half.  In a mixing bowl add your mascarpone and hand kneed it until it becomes soft and pliable. Add your blueberry, ameretto, butter mixture and stir it in with the cheese. You don’t want it to be uniform you want the blueberry and the reduction to almost marble the cheese. Then put the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.

The Toast… Beat your eggs into a wide bowl, mix in a few splashes of Navan. Dredge your brioche into the egg/booze mixture. Then dust the wet bread with the cinnamon. In a medium heat(and oiled) pan, place the dredged bread. Ok really do I need to explain how to cook french toast? Like cook it and the outside of the bread gets kind of an egg crust on the outside. But seriously if you can’t figure out when your french toast is done I am not sure why you are reading this. Anyway I appreciate your readership and please continue to read. But if you can’t figure out if you french toast is properly cooked seriously I am not sure why you are reading food blogs.***

Once you take the french toast out of the pan. Spoon a healthy amount of the cheese topping onto the hot bread. This will melt the topping just enough to make it a little bit messy but not over the top messy. Eat and enjoy/feel guilty later.

*And not just because serving children alcohol before school is a bad idea. It’s heavy and totally unhealthy.

**A vanilla flavoured cognac…note to self do a piece on eau du vie sometime in the future. That should be good drunken fun.

***I am sorry, I love you,(my readers) enough to usually only be passive aggressive, but not today. I am punchy and I feel like you should all be able to pull off french toast.