When Laura goes grocery shopping with health-food-obsessed Spencer, she can hardly believe that he’s never had s’mores. Later, when she persuades him to try one, he has to admit it’s pretty good. So is this recipe for S’mores French Toast, made with buttery-crisp griddled brioche, toasted marshmallows, melty dark chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs, served with fresh berries.
Yield: 2 sandwiches (4 servings)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Graham Cracker Crumble:
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup half and half
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
4 slices country bread, ½-inch thick
12 large marshmallows
As needed, blueberries
As needed, maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. To prepare graham cracker crumble: combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a bowl and mix to blend. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a small pie pan. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool; crumble into pieces.
3. To prepare chocolate ganache: Bring heavy cream to a simmer, stirring occasionally; pour over chocolate chips and let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk until smooth and creamy. If making ahead, chocolate ganache can be reheated in microwave in 10 second increments until melted, stirring frequently.
4. To prepare French toast: combine eggs, half and half, and vanilla in a shallow bowl and whisk to blend. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Dip bread slices in egg mixture; drain excess and griddle on each side for 3 minutes, or until golden.
5. Preheat broiler. Place marshmallows on baking sheet; run under broiler until puffy and lightly toasted.
6. To assemble each s’mores French toast sandwich: arrange 6 toasted marshmallows on 1 slice of warm French toast; drizzle warm chocolate ganache over marshmallows. Top with 1 slice of French toast, forming a sandwich. Top, as needed, with a drizzle of chocolate ganache, blueberries, maple syrup and graham cracker crumbles. Cut sandwich in half. Repeat with remaining s’mores French toast components to make additional sandwiches.