Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You should know by now that I’m a hardcore anglophile. The architecture, the literature, the accents, I love it all. And yet, I’m not entirely sure I’d survive for long if I lived there. For one thing, they don’t have Reese’s peanut butter cups. Also, their bacon is super thick and disgustingly flimsy. But the greatest tragedy of all is that England is an entire country devoid of peanut butter and jelly. I mean, they have peanut butter, and they have all kinds of jam. Jelly means Jello over there, so that’s just gross. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, though? You can’t get one. It’s not a thing. This makes me want to cry.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is this week. This is one thing that’s got me feeling very patriotic. I practically lived off pb&j as a kid, and I still eat them all the time. This is one instance where the English really don’t know what they’re missing.

To celebrate, I made you Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast. This one has boysenberry jam, but of course, you should use your favorite. Just dip your pb&j in your egg and milk mixture, fry until golden brown, increase awesomeness with maple syrup, and smile because you live in an amazing country.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bring happiness to your breakfast table. Make Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast. It’s all-American awesomeness.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast
Serves 2
Your favorite pb&j dipped in egg and fried for an all-American breakfast treat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of bread
  2. 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  3. 2 tablespoons jelly (use your favorite flavor)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
  8. Maple syrup, to serve
Instructions
  1. Put a skillet over medium heat and melt the butter in the pan.
  2. Make up your pb&j. I like to spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread, then jelly on just one side. Assemble your sandwiches.
  3. In a wide, shallow container, whisk together egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture.
  4. Fry your sandwiches in the melted butter for about 3-4 minutes per side or until as brown as you like.
  5. Serve your pb&j french toast with syrup, if you like.
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Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m writing to you today, friends, on the premise that done is better than perfect. I’m writing to you today so you can dream about brunching by the seaside while you’re at work today. I’m writing to you today because I love you, and I want you to be happy, and bacon can only improve your life. Let’s all take a deep breath. Maybe you’re already feeling completely chill. Maybe you’re already in brunch mode. Maybe you have a little extra time, and you want to just go ahead and make me a drink and eat some Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream. We can all use a little more awesome.

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

 This recipe is inspired by my favorite Waikiki brunch spot, Hula Grill. I’ve posted some photos of their ridiculous croissant french toast with bacon cream, and a few people have remarked they’d like to be stuffing that in their own faces. Good news, kids. It’s super easy to make at home. All you need is some day old croissants, eggs, milk, fresh whipped cream and some extra crispy bacon. A few drops of maple extract adds an extra depth of flavor, but you can live without it.

Making French toast is almost too easy. Folding bacon into whipped cream doesn’t happen nearly often enough. Marrying those two things together is going to make your weekend super awesome. May I suggest a side of Pumpkin Spice White Russians? Did I say awesome? 

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s time for brunching. Relax, eat, breathe, love.

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream
Serves 2
Buttery croissants are soaked in eggs and milk, slapped on a griddle until golden brown, and then topped with sweet and salty maple bacon whipped cream. Brunch is awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 2 drops maple flavoring oil or extract
  4. 1 slice crispy bacon, broken into small pieces
  5. 2 croissants, day old is best
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/4 cup milk
  8. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Using a mixer or a whisk and a strong arm, whisk together heavy cream, sugar, and maple flavoring oil until you get stiff peaks. A cold bowl and a cold whisk will help speed this along.
  2. Gently fold in your bacon crumbles. Stash your whipped cream in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
  3. Put a non-stick skillet over medium heat or preheat a griddle.
  4. Whisk together egg, milk, and vanilla extract then pour onto a plate or other shallow dish.
  5. Slice open your croissants and dip both sides in the egg mixture. Feel free to let it soak a few seconds.
  6. Cook your croissants in your skillet three or four minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Top each croissant with a large dollop of maple bacon whipped cream and a little extra maple syrup if you like. Eat up, chill out.
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