I recently came across the concept of baklava french toast by Elly on elly says opa! . It is basically french toast stuffed with a baklava like filling and then drenched in a honey syrup just like baklava. Baklava is one of my favorite treats and I just had to try the frech toast version. Making the baklava french toast is a bit of work but it is well worth it. The aromas of cinnamon, citrus and honey make the baklava french toast and experience before you even take a bite. When you do take a bite the toast is slightly crisp on the outside and warm and soft and moist on the inside. Then you hit the crunchy nut mixture and are hit with a blast of cinnamon. Covering all of this is a sweet and gooey honey, cinnamon and citrus syrup…mmm… I really enjoyed the baklava french toast! Since it takes a lot less effort to make than baklava it is perfect for when that baklava craving hits and you just don’t have time to make baklava.
Baklava French Toast
French toast stuffed with a nut and cinnamon filling inspired by the flavours of baklava.
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 inch piece of lemon rind *
- 1 inch piece of orange rind *
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
- 1 handful nuts, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 slices of bread
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- garnish with extra nut filling, zest & cinnamon
- Simmer the honey, water, lemon rind, orange rind and cinnamon in a small pan until it thickens to a syrupy consistency.
- Remove from heat and remove the rinds and cinnamon stick if used.
- Mix the nuts, cinnamon and honey in a bowl.
- Place the nut mixture between 2 slices of bread.
- Mix the egg, milk, lemon juice, orange juice, vanilla extract and salt in a shallow dish.
- Dip the sandwich into the egg mixture to cover both sides.
- Melt some butter in a pan and fry the French toast until golden brown on both sides.
- Serve the French toast with the syrup on top