Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Triple D Cap'n Crunch French Toast

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (AKA Triple D) with Guy Fieri on Food Network has two great cookbooks from the show.  I have the 1st one and want to cook my way through it before getting the new one.  When I was first flipping through it this recipe jumped out at me.  Cap'n Crunch French Toast! Who doesn't love both things? So why not try them together!

Cap'n Crunch French Toast 

Serves 4 to 5

You will need:

3/4 cup heavy cream
3 lg eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1  teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups of Cap'n Crunch Cereal (regular)  (We ended up needing more)
8 to 10 slices of bread,  calls for texas toast or french bread. We used french
Butter for cooking

Topping: this is one of the easiest homemade whipped toppings I've made,and it's yummy!
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups assorted fresh seasonal berries (we used blueberries) 

1)  Mix the cream, eggs, and vanilla in a lg bowl and whisk until combined.
2) Put the cereal in a storage bag and use a rolling pin to crush it. (Let the kids do this part, they had a blast smashing and rolling the cereal into crumbs.)  Transfer to a shallow dish (pie pan worked great for me)
3) Next dip the bread into the liquid but don't soak it through just coat it. Now press the bread into the cereal crumbs to coat it evenly. Place on a sheet pan and repeat with the remaining slices.
4) Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat ( we love using cast iron) add butter to the pan as needed.  Cook the french toast until caramelized on both sides (looks yellowish brown and yummy)  takes about 6 to 8 minutes total.
5) For the whipped cream topping: Beat the cream, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla in a lg bowl with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. (I used my stand mixer, it worked great) 
6) Dollop the whipped topping on top of the french toast and add the berries of your choice. 

Recipe from Diners Drive ins and Dives,  photo by Laura Spear

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