Saturday, July 17, 2010

Croissant French Toast w/ Strawberry Syrup + A Cajun Waltz

Since I have guests for the weekend, I wanted to make something special for breakfast this morning. With fresh Louisiana strawberries in abundance, right now, I decided to make this heavenly recipe , that I have adapted from "Southern Living, "40 Years of Our Best Recipes, 2007". Definitely one of my favorites! Oh cest bon, cher! Enjoy!


 

Croissant French Toast w/Strawberry Syrup
4 large day old croissants
2 large eggs
3/4 cup half and half, or milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbs.'s powdered sugar

Slice croissants in half, lengthwise. In shallow pan, whisk together half and half, or milk, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Dip croissant halves into mixture, coating well. Melt 1 tbs. butter in a large nonstick skillet, over medium heat. Add 4 croissant halves and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with Fresh Strawberry Syrup. (recipe below) and perhaps a bit of whipped cream.

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbs.'s light corn syrup
1/4 cup orange juice

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Stir and let stand until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, then cook over low heat, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over French toast. Divine!



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I've received a request for a Cajun Waltz and here is a little clip that I took of the High Performance Band, swaying the crowd at Festival International de Louisiane, in April. Hope that ya'll are having a fabulous, fun filled, summer weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

High Performance Band
 
video

20 comments:

Jeni said...

Oh boy! You're doing it to me again, Margaurite! Such yummy stuff on display. However, since I don't have any day-old croissants nor do I even have any fresh strawberries in the house -not at the immediate moment anyway -it does speak to me that this would make for a really fantastic brunch that we could enjoy after church tomorrow, late in the morning. Gives me time to pick up some strawberries tonight perhaps and well, with the kids, using regular bread to make french toast would probably work better with them as they tend to eat only things they are familiar with -croissants not being of that ilk, ya know. Thanks for the idea for a good and delicious meal tomorrow -if all works as planned anyway!

Kathryn Magendie said...

DANG! I LOOOOOOOOOOVE french toast - now I want some even though I just ate homemade pizza -- lawd!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Yum Yum Marguerite!
I love starwberries and this looks fantastic.
I also like raspberries - we used to grow them in our garden.
Lucky guests I say! Having you for company, plus all this lovely food as well. Have you told them how nice I am? LOL
I listened to the Cajun Waltz and counted 1,2,3 - 1,2,3. I also watched some of the dancing - it looks as though anything goes which means I may be able to manage it witrh a great deal of assistance from you! LOL

Finally, I was very pleased to hear that BP have capped the oil leak. Let's hope it is a permanent solution.

Oh and the fiasco at my blogs! I explain on Plato but in essence I did a double senior moment and posted using the wrong date! LOL
And of course that confused Blogger! which refused to remove notication of the posting from followers' side bars. LOL

Drick said...

just wonderful, what a nice summery breakfast or brunch dish. nothing beats fresh strawberries and with this one you've nailed the taste ... great waltz, for a moment, I thought I saw you to swaying by.....

Joanne said...

I enjoyed that Cajun Waltz, are the couples all moving around in a large circle? It looks very chill, an easygoing dance.

judi said...

The french toast looks wonderful, but girl, the waltz brought tears to my eyes, I miss my daddy and doing that waltz with him!
A wonderful memory, thanks.

lakeviewer said...

Oh so sinfully good!

Cloudia said...

be right over, Cher





Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Linda Starr said...

Never knew what to do with dried out croissants, did it with french bread, but this is just devine.

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Wow, that looks so incredible. When can I come over for breakfast!? :-)

I recently altered a banana toffee cake recipe and thought of you. It came out like banana bread pudding without the pudding. I just need the rum sauce for next time! :-) -- http://www.mandylifeafter30.com/2010/07/book-review-heart-of-matter-and-banana.html

Nancy said...

That just looks so sinfully delicious! I love french toast, but have never tried it with croissants. And the home-made syrup! Your guests won't want to leave.

Marguerite said...

Jeni- Great to hear from you! Thanks, so glad that you like the recipe. Regular bread will work fine, but the strawberry syrup is a must try! You're welcome, Thanks for coming by!

Kathryn- So do I, and it's so easy to make, sha! Get GMR to make it for you and serve it to you in bed with your morning coffee! lol Homemade pizza sounds fab!

Eddie- Merci beaucoup for your sweet compliments, cher!! So glad that you liked the recipe and the clip! Yep, it's just 1-2-3 and stay in the circle. I'm sure that you could! The women have the hard part, dancing backwards! lol
Yes, finally, a ray of hope!

Drick- Thanks for the lovely comment, mon ami! We've had a bumper crop of strawberries, this year. I was behind the camera on this one, but am dancing in a few others! Merci for coming by!

Joanne- Thanks, so happy you enjoyed it! Yes, the Cajun waltz is performed in a large circle, with the dancers moving in a counter-clockwise direction. I love to waltz, it's so much fun!

Judi- Thanks, cher! Awww, that is so sweet and I'm so glad that it touched you in such a special way. You're so welcome. Have a great week!

GYPSYWOMAN said...

oh, girl - can life be any better??? and you remind us so wonderfully just how it "should" be!!! absolutely divine, dear marguerite!!! many hugs!

Velva said...

You do it right every time. A great meal to fill your belly and a dance afterwards :-)

btw, I am hoping that oil leak can be 100% contained. Thank God, they were able to cap it at least temporarily.

Kora Bruce [Dixie Lust] said...

ohhhh my goodness. you have no idea how hungry this makes me. i lovvve strawberries and i love french toast.

how about i just start showing up around your table??

Kathleen said...

Wow! Yes please!! Want some NOW!!!

Make a Roux said...

That could not look more delicious! One of the things I miss about Louisiana is the strawberries! The ones here in Cali just aren't very good. :(

Katherine Aucoin said...

Oh Marguerite, you evil woman!!! lol

I'm smacking my lips. You certainly raised the bar on French toast cher!

Marguerite said...

lakeviewer- Thanks, cher! The strawberry syrup is fab! Enjoy!

Cloudia- Merci, I would love it if you could! Aloha, cher!

Linda- Thanks, it's a very good use of "day old" croissants. And so easy!

Mandy- So good to hear from you, cher! Thanks, I'd love to have you over for breakfast, anytime!

Nancy- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! It is a real treat and I hope that you try it!

GYPSY- Only when served with a crawfish omelette! lol Thanks, so glad you stopped by!

Tad Caudill said...

Both the kids wanted French Toast this morning and I wanted to do it right. One quick search on your blog and both are happy enjoying a slow sunday. Thank you. It turned out great.