This peanut butter and jelly french toast is a king among brunches. Dripping with sweet jam and salty peanut butter it’s a taste sensation. Plus, it takes less than twenty minutes to make so brunch can be on the table in no time.
I’m sure you all know by now that brunch is my favourite meal, it makes my world go around. Any time Kris and I have a day off together my mind instantly whirls with suggestions of where to go for brunch. Do I want savoury or sweet, fancy or greasy spoon, do we want to drive or go somewhere we can walk? I’ll sit in silence, searching my mind palace for the perfect morning spot. A few months ago I did just that, I sat running through the list in my head before landing on a tried and tested favourite of mine, The Wild Trapeze in Heaton. This little family run joint is a regular hangout of ours. We’ll often stop in for a London Fog Latte and a hunk of cake on our way home and have been seen nursing a hangover while tucking into a full English on more than one occasion. When we arrived my eyes darted straight to a new special on the menu, peanut butter and jelly french toast. I didn’t even need to deliberate, it was nailed on, that’s mine!
Well, it came and it did not disappoint. I almost did a little cry when I tried the first bite. It was the most perfect combination I’d ever devoured. Kris was green with envy, regretting his decision to go savoury while I was pouring over my sweet treat. I thought about that french toast a lot, and I mean, a lot. I even went back to indulge again but it was gone, no longer gracing the menu. I was distraught. So when Kris’ special Birthday breakfast was approaching, I decided to set about recreating it at home. I will master peanut butter and jelly french toast and make it mine and oh man, I did it, I bloody did it.
I have to admit, this is an indulgent one. Kept for special occasions, you don’t want this to become a regular occurrence for risk of sugar comas. It really is a treat, something to savour and look forward to. Kris has proclaimed that peanut butter and jelly french toast is the only Birthday breakfast he wants for the rest of his life, he’s been looking forward to next year since he finished his last bite. I might even surprise him with it on Christmas morning, but shhhh.
I used raspberry jam as the jelly portion of the sandwich but you can use any flavour you like. I was recently schooled on the difference between jam and jelly by an American a few weeks ago, apparently jelly is made from the fruit juice while jam is made from the whole fruit (do I have that right, America?). You can use whichever you like in this recipe but I will always prefer jam, I like a bit of fruity chunk (and seeds, I bloody love seeds) in my preserves.
This recipe can serve 4 people sensibly or 2 very greedy Geordies.Print
This peanut butter and jelly french toast is a king among brunches. Dripping with sweet jam and salty peanut butter it’s a taste sensation. Plus it takes less than twenty minutes to make so brunch can be on the table in no time.
- 2 large, free range eggs
- 75ml whole milk
- 1tbsp cinnamon
- 8, thick slices of brioche
- Smooth peanut butter
- Jam or jelly in any flavour you like, I went with raspberry
- 2tbsp butter chopped peanuts, maple syrup and a handful of berries to serve
- Whisk the eggs, milk and cinnamon together in a large, shallow bowl. Spread 4 slices of the brioche with the peanut butter. Spread remaining 4 slices of bread with the jam. Sandwich one peanut butter and one jam slice together to make four peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
- Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture making sure to coat each side. Melt 1tbsp of butter in a large, heavy bottomed frying pan over a medium heat and fry each sandwich for around 3 minute per side, until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm while you make the remaining sandwiches.
- Cut each sandwich in half and serve with a dusting of icing sugar, maple syrup and sprinkle over some chopped peanuts and mixed berries.
You can use any flavour of jam or jelly you like. Use your favourite peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, it really doesn’t matter.
- Category: Brunch
Keywords: Brunch, Breakfast, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Jam, French Toast