Cranberry French Toast Recipe

As darkness seems to suck every single hour of my day, the sudden appearance of the sun from the cloud is somehow wounding. I noticed how light, especially sharp artificial light, has started to bother me a lot, leaving me with eyes half-closed and a hazy head. I run to turn it off and substitute it with a more gentle side lamp light, which reach its full brightness slowly, casting it inoffensively from a corner of the wide living room. I paid attention to my gestures and saw how I prefer candlelight while showering to fully recover from a stressful working day; how I like darkness when I am looking at my computer screen. I know I shouldn’t consider it as normal –this desire for lack of light. It must be this time of the year, I keep repeating myself.

Today, I woke up to a gorgeous, soft, pink light coming in from the big windows of our little apartment. It is Sunday, and we have a day for ourselves. Relieved rather than annoyed by the sunlight, happy for the day in front of us, I started to slice a loaf of bread and heating the pan with some good butter. My gestures fluctuating in that pink haze, I could finally enjoy the natural light at its best –the golden hours –and with no rush.

As it often happens on days that are special to us, we like to begin them with a special meal –special because prepared with a bit more care than usual, with more time, different ingredients, perhaps more variety and slightly more abundance. Today is our first wedding anniversary, and no start of a new year together could be more perfect.

We sat at the table and enjoyed some festive french toast with a cup good coffee. Slowly. The pink glow reflected on our sleepy yet gloriously happy faces. Silence around us, only small bits of conversation, memories, moments –and so much hope for those yet to share.

Cranberry French Toast

I used fruit and nut bread here, as that’s what I had in hand –also, I like its texture when fried in the pan and the fact it holds its shape better. However, any type of brioche or challah, or even panettone (to be in theme with Christmas) would work great. 

Serves 2

  • 1 knot butter or ghee (or coconut oil) for frying
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 T maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cranberry sauce, for serving

Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. In the meantime, mix egg with buttermilk, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl. Dip the slices of bread on both sides, one at a time. Squeeze them slightly to remove the excess of liquid. Transfer them into the hot skillet and fry them for  about 5 minutes per side, or until dark brown and crispy on the surface. Serve immediately with the cranberry sauce and more maple syrup, to taste.

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