Since all of us non-essential workers have begun working from home indefinitely it’s like a fun game of “What day is it anyway?” One day slowly bleeds into the next without any discernible beginning or end.
There are two obvious upsides to losing your place on the space-time continuum. First, any hour can be happy hour – although you can join me for #virtualhappyhour on my Instagram story Monday-Saturday at 5 p.m. ET. Second, brunch is no longer relegated to the weekend.
It’s Wednesday? Who cares!? Whip yourself up a batch of this Elvis French Toast.
Why is it called Elvis French Toast? Well, apparently, The King’s favourite sandwich was a peanut butter, banana, and bacon situation. This French toast transforms his favourite handheld into a decadent brunch affair. This is perfect for sliding into a food coma before your first video call of the day.
I’ve added a little zip to this recipe and an extra dollop of deliciousness by topping off the whole affair with a lime whipped cream. The hint of acid from the lime zest in the freshly whipped cream really adds a nice dimension and balances the salty sweet richness of the rest of the dish. Dust with icing sugar if you’re feeling extra sweet.
This recipe serves two, or one person who is eating their way through their boredom/anxiety in self-isolation.
I’ve found it hard to stay motivated during this time. I am sleeping a lot, I’ve mustered only two home workouts in the past 12 days. I was doing about 8 workouts a week back when we had full access to our gyms, yoga studios, and sports classes. I’m hoping that when the weather gets warmer I’ll be more inclined to get outside and go for a run or at, the very least, a brisk walk.
I count myself lucky that I still have a great job, that I’m able to work from home, and that my passion project is something that doesn’t require any more resources than what I already have – a kitchen, a camera, and a well-stocked bar.
How are you guys spending your days? Have you found anything in particular that helps buoy your mood or give you a sense of purpose during this difficult and uncertain time?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Sending you lots of love!
Elvis French Toast
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup whipping cream 35%
- 1 tbsp butter melted plus more for frying
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 4 slices brioche bread or challah or Texas toast
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 4 slices bacon cooked
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 cup whipping cream 35%
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- Grated zest of 1/2 a lime
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, or a griddle to 350 degrees F.
Whisk together eggs, whipping cream, melted butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a shallow bowl or baking dish. Melt butter (or bacon grease!) in the skillet or on the griddle.
Place brioche slices, one at a time, into the egg mixture and hold down for 3-4 seconds before flipping to coat the opposite side.
Place bread slices in the skillet/griddle and cook until golden brown on each side, about 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bread.
Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve (no longer than about 40 minutes.) Slather each slice of French toast with peanut butter. Layer banana slices and crumbled bacon on one slice then stack another slice on top and repeat. Serve with maple syrup and lime whipped cream.
In a bowl, beat all the ingredients with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.