This one is worth getting out of bed for: chewy, salty pretzel bread meets the cream & cinnamony egg wash of french toast with a quick dip of sweet maple syrup an that awesome bit of salt for a killer quick and impressive breakfast to ward off any hangover.
- 2 small pretzel bread baguettes
- 1 chicken egg
- 1 duck egg (or a second chicken egg)
- 2 tbls buttermilk (plain milk works fine here, too.)
- 1 tbls sugar
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of cardamom
- pinch of sea salt
- 3 tbls real maple syrup
- pretzel salt (optional)
The pretzel bread I buy from Zingerman’s is about 7″ long, 2-2.5 inches wide on average. The recipe scales up or down easily – add 1 pretzel bread per additional mouth and increment the rest of the ingredients accordingly. As for the egg portion – I use duck eggs whenever and where-ever possible. They taste better and they are just fantastic in anything even slightly resembling pastry. That said, if you can’t find duck eggs, chicken eggs work fine. Organic and free range farm fresh being the preferred choice in any situation.
First order of business here is to grab that pretzel bread you picked up a couple days ago and forgot to eat and slice it into 1/4 inch thick medallions and set them aside. Put your griddle or fry pan to the fire. Your heat target is the high side of medium, enough to get a sizzle from an egg without scorching your cooking fat.
In an appropriately sized mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine the eggs, buttermilk, flour, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Whisk it for at least a minute while your pan warms up to get everything distributed and get some air in there, too.
When the pan is ready, lube it up with some butter, dredge your pretzel medallions, shaking off excess egg and place in the pan. If you have any soft pretzel salt, sprinkle 2 or 4 grains onto each while the sticky uncooked side is still up.
Like any other french toast variety, we’re going for a just browning stage before turning, same on the other side and remove to a plate. This will go pretty fast, so don’t get distracted or the smoke detector will wake everyone up.
If you have a large quantity, put the oven on warm when you begin and keep the finished piles of pretzel french toasts in there until service time.
Use real maple syrup if you can get it – it is SUCH A better flavor than the bizarre space aged chemical “maple syrup flavor” found in things like Mrs Butterworth. Pour syrup into a small bowl for dipping and warm it up in the microwave for 15 seconds. Arrange everything and serve immediately. Hooray, you are now the champion of breakfast.