Valentines Day in bed… eating Brunch of course!

Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast

Valentines Day falls on a Saturday this year and what better way to show your significant other that you care even though I think that this a pointless holiday but, I’m not going to get into all of that then staying in and preparing this simple recipe. Everyone loves a great brunch so, while everyone is out scrambling trying to figure out what to do for their significant other or even themselves on Valentines Day, sleep late, snuggle up next to your boo, save some cash and time by preparing this simple yet decadent French Toast.

Now this isn’t any ordinary French toast. I mean it is for Valentines day, the day marketed for LOVE and affection and other naughty things that I won’t mention. I was born 9 months and 2 days after Valentines day so i’ll let you guys ponder on that one .:covers face in shame:.

Here are the main ingredients I used in my recipe filled with aphrodisiacs that are bound to get you in the mood:

Pomegranate

These bright gems enclosed in a thick rose husk are filled with antioxidants that support blood flow.

Figs

Used by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig paradoxically symbolizes both sexuality (the ripe fruit with seeds representing fertility) and modesty (the fig leaf). They are full of potassium and are an antioxidant powerhouse.

Pine Nuts

High in energizing zinc, which has been linked to a healthy sex drive, pine nuts are also considered aphrodisiacs because of the effort required to procure these oily gems from pinecones

Chocolate

Chocolate is sensual, from its taste to its aroma, but dark chocolate has also been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.

What better way to to engage with  your honey by using your hands the day before to prep this recipe or do it alone to surprise him/her. I find that this recipe works well done the same day as well letting it sit for about an hour. Although Figs are not in season, my mom has a great green thumb. She didn’t get that many figs from her fig tree, but she did manage to get enough to freeze and which worked great for this sauce.

You can sip on the Pomegranate Bellinis to get the blood flowing while you wait!

What are your plans for this coming Valentines Day?



Valentines Day Brunch

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

Baked Brie French toast with Figs and Pine nuts

4 Tbsp. Butter, melted

1 loaf of Brioche or Challa bread, cut into 1” cubes

6 oz. Brie, cut into ½” cubes

8 eggs

2 cups half n half

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 TB vanilla

Topping

¼ Cup flour

½ Cup light brown sugar

½ Cup crispy chocolate cereal, crushed

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

½ Cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Fig Sauce

2 Cups Fresh Figs or 1 Cup of Mission Fig Jam

Zest of 1 Lemon

1 Cup Water

½ cup Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp cold butter

½ cup toasted Pine nuts

Pomegranate Bellini

2 Cups Pomegranate juice

½ Cup Sugar

1 Fresh Pomegranate, seeds removed and reserved

1 bottle Prosecco, chilled

Instructions

  1. Cut loaf into cubes and toss with the cubed Brie. Evenly distribute the bread and cheese mixture among the ramekins or a 9x13 baking pan or casserole dish. .
  2. In a bowl, mix together eggs, half and half, sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread.
  3. Cover your pan with Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cereal and salt.
  5. Cut in butter cold with this mixture until crumbly and place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight as well.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove refrigerated French toast and crisp mixture. Sprinkle crisp mixture evenly over the bread.
  7. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on how gooey you like your French toast.
  8. Top with Fig Syrup and Pine nuts.
  9. For the Fig Sauce
  10. Combine all of the ingredients into a small pot minus the maple syrup and toasted pine nuts. Let the sauce come to a boil then reduce for 5 min.
  11. Remove from heat and add maple syrup.
  12. Whisk in the the cold butter and set aside.
  13. Use toasted pine nuts to top finished french toast.
  14. For the Pomegranate Bellini
  15. In a small pot pour the Pomegranate juice and sugar. Reduce liquid over medium heat until liquid is reduced to half.
  16. Let cool and set aside.
  17. Place some of the Pomegranate syrup, and seeds in the bottom. Top off with chilled Prosecco.

Notes

For an additional flavor, you may add rum to your Fig Syrup for a boozy punch! Also, you may use any oven safe vessel to make your french toast in.

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Comments

  1. So you went DEEP with your descriptions. You put my foodie friday posts to shame. LOL I wish you made this tomorrow lol. It looks GOOD!
    My recent post DIY Valentine’s Day Wreaths

    • Ha! My readers should be well informed. Maybe I'll make it soon. I was thinking I should've added dark chocolate chips to it.

  2. So, you're just tryna get errybody pregnant, huh? LOL! Prosecco is my new drink of choice, so that pomegranate bellini sounds divine.
    My recent post Introducing Our Speakers – #Momference

  3. This sounds absolutely delish!! Since Vday falls on a Saturday this year I plan on waking up at 6am and watching Sesame Street with my 2 year old while my husbands gets us breakfast from the diner, lol. Great post!
    My recent post MOMMIEKNOWSFRESH: NINE THINGS I REALLY WANT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

  4. Jonesy

    Pomegranate Bellini! Be still my heart.

  5. val

    Omg I almost ate the screen. I am no chef so where do I place my order?

  6. I missed this for Valentines Day but this would be fantastic for a date night in as well. Thanks for sharing.

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