You know, I used to hate Valentine’s Day. This so-called Hallmark holiday fabricated to get people to buy heart-shaped paraphernalia and Valentine cards—I thought it was all rubbish.
At the same time, I had never been in love until I met Mr. Williams. In fact, he was my first Valentine. Now I get what all the hype is about. It’s nice to spend a day celebrating each other’s love for one another. Well actually, I think I like Valentine’s Day more because it gives me an excuse to dress up and go out to a nice dinner. I mean, come on, how many occasions out of the year can I wear my fancy Rachel Roy romper?
This year the world is fortunate enough to have Valentine’s Day fall on a Saturday—meaning the celebration doesn’t have to only begin after work when we’re all tired and feeling gross from sitting in a cubicle all day. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to a romantic breakfast in bed? The answer is yes, which is precisely why I came up with these Valentine’s French Toast Breakfast Sandwiches.
For starters, we love breakfast sandwiches. But for Valentine’s day I wanted to crank things up a notch—thus, the French toast. Yes, they are heart-shaped. And yes, you can still make these if you are single.
For the French toast, I chose brioche. I know that brioche is pretty much the default choice when it comes to making French toast, but the slices just so happen to form heart-shapes! Simply cut off the bottom two corner at diagonal from and voila, you’ve got a heart-shaped slice.
As for my French toast custard mixture, I kept things simple. Just whole milk, eggs, a dash of sugar, cinnamon and salt is needed. No cream used here because I wanted to keep things on the lighter side. I also didn’t soak the brioche too long in the custard—just a quick dunk on both sides. Soaking it too long will compromise the light fluffiness of the bread, making the overall sandwich way too heavy.
Sandwiched in-between the two French toast “buns” is turkey bacon, a fried egg, and ooey-gooey melted Monterey Jack cheese. Um. Yum. The French toast has a delicate crunch on the outside due to the caramelization of the sugar, and is delicately soft and fluffy on the inside. Paired with the crunch from the bacon and runny yolk from the egg, these Valentine’s French Toast Breakfast Sandwiches will make you glad that you got out of bed early to surprise your lover with breakfast. He/She will be truly impressed.
You actually don’t have to wake up that early to make these sandwiches. To make things easier the day of, you can prepare the custard the night before. I even fried my bacon the night before. Gotta catch that glorious natural light at 7:00AM before heading off to work!
As for Mr. Williams and I, we don’t have much planned really. This whole Valentine’s Day thing is relatively new territory for us, but I’m sure we will come up with something fun and meaningful to do. We like to come up with things on the fly. You know that crazy spontaneous couple that everyone seems to have within their friendship circles? Yeah, that’s us.
What are your plans for Valentine’s this year?
Valentine’s French Toast Breakfast Sandwiches
Makes 2 sandwiches
For the French toast:
1 ½ cup whole milk
1 Tbs granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
Dash of cinnamon
4 slices of brioche bread
1 tbsp of butter
For the sandwiches:
3 strips of Turkey bacon
¼ cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tbsp mayonnaise
For the French toast:
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt (may be done the night before). Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly dunk brioche slices into custard mixture. Do not soak for too long. Just make sure that there are no more dry spots on the surface of the bread. Fry in the skillet until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Pile French toast on a plate and set aside.
For the filling:
In the same skillet, fry up the turkey bacon until crispy. You may need to add more butter or olive oil. Remove from pan. Fry two eggs, any style you like. I like mine over easy. Remove from pan.
After the French toast has cooled, pair up the slices one on top of each other. Cut off the bottom two corners at a diagonal. Now you have heart-shaped slices!
Spread mayo onto both slices. Top one slice with bacon, shredded cheese, and fried egg. The heat from the bacon and egg will melt the cheese. Top with remaining French toast. Repeat for the second sandwich.
Climb back into bed with your Valentine and melt into each other’s love while gobbling up these delicious sandwiches.