cinnamon plums and french toast
It´s Saturday morning and I wake up to the raindrops smattering on the windowsill. As soon as I open my eyes, my first thought is that there is a large Congress going on in the city. Should I go? I´ve been invited to take part and also to this evenings festivities. Yaaawn! It´s warm and cozy in the bed and I love the fact that I don´t have to get up and run if I don´t want to. I´m stretching and yawning again, don´t know when I did it last time. I have a strange theory about me being too tense to yawn, so for a moment I feel happy for being able to yawn. Are you yawning yet? Because there are theories about yawning being contagious ;) I think I just set a record in using the word yawn ...let´s see...seven times in six sentences.
The fact that it will be food involved in tonight's meeting is rather tempting, notwithstanding that one of the guests lecturing is quite a wellknown homeopath from Norway and he will be presenting a case that interests me.
I´m looking out of the window again and see that the trees outside my house are starting to look a bit...stripped. They still wear most of their leaves but there is more yellow then green ones left. They hold on for their lives but the wind has been quite strong last night and many of them just let go... I am saying myself a loud Good morning and still in bed I start thinking about breakfast.
A bright smile is spreading on my face as I remember that I have bought some plums and a smallish baguette last night to make Nigella´s Cinnamon Plums With French Toast.
As soon as I got up and took a look at the recipe I realised that I´ve done it again. What´s wrong with me not reading through recipes carefully enough? First ingredient on the list was cranberry juice and - of course - I didn´t have any. It´s not that common in Sweden unless you have urinary tract infection, so it is nothing I have lying around in my fridge. I remembered that I had some verjuice left from poaching peaches for another of my favourite breakfasts, and I just made up my own recipe from there. Don´t have the measurements exactly, but then it´s nothing complicated either. I thought it was way too much sugar in the original recipe, I prefer to taste the flavour of the plums, so I used less. Nigella uses brioches for the toast, and that I can´t find here either, so I used plain white baguette.
I don´t know what Nigella´s version would have been like, but I must say I was very contented with my concoction :)
Cinnamon Plums With French Toast
Adapted from Nigella Lawson At My Table
1 large serving or 2 small ones
For the plums:
4 large plums
1 stick of cinnamon, about 4 cm
100 ml verjuice
about 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
100-200 ml water
For the French Toast:
2 tbsp milk
a dash of cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
6 slices of baguette, sliced diagonally
If you would like to make Nigella´s version, here is the original recipe:
For the Plums:
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 pounds plums, halved and pitted
For the French toast:
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter
6 half-inch slices brioche
1. In a wide saucepan, combine cranberry juice and sugar. Place over low heat, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon stick, and raise heat to bring to a boil; boil for about 2 minutes.
2. Add plums, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until plums are tender but not disintegrating, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside. (Plums may be served warm or at room temperature; reheat if desired.)
3. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, milk, ground cinnamon and sugar. Place a large skillet over medium-low heat, and add butter, spreading it in the pan. Dip three slices of brioche in the egg mixture, so they absorb the liquid but don't fall to pieces. Place in skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes a side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining three slices brioche.
4. Place a portion of French toast on each plate with a serving of plum halves and their syrup.