Friday, October 1, 2010

Food 101: Coast Toast

Everyone that knows me knows that I love to travel--and one of my favorite places is the beautiful San Diego, California. I had the pleasure of visiting frequently when I lived in Los Angeles (it was only 2 hours away by car) and one of the best parts is an area called LaJolla (pronounced La-HOY-ah). LaJolla is a coastal town just north of the city and is known for its scenic overlooks, and affluent residents (and of course good food!).

A hidden jewel that I discovered in LaJolla is a restaurant called Brockton Villa--it's right on the coast and they serve the most amazing french toast that I have ever tasted! It is a thick cut, orange flavored soufflé-like concoction that they call "Coast Toast" and they are actually famous for it. Now, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day--and eating healthy is what we are supposed to do, but occasionally it's okay to splurge and try something yummy!

Buuuuut since we can't all make a trip to LaJolla--here is the famous recipe:

"Coast Toast" at Brockton Villa - LaJolla, California

Brockton Villa "Coast Toast" Recipe

1 loaf soft French bread (sliced)
1 qt. whipping cream
10 eggs
¾ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
a pinch of salt
2 tbs. vanilla
2 tbs. orange flavoring

Combine liquid ingredients. Pour over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.

Remove bread and discard liquid. Spread butter on flat grill.

Cook bread until golden brown, then bake at 450° for 5 -7 minutes or until bread is puffed up like a soufflé. Dust with powdered sugar.

Serve immediately.

Serves 6

If you ever make it out to LaJolla and need a fabulous eatery--try Brockton Villa. The views are stunning. For a virtual tour click here.

Cook a little something special for someone special in your life :)



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