Curry French Toast with Tamarind Syrup

French toast is one of the most fantastic foods one could ever dream up.  It has a golden, sweet crust and a soft chewy inside.  The different spices play off one another in the background as you sink your teeth in.  It’s not sugary enough to be an honest dessert but just enough so that you feel guilty eating it for breakfast. A little bit.

Of course you can only eat the same thing so many times before you yearn for new flavors.  Some people add whipped cream or top it with berries.  I prefer to dream a little bit bigger.

This curry french toast is a delightful new take on this breakfast classic.  For those of you who get nervous about oriental spices, don’t be afraid, the curry flavor in no way overpowers the dish. It simply adds a whole new dimension to the spice dynamic of the toast, along with a little kick.  The tamarind syrup has all the sweetness of classic maple syrup with a tangyness that perfectly compliments the toast.

Combined, these flavors create a unique new take on this culinary classic!

Curry French Toast with Tamarind Syrup

  • 2 slices of stale bread (brioche or sourdough recommended)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon curry powder (mild or hot)
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash allspice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate

 

  1. Combine the eggs, heavy cream, sugar, curry power, cinnamon and allspice in a shallow bowl and mix thoroughly. Soak the stale bread in the egg mixture until thoroughly coated, approximately two minutes each.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan to medium-low heat.  Lightly sprinkle a bit of extra sugar on each side of the bread and lay each in the pan.  Cook on each side until lightly browned, approximately three minutes a side.
  3. While the toast is cooking, heat the syrup in the microwave.  Mix in the tamarind concentrate.
  4. Serve the toast onto a plate and lightly drizzle with the tamarind syrup.
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