lavender honey chevre french toast & dried figs

In breakfast, brekkie, brunch, culinary experiments, ethnic food, sweet treats, vegetarian on 05.15.11 at 12:04 pm

french toast can be both savory & sweet? c’est possible! :)

so believe it or not, this was my first try at making homemade french toast. (surprising, i know, considering how much i love brunch-a-roo!) this weekend, i was inspired by the lovely artisan sourdough bread from sidewalk citizen bakery that i found at my fave cheese shop. the taste & texture of the sourdough is perfect for french toast — soaking up the egg and complementing the flavourful toppings.

back to the savory & sweet… although traditional recipes for french toast call for a simple bread-egg mixture with some sort of sweet flavour like cinnamon or maple syrup, why not add some cheese for a little pizzazz? :) i was looking for something savory to pair nicely with the sweet lavender honey and dried figs from my pantry. snaps to the wonderful staff at janice beaton fine cheese, who helped me navigate the seemingly endless varieties of cheese… the winner: chevre frais (fresh goat cheese). yummers.

prep the toast:
– whisk 1 large egg in medium prep bowl
– soak 2 thick slices of artisan sourdough bread (on both sides, until egg mixture is absorbed into bread)

the sweet & the savory:
– spread lavender honey on each slice of egg-soaked sourdough

(tip: yes, it’s a bit awkward with the egg-soaked sourdough, so no worries if the honey isn’t incorporated evenly. this particular lavender honey is unpasteurized honey with lavender flowers from a farm on salt spring island, british columbia.)

– add some thin slices of chevre frais and sandwich the sourdough slices together.

(tip: best to choose a variety of cheese that melts nicely; goat cheese and brie work well here. i picked chevre frais for its smooth texture and rich, savory flavour to complement the sweet flavours of lavender honey & dried figs.)

– melt 2 tsp of light margarine in large saucepan
– add sourdough sandwich to pan for 1-2 min on each side, or until egg-soaked bread is toasted golden brown.

(tip: if you have any leftover egg mixture in the prep bowl, feel free to pour it over the bread in pan at start of cooking.)

– double ingredient quantities above for 2 servings

food styling:
– garnish w/ 3 dried figs (halved)

bon appétit! :)

  1. You have such inventive ideas. That bread looks amazing and what you made with it– even better.


  2. Oh boy, this looks fantastic! Love the sweet and savory aspect of the dish. And who doesn’t like french toast? :)


  3. Lavender honey chevre French toast & dried figs – decadent!
    :-) Mandy


  4. […] the savory & sweet french toast recipe from a few weeks ago, i used more traditional sweet flavours this time around. cinnamon. […]


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