race morning french toast

A plate of cinnamon french toast with butter, syrup and blueberries

When it takes a significant amount of time to travel to the starting area before an early race, I look forward to serving warm plates of cinnamon French toast, dusted with powdered sugar, next to a bowl of mixed berries and whipped coconut cream. I favor the hearty round cinnamon loaves made by our local bakery, but other good choices would be a brioche loaf or one with nuts and raisins. We call this race morning French toast because it has become a tradition.

race morning french toast

Print Recipe
Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (30-ounce) loaf cinnamon bread, thickly sliced
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter, for frying
  • Toppings:
  • Real maple syrup, warmed
  • Mixed berries
  • Whipped cream or coconut whipped cream
  • coconut cream:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

1

Heat a large fry pan on medium heat.

2

Slice the bread. In a medium-size shallow bowl, beat the eggs, water, and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture to coat thoroughly.

3

Generously butter the heated fry pan and fry the toast until golden brown on both sides.

4

Serve with warm maple syrup and any combination of the berries topped with your whipped cream of choice.

5

coconut whipped cream

6

Makes 6 servings

7

This is a tasty, non-dairy alternative to dairy cream for any lactose-sensitive sailors you’ve got aboard! Another advantage to using coconut cream as your whipped topping of choice is that it’s shelf stable—so during a longer voyage, you won’t have to worry about spoilage as you would with fresh dairy cream.

8

Chill the can of coconut cream for several hours.

9

Scoop the coconut solids into a chilled bowl, reserving the excess liquid for another use.

10

Using an electric hand-held beater, whip the cream until it begins to form soft peaks, about 7 minutes. (You can use a hand whisk if you are not connected to power).

11

Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat just until the cream forms stiff peaks.

Notes

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