Friday, August 9, 2019

French Toast and Rice Krispies!

Is that a winning combo, or what? One thing's for sure, it's definitively sweet enough for the most discriminating of sweet tooth. Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat, the authors behind the new cookbook Bite Me! stopped by Tonia's Kitchen to talk about their French Toast Soufflé with Candied Rice Krispies. It sounds fancy and complicated, but it's sweet and simple, with everyone from 5-year-olds to 5-year-old at hearts loving this decadent dessert dish. It's essentially French Toast, soaked overnight, with t
he Rice Krispies and caramel sauce.  What's not to like?

Candied Rice Krispies

1/2 cup sugar2 tbsp water
4 cups Rice Krispies cereal

French Toast

2 egg breads (challahs), crusts left on and cubed (approximately 14 cups)
1 (8oz/250g) package cream cheese, softened
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Topping

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 tbsp corn syrup


1) For the candied Rice Krispies, in a large pot (that is both deep and has a wide bottom), bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute without stirring. Gently stir in Rice Krispies and continue to cook over medium heat, just until they are golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately pour Rice Krispies onto a baking sheet to cool. Once cooled they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

2) For the French toast, coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place cubed bread evenly throughout the dish.

3) Place the cream cheese in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth. Add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition and making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Whisk in milk, half-and-half, maple syrup and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Pour over bread cubes to moisten evenly, pressing lightly to submerge the bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.

4) Once ready to bake, remove baking dish from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350°F.

5) For the caramel topping, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until well combined, about 2 minutes. Immediately pour over French toast and cover with candied Rice Krispies. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until puffed and golden, about 40-45 minutes.

Serves 8