This was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day post, but we have had a few extra doses of chaos around here lately. Better late than never, right??
Mad Scientist and I had one of our first dates at Brockton Villa in La Jolla, California. Brockton Villa is famous for its Coast Toast – a delicious cross between french toast and soufflé, filled with orange-y goodness. Unfortunately, we no longer live in the area, but luckily the Coast Toast recipe is available on Brockton Villa’s website. I make Coast Toast a few times a year and the homemade version is almost as good as the original. If you ever find yourself in La Jolla, be sure to check it out!
Coast Toast (Serves 6)
1 loaf soft French bread (sliced)
1 qt. whipping cream
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
2 Tbs vanilla
2 Tbs orange flavoring
Combine liquid ingredients. Pour over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
Remove bread and discard liquid. Spread butter on flat grill.
Cook bread until golden brown, then bake at 450° for 5-7 minutes or until bread is puffed up like a soufflé. Dust with powdered sugar.
The bread should be cut into slices about 1 inch thick. I usually leave the bread soaking in the liquid overnight to ensure that as much of the liquid is soaked up as possible. You can replace the whipping cream with half and half or milk if you are trying to save on fat and calories, but it really is worth it if you just splurge and go for it as written.
When cooking the bread on the griddle, you want to get a nice brown toast on each side, but don’t worry about it cooking all the way through. The middle should still be a little raw so that when you finish them off in the oven they will puff up like a soufflé.
Dust lightly with powdered sugar and enjoy! As always, I suggest an ice cold Diet Coke as the perfect beverage pairing! 🙂
I’d love to hear from you! Where’s your favorite date spot?