The Good Morning
- 1 pint strawberries, halved
- 1 cup grade B maple sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest, optional
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec, optional
- 8 thick slices 2-day-old bread, better if slightly stale
- Butter or vegetable oil, for cooking
- 1 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
- 2 cups marscapone
- 3 tablespoons demerara sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw
- Maple syrup, for serving
Special equipment: a kitchen torch
For the strawberries: Combine the strawberries with the grade B maple syrup and 1/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Let soak at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture, allowing the bread to soak up some of the mixture. Melt some butter (or use vegetable oil) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add as many slices of bread to the skillet as will fit at one time and fry until brown on both sides, flipping the bread when necessary. Repeat with the remaining bread.
To assemble: Spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread on half the pieces of French toast. Spread the marscapone on the others. Add the strawberries to the chocolate-hazelnut pieces and top with the marscapone pieces to make sandwiches. Sprinkle with the sugar and crystalize the tops with a kitchen torch. Serve with maple syrup.
NotesPropane gas torches are highly flammable and should be kept away from heat, open flame and prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should only be used in well-ventilated areas. When lighting a propane gas torch, place the torch on a flat, steady surface, facing away from you. Light the match or lighter and then open the gas valve. Light the gas jet, and blow out the match. Always turn off the burner valve to "finger tight" when finished using the torch. Children should never use a propane gas torch without adult supervision.