Bourbon Ball French Toast

contributed by Laura Ashley Egnew Davidson

 

Ingredients

Batter:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

French Toast:

  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf firm textured bread, preferably a baguette (The restaurant uses cinnamon swirl bread, so that is what I bought, even though that isn’t what this recipe called for.)
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Bourbon Vanilla Custard, recipe follows
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Kentucky Bourbon Whipped Cream, recipe follows
  • 1 pint fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup toasted pecan halves

Directions

For the batter: Beat all batter ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

For the French Toast: Slice the baguette into 18 thick slices. Soak the slices in the batter for about 3 minutes, turning to coat evenly on each side. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Lift the bread from the batter and place it in the hot pan. Add only enough slices to fit easily in the pan. Saute on both sides until golden brown. Keep warm until all slices have been cooked.

Place 3 slices on each plate. Drizzle with warm Bourbon Vanilla Custard. Garnish with chocolate syrup and Kentucky Bourbon Whipped Cream. Top with sliced strawberries and toasted pecan halves. Serve immediately.

Bourbon Vanilla Custard:

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Kentucky bourbon  (I left this out and the consistency was still good.)

Heat half-and-half and whipping cream in a small saucepan over low heat, until the mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat and set aside.

Whisk egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a stainless steel bowl for about 2 minutes or until the mixture thickens and lightens in color. Slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return the custard to the saucepan and place over low heat. Stir constantly until the mixture reaches 170 degrees F. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and bourbon. Serve immediately or hold over a hot water bath.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

 

Kentucky Bourbon Whipped Cream: 

(I just used premade whipped cream, but I’m sure this would be yummy)

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon

Whip cream in well chilled mixing bowl just until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and bourbon and whip just long enough to incorporate. Taste and adjust flavors. Chill until ready for use.

Yield: 3 cups

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