Photo Courtesy of Matthew S. Cain
Try out this sweet summer recipe next time you’re looking to impress with breakfast! Start by slicing a loaf of sourdough from Arizmendi Bakery into 1″ to 1.5″ slices and placing them either on a sheet tray or a baking dish (something with sides). Next, beat together 3 eggs, about a 1/2 cup milk, a tablespoon or two of sugar (depending on how sweet you like your toast), a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and a dash of cinnamon (or cardamom, or clove, or nutmeg, or whatever you especially enjoy/have on hand) and pour it over the sliced bread and let sit for a few minutes. While waiting for the bread to soak up the custard, make your compote.
For the compote, add a tablespoon of butter to a pan preheated over medium heat and then add most of your berries (let’s say 2/3 of your carton of raspberries, blackberries, tayberries, blueberries, strawberries, any berry you can find from Yerena Farms, Tomatero Farm, or Blue House Farms) and cook for about a minute before adding either a dash of maple syrup or sugar (if you wanted to, you could also add some lemon zest, orange zest, or baking spice). Then turn down the heat to low and let cook while you take care of the toast. Of course, if you wanted to skip this step all together you can pick a delicious jar of Emmy’s berry jam and proceed to the final step.
To finish up, Add some more butter to another pan preheated over medium high heat. Put in as many slices of the soaked bread as will fit (you might have to do this in batches depending on how much toast you’re planning on serving) and cook till brown. Then flip and do the same for the other side (you can throw these finished pieces into your oven set at 250º until they’re all done). When all the pieces are almost done, add the last 1/3 of your berries to the compote and toss to coat. Plate a couple pieces of toast with some of the compote on top. You can finish with powdered sugar, maple syrup, freshly whipped cream, whipped creme fraiche, yogurt, or nothing at all. Et Voila! Mimosa Time!