French Toast Sardy

  • SERVINGS: 4-8

Aspen's rigorous mountain hikes demand a filling breakfast, such as their secret-ingredient French toast or an easily prepared Cheese Frittata with Pico de Gallo. The sweet creamy flavor of vanilla ice cream enriches this Sardy House breakfast specialty.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 medium French baguette, ends discarded, cut diagonally into twenty-four 3/4-inch-thick slices
  2. 4 large eggs
  3. 1/2 cup premium vanilla ice cream, softened
  4. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  5. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  7. Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  9. Pure maple syrup, for serving
  10. Assorted fresh berries, halved if large, for serving
  1. In a large nonreactive baking dish, spread out half of the bread slices. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, ice cream, orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and pour over the bread. Turn the slices and soak until saturated, about 5 minutes.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large cast-iron skillet. Add the soaked bread slices and cook in a single layer over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden brown and heated through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and keep warm. Soak the remaining bread and cook in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.

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