Almond Butter & Berry French Toast Sandwiches
Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine
For 2 french toast sandwiches
-1.5 cups fresh blueberries (or blackberries or strawberries, or a mix; frozen could work too)
-2 tbsp sugar
-1/4 cup water
-3/4 cup milk
-4 slices good quality white bread (this is important... plain old sandwich bread won't cut it)
-4 tbsp almond butter
-2 tbsp strawberry, blackberry, or other berry jam
-1 tbsp butter
-2 tbsp sliced almonds, for garnish
-Gather your ingredients.
The bread is the most important part - it needs to be hearty, good quality white bread. Maybe sourdough, or an artisan loaf like I used. I rarely eat white bread (more on that later), so man was I excited about this deliciousness:
Okay, next, make your berry sauce. To do this, combine your berries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low, and let simmer while you prepare the rest of the recipe. Stir occasionally, crushing the berries and allowing the mixture to thicken. It should look something like this after about 10 minutes:
Close the sandwiches. Heat a large griddle (a pan would work fine too, but you may have to cook each sandwich individually) over medium heat. Melt 1 tbsp of butter on the griddle. Dip the sandwiches, each side, into the egg mixture, pressing to soak. Lay on the griddle.
Cook for about 4-5 minutes/side, or until golden brown. They should look something like this (oh, and please excuse my old dirty griddle):
Transfer sandwiches to a plate. Slice in half. Spoon a hearty scoop of your mixed berry sauce on top. Then, garnish with crushed or sliced almonds. Serve immediately.