When we got home from church, we were starving - and I couldn't wait to whip up a batch of breakfast-for-dinner to fill our bellies. Each week at some point, we have some kind of breakfast for dinner (usually in omelet form to clean out whatever meat and veggies we have leftover in the fridge, as well as use up our eggs). It's fast, easy, and always delicious.
I couldn't wait to try this recipe when I saw it on Pinterest a couple weeks ago. Fresh Strawberry Butter? What could be more dreamy on a thick warm slice of french toast? It was absolutely delicious. Although, I did change the recipe to use fresh strawberries instead of strawberry preserves. It was worth it! When I made the strawberry butter, I couldn't stop spreading it on the un-battered slices of french bread and eating it. It was so addicting. I ended up having to slice more bread to use for the actual french toast!
This strawberry butter could easily be used to dress up your typical pancakes, waffles, and any kind of breakfast pastry. I bet it would also go well using any other berries instead of strawberries (even though the fresh strawberries were so dreamy!) I've never made my own flavored butter before - after trying this recipe, the doors of possibility just flew right open.
Thick French Toast with Homemade Fresh Strawberry Butter
1/2 loaf of french bread, sliced at an angle into 1-inch slices
a slash of whole milk
a drop of vanilla
a drop of almond extract
1 T cinnamon
6 large juicy strawberries (the riper the better), stems removed, sliced
1/2 C of unsalted butter, softened. Plus about a teaspoon for the griddle.
1/3 C powdered sugar
a few strawberries, sliced, for serving
1. Prepare butter: in a mini-food processor, blend together butter, powdered sugar, and fresh strawberries. Remove strawberry butter from food processor into a separate small bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and keep cold in fridge until french toast is done.
2. Preheat griddle to about 350 degrees.
3. Prepare french toast batter: in a large, flat bowl (I usually use some kind of square tupperware), whisk together milk, eggs, extracts, and cinnamon.
4. Melt extra butter on griddle.
5. Dunk slices, one by one, in french toast batter (both sides), and lay on hot griddle, until all slices are on griddle (mine fit about 7ish slices).
6. When the side-down shows a bit of golden color, flip each slice to the other side (about a minute or two). Remove from grill when the other side is golden as well.
7. Serve with fresh strawberry slices and your homemade strawberry butter.
Strawberry Butter Recipe Adapted From: Landolakes
Want to try another one of my French Toast Recipes? Try my Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast