Sunday, May 20, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast with Pistachio Cream

This version of french toast is baked which also makes it eligible to be considered a bread pudding. Thus eating it for breakfast and again for dessert is more than fair and quite frankly, expected. This is also a great way to serve french toast to a crowd, allowing you to do other things while all of the french toast bakes at one time without your constant attention. Soak the bread and make the compote the night before and it's practically a hands off dish.

Sweet soaked french bread layered around seasonal rhubarb and fresh strawberries, baked until golden brown and served with a thick, rich pistachio cream.

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Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast
serves 4
12 oz silken tofu
3 cups almond milk
1/2 cup organic cane sugar plus 3 tbl
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 loaf french bread, small-medium dice
2 stalks rhubarb, small dice
2 cups quartered strawberries
1 tbl cornstarch
3 tbl water

Blend the tofu, almond milk, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla and cinnamon together until smooth.
Pour over the bread and let sit for at least an hour to overnight. If only soaking an hour or so, press a smaller weighted plate or bowl on top of the bread to make sure the bread stays submerged the entire time.
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease 1-6" casserole dish.
Toss the rhubarb and strawberries with 3 tbl of sugar and cornstarch. Transfer to a small pot and add the water.
Cook over medium heat until the berries have released their juices and the rhubarb is soft but not mush.
Layer half of the bread in the bottom of the dish, pressing down to compact.
Pour the rhubarb mixture over the bread and top with the remaining bread. Press down on the bread again to compact the mixture and bake for 45-50 minutes until browned.

Pistachio Cream
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup raw pistachios
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
2-3 tbl maple syrup, to taste
1 tsp vanilla

Soak the cashews and pistachios in room temperature water for one hour to overnight. Drain and transfer to a blender. Blend for 2-3 minutes until you can break the nuts down as much as possible. Add the oil, maple and vanilla and continue blending until the mixture is thick and smooth.


  1. What a great recipe - we had this for breakfast this morning and everyone loved it.

    Depending upon the size of your bread, you might want to either use less almond milk mixture or bake it a little longer. We used about 1lb of bread, and thought it could have baked for another 10-15 minutes or used 3/4 cup less almond milk mixture so that it would have gotten crustier. We also used coconut soy creamer in place of the coconut oil. Very easy and delicious, thank you!


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