Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flashback Friday!

Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet does a Flashback Friday which is a lot of fun, and forces me to remember some oldies but goodies! and so for this week's flashback, I'm turning to Chocolate and Breakfast. You just can't go wrong with a Chocolate Breakfast! I've kind of slacked off when it comes to Sunday breakfast lately but I always have a Challah or a Brioche in the freezer for just in case and I think this Sunday is a "just in case" and a Chocolate Breakfast may be in our future! I got the recipe from Fine Cooking magazine a while back.

Chocolate French Toast

by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Fine Cooking Magazine, December 2005)
Printable Recipe

2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 ounce (1/3 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed)
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6-8 1-inch-thick slices of challah bread (stale is fine)
2 ounces (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

Confectioners' sugar, for garnish (optional)
Fresh raspberries, strawberries, or sliced bananas, for garnish (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until well blended and no cocoa lumps remain. Pour in about half of the milk and whisk until the mixture is a lump-free paste. Add the remaining milk, the eggs, and the vanilla. Whisk until well blended.

Arrange the bread in a single layer in a 9x13-inch baking dish (or similar vessel) and pour the cocoa mixture over the bread. Turn the bread once to get both sides nicely coated. Poke each bread slice repeatedly with the tines of a fork to encourage the bread to absorb the batter. Let soak, turning every 10 minutes, until the bread is well saturated, 20 to 30 minutes.

Set a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the butter and spread to cover the pan. (If using a skillet, you'll need to cook the French toast in two batches, using 2 tablespoons butter for each batch.) Using your fingers and a large rubber spatula, carefully transfer the bread slices, one at a time, from the batter to the griddle. Cook until the underside looks browned and lightly crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. (Reduce the temperature if the slices are browning too fast) Flip and continue cooking until the slices are slightly puffed in the
center and are bouncy to the touch, another 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the French toast to plates and serve immediately, dusted with confectioners' sugar and fruit, if you like.

Joining in on the fun at Sweet as Sugar Cookies for Sweets for a Saturday!

and joining Sweet Tooth Friday hosted by Alli n Son!

And joining


  1. Wow this looks great! So its regular bread but basically dipped in chocolate milk. What a smart idea. I grew up on french toast on Saturdays (or pancakes). Must try this soon. Glad you are joining me for Flashback Friday!

  2. Oh Carol, this really looks yummy!! You can't go wrong with a breakfast like this...

  3. Oh my goodness, that Chocolate French Toast sounds so decadent and chocolate is good for you, right?

  4. Carol, anything dipped in chocolate is good for you! And the strawberries make it even healthier! I must try this soon. Have a nice weekend.

  5. Carol, gosh, I haven't had breakfast yet and this just sent me over the edge... I just made brioche last night... I'm ready! That looks delicious!

  6. What a great Flashback entry ... I don't ever remember seeing it, so it's brand new to me.

    Chocolate challah with strawberries, I bet it tastes fantastic. I cannot imagine anyone not being thrilled with this for breakfast.

    Great recipe, Carol... you really have a knack for finding winning recipes.

  7. That sounds fantastic, Carol! Oh my gosh, I must try it!

  8. I want some, and I am putting fresh whipped cream on mine! :)

  9. Chocolate French toast sounds good!

  10. What a fun breakfast idea. I have seen chocolate stuffed french toast but not one where the whole bread was soaked. A must try in my book :-) Thank you for sharing and yes, those healthy strawberries mae it all so GOOD!

  11. Chocolate for breakfast? Cant go wrong there! This looks great!
    Thanks for sharing! Yum!

  12. Looks just as good the second go round! I never tried it after the first time. Maybe this weekend :-) Thanks for playing! Its nice to resurrect the old posts. I might try it some time. Quick too! :-)

  13. Yum, yum! Chocolate for breakfast, that's my kind of recipe.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

  14. oh this looks great!! i'm not sure why i've never thought of chocolate french toast before! yum!

  15. Thid looks great too, Carol.


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