French Toast with Berries
Author - Alyssa Rimmer
Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you were able to spend time with your family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, maybe even grilling like so many of us do on the wonderful holiday. Most importantly though, I hope you were able to take some time to remember those who have courageously served our country and risked their lives to protect the life that we live. This day is for them and they deserve our love, recognition and support.
Our long weekend was spent in heaven. My own personal slice of heaven in an old, family beach cottage settled on the rocky shores of Kennebunkport, Maine. We did all the things I love. Went to the beach, ate lobster, went shopping, rode our bikes, ate goat cheese (yes, I have found I can eat goat cheese – big news!) and drank fine wine, watched the sun set over the Atlantic. Paradise on earth.
I've wrote about it before, but Spouting Rock Cottage is my happy place. It reminds me of my family, brings back childhood memories and always involves fun in the sun. It's the one place that I feel happy 100% of the time. The familiar sounds and smells, waves crashing against the rocks, the salty sea air, I'm swept away to a world of rest and relaxation.
So now you may be wondering how french toast comes into this picture. I'm sure you already know, but I seriously love breakfast. Especially sweet, syrupy breakfasts, like blueberry pancakes, waffles and french toast. They're traditional, something that I turn to when I want a comforting, filling breakfast, but they also always bring my family to my mind with each bite. What better way to enjoy my time in Maine than with a delicious homemade breakfast?
The simplicity of french toast is what makes it so amazing. With only five ingredients, you have a spectacular, decadent breakfast in front of you. And enjoyed with friends and family, just makes it that much better.
I remember whipping up french toast with my dad when I was a little girl. Marveling at the ease in which he beat the eggs, milk and cinnamon together. Gently soaking the bread on each side, then adding them to the pan, sizzling away until they were nice and golden brown. Mmm…
In celebration of Memorial Day, I wanted to spice up my french toast with some red and blue. I was hoping to have strawberries and blueberries – the classic red and blue sweet treats – but they aren't in season and organic berries are out of control expensive. But blackberries were on sale and organic red cherries are one of my favorite fruits, and it was settled – my celebratory red and blue.
French Toast with Berries
- 4 pieces of gluten-free bread
- 2 large, organic eggs
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 carton of blackberries (or berries of your choosing)
- 1 cup cherries (pitted and cut in half)
- Syrup and cinnamon for serving
In a small baking dish, beat the eggs, milk and cinnamon together.
Heat a frying pan on medium heat and grease with non stick cooking spray.
Dip each slice of bread into the egg-milk batter, flipping them over, making sure that each side of the bread is fully coated.
Add the bread to the pan, cooking for 2 – 3 minutes until golden brown. Flip over and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
Serve warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup. Top with fresh berries and fruit and enjoy!