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FRENCH TOAST WITH BRIE AND BOOZY VANILLA BEAN BERRY COMPOTE – FOOD PORN

May 11, 2010
I have met the devil….and his name is CHEESE! He lives in Twitter and he is out to get me via sweet names like Marisa (Creative Pot) Sigrid (Cooking and Eating with Polkadot Cupcake), Nina (My Easy Cooking), Nina ( @luna_pixie ), Nicola (Wot’s For Lunch) and Jeanne ( ex SA award winning blogger expat extraordinaire Cook Sister).  Let me tell you the story…..

 

On Friday Marisa and Sigrid started what turned into  a cheese slut confessional on Twitter. Not long and Nina (that innocent one from My Easy Cooking ) was suggesting  a quick event in  a “quest for cheese domination”  I kid you not!! At that stage all the other ladies jumped onto the bandwagon and I found myself co-opted into the club #cheesesluts by Jeanne. She even told me to wear my badge with pride. The devil does say things like that. He is cunning and wily.  I had to do a quick rush around between tweets to see what it was all about. I am slow with these things you know….. 🙂 So what I found out was….The mission: CHEESE DOMINATION! Could it be mine? Of course it could. I could be as big a cheese slut as anybody else if I put my mind to it….and if I put my Low GI diet plan into dire danger.

Cheese domination won the day…….There I’ve said it. My particular vision came to me after I saw a photograph via twitter (see I told you that evil lurks everywhere) of the most delicious looking french bread with oozing brie cheese in the middle and summer berries & maple syrup sprinkled over. I have searched today for that blog picture and I cannot find it. I forgot to bookmark it. Did I imagine it? Surely not! The weekend was the perfect time to do something like I was planning. Mine turned into a lazy laid back brunch with a slight kick in it 🙂

 
This is how I did it…….
 
For the Toast
1 Wedge of Brie Cheese – at room temperature with the rind peeled off thinly and the cheese cut into slices
4 Slices White Bread – or Brioche or Raisin Bread will do
2 Eggs
Just a dash of Milk
Small pinch of Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Knob of butter
 
For the berry compote
5oog Mixed Berries (I used blackberries,raspberries,blueberries & strawberries that I have frozen)
1 shot of Cherry Liqueur (I used a homemade one from last summer’s cherries)
2 Tbs Castor Sugar
1/2 Vanilla Pod – slit lengthwise down the middle
 
Starting with the compote place all the ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil making sure the sugar has dissolved. Allow to simmer for just a few minutes until the berries just start collapsing a bit. Set aside to cool a little bit while you make the french toast
 
Lightly beat the egg and milk together then pour into a plate
Using a thick based skillet or frying pan over medium to high heat melt the butter in the pan
Dip each slice of bread into the egg mix then place into the pan and fry on each side until lightly browned
Place the slices of cheese onto two slices of the toast, top with the other two slices and return it to the pan with a bit more butter and continue cooking until the cheese in the middle turns ooey gooey and starts oozing out the sides of the bread.
Place one sandwich on a plate cut in half to make two triangles, place on top of each other then drizzle with a ladle full of the warm berry compote.
Dust lightly with icing sugar and tuck in while the cheese is still oozy….

See if you can read what’s written on the glass Jeanne – this one’s for you!
 
Enjoy!!
And don’t forget to pop over to the other cheese sluts to see what they are doing with this particular quest for cheese domination!!
 
Cheese Sluts Rule!!!
 
Dear Lord, please help me! The devil wants me fat!!
Colleen xx
 
22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2010 6:42 AM

    A feast for the eyes and the belly, so early in the morning. You’re a cruel woman!

  2. May 11, 2010 8:05 AM

    You mean that you made homemade Cherry Liqueur last summer and it hasn’t all been drunk up yet? Wow! But what a way to use it! This looks amazing, decadent and luscious! I seriously cannot imagine a better way to eat cheese than frying up golden grilled sandwiches and smothering them under this berry-licious fruit/sauce. Gorgeous! Food Porn, indeed! Licking the screen.

    • November 5, 2010 12:30 PM

      I made a LOT Jamie….LOL! But it really is all finished now and I am getting ready to make the next lot. Cherry season is around the corner now 🙂 xx

  3. JustMe permalink
    May 11, 2010 8:25 AM

    If that is what Cheese Sluts eat, you have converted me!!!!!!!

    *copy, paste, print*

  4. chocswirl permalink
    May 11, 2010 8:30 AM

    wow this looks amazing Col!

  5. May 11, 2010 8:41 AM

    Wow wow wow – that looks ultra decadent! Wouldn’t mind waking up to a breakfast like that every morning but I fear by arteries would clog up in less than a year. :-0

  6. May 11, 2010 8:42 AM

    Sis Brownie, these images are highly inappropriate at this early hour of the morning! How am I expected to resist, huh? Loves it!

    • November 5, 2010 12:31 PM

      LOL! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who cant resist this type of breakfast….thanx Sam xx

  7. May 11, 2010 9:36 AM

    wow. sure it was delicious!

  8. douglasgreen permalink
    May 11, 2010 9:59 AM

    Stop, Stop! This looks fantastic.

  9. May 11, 2010 12:50 PM

    This is not helping people like me who are trying to avoid cheese!!!! Evil!!! xxxxxxx

    • November 5, 2010 12:32 PM

      Why on earth would anyone want to avoid cheese Wendy?? Haha…I know what you mean…hugs to you in Morocco xx

  10. May 11, 2010 4:42 PM

    Cheese is defs the devil, thus I cant keep it in my house. This recipe looks totally stunning and wish I could be biting into it right now 🙂

  11. PinkPolkaDot permalink
    May 11, 2010 9:02 PM

    Wow, Brownie…this is wonderful!! – PinkPolkaDot

  12. May 11, 2010 9:17 PM

    now i know if i got this served to me i’d feel a lot better a lot faster. delicious!

  13. May 12, 2010 7:33 AM

    Love the devil fork!

  14. May 24, 2010 12:58 PM

    Ah, brownie girl! you’ve done it again, this cheesy delight will force its way onto my table in the very near future! What a divine combination! Goooooo #cheesesluts!
    Ps. Let me know if you want the badge I made for the #cheesesluts…

  15. June 25, 2010 9:53 AM

    Awww, was just browsing here for some reason and saw that shot glass – a pansyshell!! Fab!! I have pansyshell coffee mugs – having Rooibos from one as we speak 🙂 Have a fab weekend xxx

    • November 5, 2010 12:35 PM

      Hmmm, pansy shell = Plett, the place that we both love 🙂 Glad you saw it xx

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