13 September 2008

Manuka Honey-Drenched Whole Grain French Toast with Walnuts

It is gray and damp in Wisconsin today, but we were outdoors early to clean out the nest boxes, fill the bird feeders, take down the wind chimes and move the copper birdbath inside. We stashed garden tools and pots in the horse barn.

I attended to the compost pile, adding vegetable scraps from the crisper, and plucked the remainder of the cherry tomatoes from the potted plant on the deck. Walking down into the garden, I noticed a small toad making its hip-hoppity way to a hiding place under the spreading yew. We take delight in these small creatures and happily share a yard with them.

Working outdoors on a cool morning helped us work up a hunger. It was obvious we needed a hearty breakfast.

Still bent on cleaning out the larder before we take off, I came up with this healthy concoction:

Whole Grain French Toast with Walnuts and Manuka Honey


  • 4 slices dense whole grain bread
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • dash cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Manuka honey
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • your favorite maple syrup, optional


Coat walnuts in 1 teaspoon butter, dash sea salt and 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Roast at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, tossing frequently. While nuts are roasting, beat eggs, soy milk, sea salt, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, cinnamon in broad flat bowl. Immerse bread in egg mixture and soak for 3-4 minutes to ensure bread is thoroughly coated. Melt remainder of butter in skillet. Add soaked bread and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until browned on both sides. Midway through cooking, add Manuka honey, which is reputed to have beneficial qualities. Remove French toast from skillet and place on plates, topping with walnuts and syrup.

Thanks to Fiona in New Zealand for the honey!

13 comments:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Now that's what I call a breakfast of champions!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Ooh, perfect name for it, Lydia.

Since more organic products have been available locally, I buy them when I can, especially at farm markets.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That would be worth working in the yard for!

Fiona said...

I'm very glad you are enjoying the honey Mimi, it is very good for all that ails you ;)

This particular recipe is a wonderful, specially with the addition of the walnuts. Yum !

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tanna. I like to think we worked it all off before we even ate it. And it was good.

Great honey, Fiona! Different!

Dawn said...

I would devour that with my morning java. Mmm.

Judy said...

How wonderful that sounds. I've never heard the honey, I'll have to look for some. I bet you were ready or a nap after all that work and that delicious breakfast!!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Dawn, I was rather pleased with it myself.

Judy, I always look forward to a nap on the weekend! For me, it's usually on the sofa during a football game - it's all white noise to me!

toni said...

Wish I had read this post before I raked up 6 bags of yard waste yesterday! Oh...yummmmmm!!!!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Gee, Toni, that is a lot of yard waste! I will be doing the same in a few weeks. It seems like I just finished cleaning up the spring waste...

A World in a PAN said...

Pretty rich, but looks delicious.

Alisa said...

This looks delicious! I know another fiber-filled pastry you might like...Flax oat bran muffins this is delicious and healthy too!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Not really all that rich if you use Smart Balance and sugar free syrup, as I did, WIAP!

Sounds great, Alissa! I will check it out.