Learning from the Best
Last month, I was in San Diego for an Experimental Biology Conference with some friends. The first day of the conference, we decided to go out for breakfast to celebrate the adventure of being out of Missouri.
In order to find the best possible quality of food, I googled “Best place to eat breakfast in San Diego Gaslamp District.” Cafe 922 had good recommendations and it was within walking distance, so we decided to go.
Long story short, we ended up being late for registration and all my friends left before the food arrived to get to their first session. That’s what you get for waking up late. While I cannot speak for the atmosphere, because I was barely there. I can say that the french toast was delicious. They had something on the menu stating that Bobby Flay had called it one of the “best foods he’d ever eaten.” As I was eating it, I could appreciate it’s deliciousness; but honestly, it seemed really straightforward. I could make that!
So, I did.
This morning, in fact. :) You could make it too – because it’s really easy!
By the way, it’s TOTALLY legal to go home and try to recreate great dishes you had at restaurants. Do it.
Keep Food Simple.
I think french toast is pretty simple, but today in diabetes class I realized that some people have no idea what makes french toast, french toast. Here’s the basic recipe:
Bread Soaked in + Egg and Milk Mixture + Hot Griddle = French Toast
The idea behind stuffed french toast is pretty simple too:
Two pieces of french toast + Toppings tucked in the middle + Powdered Sugar dust = Stuffed French Toast
Spruce a few things up, and all the sudden you have one of the “best things Bobby Flay has ever eaten.”
Here’s the recipe with grams of carbohydrate for each ingredient listed in parenthesis.
Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast
- 2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread (30g)
- 2 Eggs (negligible)
- 1/3 C Milk (negligible)
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (negligible)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla (negligible)
- 1/4 tsp Orange Zest, optional (negligible)
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter, crunchy or creamy (negligible)
- 1 Banana, sliced (30g)
- 1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar (5g)
- Mix Eggs, Milk, Cinnamon, Orange Zest and Vanilla in a shallow baking dish together.
- Lay Bread in mixture and let it soak in for several seconds until bread seems saturated.
- Place Bread/Egg Mixture onto a hot greased griddle. Cook on one side until golden brown and flip.
- While cooking other side, add Peanut Butter to allow for melting. Spread Peanut Butter between two slices.
- When other side is golden brown, remove from heat.
- Slice Banana lengthwise to lay flat on bread. Place second slice of french toast on top of peanut butter and banana to make a sandwich.
- Take Powdered Sugar and dust over the top.
- Enjoy. Don’t add syrup. You’re not a hummingbird.
A Note to the Diabetics: If you’re a woman following a 45g carbohydrate diet, just use half a banana to stuff the french toast. Problem solved. :)