Saturday, 14 April 2012

Rabanada: Brazilian French Toast

I'm not sure why I started thinking about deep-frying French toast, but the thought was there. I realised a long time ago that there is no such thing as originality in food - every idea I have ever had, someone else has had before me and has already blogged about it - so a quick search for deep-fried French toast turned up this divine confection Rabanada.

I didn't follow the recipe competely (didn't have condensed milk so just added some extra sugar, used stale brioche instead of baguette) but the essence of custard-soaked bread, deep-fried until crisp outside and melting in the middle, and then tossed in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar and cocoa, was there. I served it with strawberries macerated in a little icing sugar until they produced their own juicy syrup.

As an indulgent, special occasion version of French toast I think I still prefer torrijas, but this is definitely the way to go if you are making breakfast for people who don't want alcohol in the morning. It's probably also a good idea to make sure no one has any particular plans for the day after making this - it's a breakfast that encourages sloth and languor.


9 comments:

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Love French toast, and this is an interesting variation! Might make some for tomorrow.

Caroline said...

Wow that sounds good - anything soft and custardy in the middle sounds good to me. Yum.

Angie's Recipes said...

Definitely make a satisfying and delicious breakfast for me!

Hotly Spiced said...

What a great start to the day. Love how you've served it with fresh strawberries. It must have been so delicious xx

Foodycat said...

Leafy - you could do a Brazilian themed day of rabanada and capoeira!

Caroline - oh me too! I am a sucker for custard.

Angie - satisfying is definitely the word.

HS - the strawberries saved it from being too sweet.

Barbara said...

That looks sooooo good! Probably should not be reading this before breakfast! :)
Love the idea of condensed milk. Sort of a fried bread pudding. YUM!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

French toast is hands-down, my all time, absolute favourite breakfast. Never would have thought of deep-frying it though - that's genius! It's going to be on my mind constantly now until I try it.
Sue :-)

Deb in Hawaii said...

I think a little deep-frying with some occasional sloth and languor is good for the soul! ;-)

Foodycat said...

Barbara - very much a fried bread pudding!

Sue - it's a slippery slope, reading food blogs!

Deb - I totally agree.

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