Breakfast for my Valentine
When Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a weekday, we’re sure you think there’s not much else to do than to take your Valentine out for a 5 course dinner at some swish restaurant in the city. But if you’re the kind that doesn’t mind experimenting in the kitchen/ your significant other would prefer you make her something special, instead of buying her dinner and an expensive dress, we suggest you serve her breakfast in bed. Apart from it being the most romantic surprise to wake up to, she is sure to appreciate the effort you’ve taken to pamper her, pulling this feat off, all on your own..
Now before you fret about burning the kitchen down or having her wake up to the worst nightmare she could possibly imagine (especially if you’re planning to pull this off in her kitchen!), we’re here to tell you that this recipe created by Chef Vinesh Johny, is super simple and is in fact recommended for those who’ve never even boiled their own pot of coffee or cracked an egg before. That’s right! We kid you not. This is as simple and as charming as it gets!
I. French Toast
- Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and strain without incorporating air into it.
- Slice the baguette into half and cut it like you would cut it up for a sandwich.
- Soak the baguette slices in the mixture and place the them on a buttered frying pan on medium heat, until they become nice and golden. Do this to all sides and set them aside.
II. Mixed Berry Compote
- In a large, nonreactive sauté pan over medium heat, combine water and sugar, and bring it to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Cook for 2 minutes. Add berries and lemon juice.
- Return to boil. Add butter. Swirl the mixture around in the pan until the butter melts.
III. Chocolate Crumble
Brown sugar: 50gm
- Combine all the ingredients to achieve a crumble texture and bake them on sheet pans for 15 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius.
- Allow this to cool and add melted chocolate. Make sure to keep stirring it in until each crumble has a coating of chocolate.
IV. Chocolate Ganache
Keeping this recipe super simple, all you’ve got to do is combine equal portions of cream and chocolate by heating the cream and pouring it over chopped chocolate and combining them to a smooth mixture. This could be used immediately as a sauce or you could allow it to cool. Set and pipe them as kisses, as shown in the image.
- Spoon the compote on to the French toast.
- Pipe ganache kisses.
- Spoon some chocolate crumble on to the toast for added crunch and texture.
- Load them with more fresh berries and decorate them with cubes of marshmallow, fresh mint, and a generous dusting of powdered sugar.