I hope you and your family and friends are well and safe. So much has changed over the last few weeks and months, it amazes me. In an effort to spread even the tiniest bit of positivity, I’ve decided to share two small things that bring me joy.
A couple of years ago I was introduced to the miracle that is a gratitude practice. The premise is no matter what you’re going through or what’s going on around you, there’s always something to be grateful for if you look closely enough. It involves writing a list each night of at least 5 things you are grateful for specifically from that day. The idea is that it’ll keep your mind focussed on the positive things each day has to offer and eventually your perspective will be wired to look for and see the joy in every day, no matter how small.
With everything that has been going on in the world lately, I believe a gratitude practice is more important than ever. I continue to look for joy and try as much as possible to truly appreciate it, no matter how small it may seem. For example, today I am grateful to be reacquainted with a creative outlet. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we neglect the things that spark joy. For me, one of those things is blogging. I love everything from picking up interesting ingredients at the supermarket to experimenting in the kitchen and convincing family and friends to try my creations. I love every part of the process, from the annoyance that follows a less than stellar experiment to the involuntary happy dance I break into when an experiment absolutely bangs.
One experimental process I especially loved was the process of making (and eating!) these Churro French Toast Sticks! There was a lot of happy dancing involved in the making (and eating!) of this recipe.
The soft, fluffy, buttery sticks have the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Cooked in salted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar, they’re the same blend of perfection as the Hemsworth brothers. Topped with crispy bacon strips, there was an added layer of texture with the crispy crunch that also served to enhance the sweet/salty flavour profile. Pure perfection. I threw a few pieces of fruit on the side which levelled these bad boys all the way up, Ciara would have been proud. They were absolutely superb.
I can only liken these Churro French Toast Sticks to a winning lottery ticket. Not the tenner you won that one time. These are the big bucks. They’re a billion dollars on a plate. They’re good. So good you’ll chew in awe, swallow in marvel and gape in amazement that Churro French Toast Sticks actually happened to you. You won the lottery (of brunches)! They’re that good! From the butter to the bacon to the syrup to the cinnamon. So so so good! They have quickly become my absolute favourite late breakfast/brunch option.
With that modest overture, here’s the recipe!
- Brioche Loaf
- 1 Medium Egg
- 50ml Milk (Whole)
- ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
- ¼ tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (or ½ tsp Vanilla Extract)
- Salted Butter
- Churro Cinnamon Sugar
- ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2 tbs Granulated Sugar (or 1 tbs Caster Sugar)
- Selection of Fresh Fruit e.g. Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries
- Crispy Bacon
- Maple Syrup
- Start by cutting your brioche loaf into two 3cm thick slices.
- Cut each slide into thirds lengthways and remove the outer crust. This will give you thick rectangular pieces of bread, I call these sticks.
- In a shallow bowl e.g. a pasta bowl, combine the milk, egg, nutmeg and vanilla.
- Whisk until properly combined.
- Planning ahead, you'll want to prepare your cinnamon sugar now. Simply add your cinnamon to your sugar and mix until properly combined. Once combined, transfer to a flat plate and ensure the cinnamon sugar is evenly distributed across the plate.
- In batches of three, dip your brioche sticks into the eggy nutmeg and vanilla milk.
- Dip each of the four sides of your "sticks" in for a few seconds so that it is lightly coated but not soaked or too soggy.
- Add a tablespoon of salted butter to a warm frying pan.
- Depending on your pan size, you should be able to fry three sticks at a time.
- Fry the sticks, turning on each of the four sides until they're golden brown on all sides.
- Transfer your hot French toast sticks from the pan immediately to your cinnamon sugar and lightly roll the sticks across the plate so that each side is lightly covered with cinnamon sugar.
- Repeat the process once more with your remaining three brioche sticks.
- Serve your Churro French Toast Sticks with crispy bacon, sliced fruit and a light drizzle of maple syrup if you're feeling frisky.
- Most importantly, enjoy and savour each mouthful!
Although this recipe is awesome (again being super modest), you could make it even more awesome by putting your own spin on it. You could add dragonfruit, kiwi or blackberries as toppings. Use pancetta instead of bacon if you’re feeling fancy, or leave it out altogether. You could use chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce or even salted caramel sauce! Go wild! If you get the chance to try this recipe (in its original form or an inspired version), I would love love love to hear/see how it turned out! I would also love to know if you decided to adopt your own gratitude practice and if the Churro French Toast Sticks made it onto your list. Unsurprisingly, they made it onto mine!
Thanks for reading!