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Vanilla French Toast with Macerated Strawberries
and spinach salad

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With Mother's Day on Sunday, we wanted this week to include a brunch-friendly option, and this colorful meal will be great saved for the weekend or as a midweek breakfast-for-dinner. 
Smarts: Macerated strawberries are simply fresh strawberries tossed with a bit of sugar. The sugar draws out moisture and creates a beautiful red strawberry syrup that is a great stand-in for maple syrup (but feel free to serve syrup on the side too if you'd like). 

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Macerated Strawberries:
  • Strawberries - 2 cups, quartered or sliced if large
  • Sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Mint, fresh (opt) - 4 leaves, very finely chopped
Vanilla French Toast:
  • Eggs - 4
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp, plus more for serving
  • Bread, thick-cut - 8 slices (brioche bread is great here)
Spinach Salad:
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Strawberries - 1 cup, quartered or sliced if large
  • Baby spinach - 6 oz
  • Goat cheese - 3 oz, crumbled (sub feta)
  • Almonds, sliced or slivered (opt) - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Macerate strawberries - Slice into quarters (if prepping ahead, just slice the portion for the macerated strawberries). Stir in sugar (portion for strawberries). Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and olive oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Strawberries (portion for salad) / Mint - Prep as directed.

  4. Eggs - Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar (portion for toast), vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. Pour into a baking dish or shallow bowl.

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Make

  1. Heat a large griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat. Add butter and spread around to melt over the surface of the pan.

  2. Working with one slice of bread at a time, add it to the dish with the whisked eggs and turn to coat. Let excess egg mixture drip off and then transfer bread to buttered pan. Sear bread on both sides until completely cooked through and golden brown on the outside, 2 to 4 minutes per side. (Note: Reduce temperature as needed to insure that the bread heats all the way through while the outside stays golden.) Do this in batches if needed, adding some more butter between each batch. Set cooked French toast aside, covered to keep warm.

  3. When French toast is done, spread baby spinach out in a large serving bowl. Top with strawberries (portion for the salad), goat cheese, and almonds. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Add some fresh-cracked black pepper on top if you’d like.

  4. Stir mint into macerated strawberries.

  5. Divide French toast between serving plates. Top with macerated strawberries (including some of the liquid that has gathered in the bottom of the bowl, which is a great stand-in for traditional syrup). Enjoy with salad on the side.

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17 reviews

Terrific French toast. I only had the tiniest amount of milk so we subbed half and half. The thick slices were delicious but a little tricky to ensure complete cooking. We used raspberries because I had some in the freezer from last season. Skipped the salad.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 13, 2022
Diet: Original
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My husband and kids made the French toast for me for Mother's Day and it was so good. Great with the thick brioche bread we had!

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 10, 2022
Diet: Original
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This was a big hit. It has been added to the “make again” list! We did add a side of bacon and did not make the salad.

By: Lindsey
Posted: May 09, 2022
Diet: Original
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Nice and easy! Never macerated strawberries before, but this is a great technique to sweeten them up.

By: Olu
Posted: May 08, 2022
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Only made the french toast part of the recipe. Was very tasty and easy. Definitely a keeper!

By: Katie
Posted: May 07, 2022
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Super yuumy. Very strawberry-rific. I tried doing the french toast in the oven, but that took much longer than if I had used a pan.

By: Kristin
Posted: May 07, 2022
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