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Recipe: King Cake French Toast

King Cake French Toast Mix

King Cake French Toast Mix

King cake isn’t just a Mardi Gras dessert, it’s a Mardi Gras food group. To expand it to the brunch category, try this King Cake French Toast.

Dipping the king cake in the traditional French toast egg mix actually cuts some of the sweetness of regular king cake. Try it for breakfast or brunch this Carnival season.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of king cake (about 1/2-inch thick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • King Cake French Toast in the Pan

    King Cake French Toast in the Pan

  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

    King Cake French Toast

    King Cake French Toast

  1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, brown sugar and salt.
  2. Dip two pieces of king cake in egg mixture and let the cake soak up some of the egg mixture (about 30 seconds). Turn over and let the opposite side soak.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 TBSP butter.
  4. Transfer two pieces of king cake to skillet and let cook for 3 to 5 minutes then flip and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until both sides are browned.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 then serve.

Most of the icing will melt and/or be absorbed into the cake itself, but this actually helps add some sweetness to the dish. Syrup shouldn’t be necessary.

And make sure that plastic baby isn’t in a piece before you throw it in the skillet. Happy Mardi Gras!

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Brunch, Cookin', Recipes

 

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Review: Sucré

Santiago at Sucre

Santiago at Sucr&eactue;

Sucré is THE place to go in New Orleans for all things sweet. Executive Pastry Chef Tariq Hanna has many tricks up his sleeves that even Willy Wonka couldn’t have fathomed.

Sucré’s bread and butter item is the macaroon, a sweet meringue confection similar to a cookie. The macaroons at Sucré are plentiful and the flavors change regularly. Some of my favorites (and I’ve tried just about all of them) are Pecan, Bananas Foster, Salted Caramel, King Cake (seasonal to Mardi Gras) and Peppermint (seasonal to the holiday season).

But Sucré didn’t build its house on macaroons alone. They also have top-notch chocolates in unique shapes and flavors. I’ve never had one that disappointed, and I’m not the world’s biggest chocolate fan. Each one has its own unique flavor profile that is more than a taste, it’s an experience.

Both the macaroons and chocolates from Sucré ship out of New Orleans. Fortunately, living in New Orleans offers me the opportunity to order off the boutiques dessert menu (can’t ship those).

Smores Skillet

Smores Skillet

My favorite things to order are the adult milkshakes. Delicious gelato is mixed with chocolate or caramel syrup and liqueur to create perfect shakes. No burger and fries necessary.

Aside from the shakes, my favorite dessert at Sucré is the Smores Skillet. Served in a mini iron skillet, chocolate cake is layered between graham cracker crust and a marshmallow topping. This dessert beats camping any day. It also comes with a scoop of Sucré’s vanilla gelato.

The Red Velvet Cake is also a delicious treat, especially if you get it warmed.

If you’re looking for cooler (temperature-wise) desserts, the gelato and sorbets will hit the sweet spot. They frequently rotate, but my favorite by far is the Coconut Basil sorbet. The Cookies and Cream gelato is also solid. All the gelatos can be turned into a sundae as well including some of Sucré’s signature sundaes.

Sucre Cupcakes

Cupcakes at Sucré

Sucré also receives a lot of attention for its king cake. It’s covered with an edible glitter icing that makes it one of the prettiest king cakes in town. That said, the flavor is just ok for me. I read an interview where Hanna said he didn’t want it to be a sweet version, so he succeeded in his vision. After eating it though, I do wish it was sweeter, but it’s not bad by any means.

I could go on and on about Sucré and still fail to cover just all of the sweet stuff this place offers. It’s best you go in and experience this New Orleans candyland for yourself.

Your sweet tooth and taste buds will thank you extensively for treating them to Sucré. There are currently two boutiques in the New Orleans area. One on Magazine in New Orleans, the other near Lakeside Mall in Metairie.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Eatin'

 

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