I genuinely had the idea for this brunch recipe when I was walking home in the dark after work, rushing under a bridge near the train station that smelt a little bit like a men's bathroom. I'm not sure how that connection came about in my mind - maybe I was desperately trying to think of something more pleasant smelling.
Four days later I got the chance to try it out and I can confirm that this will definitely be getting added to my repertoire - it tastes exactly like warm jam doughnuts. Not one for the calorie counters, but Saturday brunches are for treating yourself as far as I'm concerned. Bonus points if there are only two of you because you'll be left with enough brioche to have with another thick spread of jam on Sunday morning.
The recipe is pretty simple and it's not one to stick to religiously - if you have a tried and tested method for making french toast you can just add in the extra steps! If you haven't, here's what I used to make two pieces of french toast each for two people:
1) Slice eight fairly thick slices of brioche from a loaf - mine were about 2cm I reckon give or take a few millimetres.
2) Spread good quality raspberry or strawberry jam over the brioche - get right up to the edges!
3) Sandwich together the slices of brioche and press down the sides so that they'll stay together when you're cooking them.
4) Mix three eggs, a splash of milk and a couple of drops of vanilla extract in a shallow dish and start soaking your first piece of french toast on both sides.
5) Heat up a frying pan and melt a teaspoon of butter in it - this works much better than oil I find!
6) Once the pan is sizzling drop your soaked french toast slice into it and fry until golden brown on both sides - this should only take a minute or two if the pan is nice and hot.
7) Remove the french toast from the pan with a spatula and drop onto a small plate that you have covered in sugar - coat the french toast with sugar on both sides and keep covered on a warm plate until your other slices are ready.