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Orange Rosemary Cornbread French Toast

Once upon a time, I used to make brunch every weekend. It generally incuded staples like Tempeh Tube Sausage and Banana Bourbon Pecan Waffles. Plenty of French Press coffee and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me was involved. It was a pretty swell tradition.

These weekends, I often don’t brunch much (and when I do it’s at a diner for hasbrowns and OJ). But I miss the lazy Sundays and decided to give it a whirl again this past weekend. I mean, it was Mother’s Day after all and there was no way in hell that I would set foot in a diner or brunch place on that particular Sunday. Mom, I love you, but I’m never taking you to a restaurant on Mother’s Day EVER.

Luckily, I had some leftover, crack-a-licious Orange Rosemary Cornbread sitting on the counter and a hankering for French Toast. French Toast! It’s so overmade on Chopped–as a dessert nonetheless…I mean, since when is French Toast dessert???–but so never made in this house. In fact, I don’t think I’d ever made French Toast for G and we’re going on three years together now.

This recipe is nothing more than my original circa 2008 French Toast circa with Orange Rosemary Cornbread as the bread. And it’s killer good. With the orange scent and flavor really pulling through, it’s a sweeter more “Special Occasion”-y French Toast than the usual. But sometimes we all need a reason to celebrate just being our awesome selves, right?

Orange Rosemary Cornbread French Toast

Leftover Orange Rosemary Cornbread
1 c plain or vanilla coconut yogurt
1/4 c coconut milk/cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
Maple Syrup & Earth Balance to serve

In a shallow baking dish, mix together the coconut yogurt, coconut cream, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

Warm 1/2 tsp of Earth Balance in a skillet over medium heat on the stove.

Slice the pieces of cornbread in half. Place each slice in the yogurt mixture and flip to liberally coat both sides.

Fry in the skillet until golden on both sides.

Serve with a pat of Earth Balance and some maple syrup.

9 Responses to “Orange Rosemary Cornbread French Toast”
  1. Caitlin says:

    genius, i tell you! so making this ;)

  2. Eileen says:

    YAYY! This sounds like one of the most decadent weekend breakfasts ever. And it’s clearly so much better than the things they put together on Chopped. (Of course, you didn’t have any chives or scallops in your dessert basket either, right?)

  3. FoodFeud says:

    These are gorgeous! What an awesome flavor combo too. I’d take these over a crowded restaurant brunch any day! As long as someone else is providing the mimosas and bloody marys too :)

  4. renae says:

    I have a feeling your cornbread won’t last overnight in my house, but if it ever does, I’ll try the french toast. I don’t think I’ve ever made vegan french toast! I wish I had time to make weekend brunches….

  5. Hannah says:

    It makes perfect sense, but I had never seen nor considered the possibility of cornbread french toast before! That sounds amazing. I know that my mom is a big fan of both, so she’d flip over this idea. I’ve gotta treat here sometime, and soon.

  6. YUM – that is exactly what I would want for breakfast any day in the summertime. Like, exactly! Can you imagine with a bourbon strawberry sauce, too? Ohhhhh man, I think I might steam some cornbread in the rice cooker, just to try out this recipe (with the rosemary and the orange, obviously!).

  7. Mandee says:

    That looks so beautiful, I love that you used cornbread – I’ve never heard of cornbread French toast until now.

    I rarely have a cooked brekky let alone brunch, but it’s a public holiday here today and now I feel like I should whip something up!

  8. adrienne says:

    How do you store your cornbread overnight when you don’t eat or share it all? Growing up my mom would put it on a plate or cookie sheet and leave it in the oven. Recently I’ve seen folks wrapping it loosely in aluminum foil, but I’d like to avoid that. And sealing it in a container can provoke condensation. Weird question – any ideas?

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