I woke up this morning, did a guitar lesson, wrapped a thank you note and present for my Grandma for the amp she gave me on my recent visit, and started craving French Toast. Nice thick slices of fried eggy bread. Guaranteed to sabotage any productive plans today, because that level of deliciousness usually requires a nice, long nap.
As I am a tinkerer with recipes, this is what I came up with:
Serves one greedy person comfortably, or two regular people.
A torta roll sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide strips.
1/2 cup of Light cream (half and half)
1 tbsp Kentucky Bourbon Vanilla (see previous posts on how to make it yourself)
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
One egg plus one egg yolk
6 slices of a good thin slice prosciutto (the kind with paper separators)
Maple syrup or powdered sugar
Whisk your cream and eggs together until they are well incorporated, then add the vanilla and the spices. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around the torta slice and put it back on the wax paper. Heat a frying pan to medium high heat and add enough peanut or another oil with a high smoke point to coat the pan. Its hot enough if the oil starts to ripple. Dip your bread strips wrapped in prosciutto into your egg custard and gently place them in the frying pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
I had mine with maple syrup (I cannot abide powdered sugar by itself -shudder) and a small pat of butter. I also had a mango spritzer (mango nectar, seltzer water and a jigger of Italian Triple Sec)