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Benny’s Bistro

I love everything about Benny’s Bistro.  It’s tucked away in the back of the top notch French Baker in downtown Ottawa and serves the wonderful things the bakery produces along side expertly prepared breakfast and brunch food.   It’s all in the details at this place.  Take the regular old two egg breakfast; at Benny’s, this includes FRESH, amazing bread and butter, a hit of nutrients with the side green salad, the best potato and bacon hash you can imagine, and eggs cooked to absolute perfection.  Nothing but love for this place 🙂

Two eggs with toast, crispy smoked bacon and fingerling potato hash

I got the inspiration for my stuffed french toast recipe from Benny’s.  I always love their changing menu;  I’ve never once been disappointed!  The french toast on this particular visit was made with baked-fresh-that-morning-absolutely-perfect-baguette (obviously), and topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and an crunchy oat crumble.  WOW.

French toast with fresh fruit and maple syrup

The only challenge with Benny’s is trying to walk through the bakery on your way out and not leave with a giant bag of pastries.  Not really a huge problem in my books!

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Banana Coconut French Toast

With the long weekend just around the corner, here is a tasty idea for a leisurely brunch!  It’s a flavourful French toast recipe that I’ve served at many brunch get-togethers, and it always gets gobbled up.  After all the gobbling is usually when I tell people that it’s a vegan recipe….for some reason the word “vegan” tends to scare people, but no need to be frightened!  Especially of this recipe!  It’s filling, (fairly) healthy and most importantly, delicious.  Serve it with a heap of fresh fruit (and some icing sugar if you’re feeling dangerous) for an ideal start to your day.

Banana Coconut French Toast with Fresh Fruit

Banana Coconut French Toast Recipe

1 Banana
1 cup soy milk
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
1 day old baguette

1.  Mix all ingredients (except bread) in blender or food processor.  Dip bread in mixture and cook in frying pan with HOT oil.  Cook until golden brown.

*Replace soy milk with more coconut milk for a richer flavour.

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Stuffed French Toast

I got the idea for this Sunday brunch dish from one of my favourite Ottawa restaurants – Benny’s Bistro.  They regularly take two pieces of their amazing bakery fresh bread and stuff wonderful ingredients in between.  I decided to do a version with tart Granny Smith apples, old cheddar and a caramel drizzle.  I thought it seemed like a fancy maple syrup, which is never a bad idea.

You can pick any combination of ingredients, put it between two pieces of French toast, and you’re guaranteed a good time.  Here is what I picked for this particular batch:

Stuffed French Toast Ingredients

If you know how to make French Toast, you know how to make this dish.  Just fry on one side, flip it over and add your ingredients of choice, and add a second piece, cooked side down to form a sandwich.  Tip:  If you use something like cheese that needs to melt, put a lid over the frying pan for a few minutes to make sure it gets melty enough.

Making a French Toast Sandwich

Top with a salted caramel drizzle to finish it off.  So decadent.

Ready to enjoy!

Stuffed French Toast

Thickly sliced Italian Style Bread
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Cups Milk
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch Salt
1 Granny Smith Apple, sliced thin
Old Cheddar Cheese, sliced thin

1.  Mix milk, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a medium sized bowl, big enough for bread dunking.
2.  Dunk bread slices into mixture.
3. Heat frying pan to medium heat and melt butter.  Add dunked pieces of bread, and cook until golden brown.
4.  Flip bread and add apple and cheese to cooked side.  Top with second piece of French toast, cooked side down.
5.  Once bottom of sandwich is golden brown, flip and cook top piece of bread until golden brown as well.
6.  Top With Salted Caramel Drizzle and dig in.

Salted Caramel Drizzle

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp Heavy Cream (I used skim milk, and it worked just fine)
1 tsp vanilla
Few Pinches Fleur de Sel, to taste

1. Put everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to thicken, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t scald.  Serve when mixture reaches desired consistency.

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