Friday, January 7, 2011

Mission Impossible: Creme' Brûlée French Toast

This recipe John Paul found, compliments of Capital Hill Mansion, shared on their website.
He asked me make it and when I first looked at it I felt a rush of sadness because my first thought was I can't make this because it's not healthy and impossible but that was not an okay thought. I shouldn't have to go without and I can't make JP suffer, he's too cute!

Adapting this recipe is going to very difficult if not impossible... The brown sugar, cream, corn syrup and eggs and equal amazing texture, can we do it gluten free? I'm a firm believer that anything is possible... I'll just have to make a delicious gluten free bread (also must be made without yeast to be gluten free or Candida diet safe) Also I will have to use egg substitute, unless I can ingenious up something that will work. The creme will be substituted for RAW home-made almond milk reduced down to be thick and made sweet with honey! And the liquor sadly must go. Why make the liver work for not even a buzz? To get the tiny bit of citrus I'll add a pinch of orange zest.Hopefully I don't spend the whole day trying! But I'm run out of baked goods and I have nothing else to do and John Paul gets off work at 3pm. 5.5 hours to go time to begin!

Capital Hill Mansion's:

Creme Brûlée French Toast
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter
2 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
8 (1-inch) Slices French Bread
1 1/2 Cups Half and Half
5 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon salt 

Heat the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a saucepan until blended, stirring frequently. Pour the brown sugar mixture into a 9X13-inch baking dish. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer over the prepared layer. 

Whisk the half and half, eggs, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt in a bowl until blended. Pour over the bread. Chill, covered, for 8 to 24 hours. Let stand until room temperature. bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately. Serves 8. 

Here's some research in between and while I'm checking the health of all ingredients and adapting.

"Some research studies have linked consumption of large amounts of any type of added sugar — not just high-fructose corn syrup — to such health problems as weight gain, dental cavities, poor nutrition, and increased triglyceride levels, which can boost your heart attack risk. But there is insufficient evidence to say that high-fructose corn syrup is less healthy than are other types of added sweeteners.
Recommendations from the American Heart Association — not a part of official U.S. dietary guidelines — say that most American women should consume no more than 100 calories a day from added sugar from any source, and that most American men should consume no more than 150 calories a day from added sugar, and that even less is better. That's about 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 for men."
-From Article by:Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D.

First we need to start some ALMONDS soaking to make almond milk.
One cups almonds covered in a bowl needs to soak ideally for 24hours.
I'm going to use warm water and hope to speed up the process a lot.... 
View this process from where I found it, with photos: RAW ALMOND MILK

Second we need to make a gluten free bread, I'm not sure if this one will be the best and finally forever used recipe but it's a good one. 

11/2 Potato Starch
1C      White Rice Flour
1C      Maize Flour
1/2C    Tapioca Starch (flour)
3T      Baking Powder (must be gluten free)
1t      Natural Baking Soda
2t      Xanthan Gum
2C     Purified water (more if needed)
2T     Organic Olive Oil
1T     Organic or Natural pure Honey
2T     Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Lets make bread! I'll do my best to describe everything throughly~  

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix with a metal whisk and sift again.
Make a well or hole in the center of dry goods, add 1 cup of water and other wet ingredients. Mix by cutting in from the center out till well incorporated. Adding more water as needed. I recommend NOT using the entire other cup of water. Dough should be to thin to need to be kneaded but should not be runny. 

Oil a bread pan, put dough in, cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 60 min, then uncover cooking for 10 more minutes. 

Kendra's sugar free/gluten free/vegan Creme Brûlée French Toast

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