Baklava French Toast with Cinnamon Honey Syrup : Forget French Toast and try this Greek Toast, inspired by traditional Greek Baklava. This dish captures all the loved flavors of baklava–butter, honey, cinnamon, walnuts, and pistachios, with easier preparation and quite a few less calories.
Have you seen the movie, Transylvania?
If you have then you have to remember Adam Sandler’s character saying over and over, I don’t say Blah-blah-blah.
I bring this up because my daughter has been studying Greece in school and was asked speak on the School news about Greece. Her part was about how Baklava is a traditional Greek food. For a week, she practiced saying, Baklava in the same ring tone voice Adam Sandler said Blah-blah-blah. It was cute…the first 10 times 🙂
Anyways, Layla became obsessed with Baklava and was asking me all about it and why I had never made it.
Well baklava is a lot of work!! Plus a lot of butter!
So I told her I would make a dish inspired by Baklava.
And I thought of french toast–thick slices of bread dipped into a honey, orange custard and then crusted with crushed pistachios and walnuts. But this could not be called French Toast, it had to be known as Greek Toast.
Baklava French Toast
No variation of french toast is complete without syrup.
But maple syrup would not do for this pistachio crusted french toast recipe.
In my mind it had to be a honey and cinnamon syrup with notes of orange flavor. Every baklava I had ever had seemed to have either lemon or orange hints in the background.
Yes, this was the kind of Baklava I could handle, and one I just knew my daughter would love.
So when, #SundaySupper, announced that we were going Greek to celebrate the release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (by the way, SO excited to see this movie), I knew I had just the recipe to share with you! Baklava Greek Toast with Cinnamon Honey Syrup was a winner at my house, and will surely be a winner at yours!
Recipe for Nut Crusted French Toast
Baklava Greek Toast with Cinnamon Honey Syrup
This french toast recipe captures all the loved flavors of baklava--butter, honey, cinnamon, walnuts, and pistachios, with easier preparation and quite a few less calories.
- 16 ounce loaf high quality french bread sliced into 3/4 inch thick slices
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 1/2 cup crushed pistachios shelled
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- juice of 1 orange
- 1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare bread dipping station by whisking eggs, vanilla, cream, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, orange zest, and dash of salt in one shallow dish and the nuts in separate shallow dish.
Heat skillet over medium heat and melt one tablespoon butter in skillet.
Dip the slices of bread into egg mixture,allowing to soak up a bit on both sides. Then place one side of bread into nut mixture, pressing down to crust the bread with the nuts.
Place nut-side up in the skillet and repeat with half of the bread slices. Cook the bread for about 5-6 minutes in the skillet, or until bottom is nicely browned. Transfer to baking sheet.
Repeat steps with remaining butter and slices of bread.
Bake all the slices for 20 minutes, or until nut-side of "Greek" Toast is browned and egg custard is set.
While preparing the toast, Make the syrup by simmering the honey, remaining teaspoon of cinnamon, juice of the orange and water over low heat. Let simmer until Greek Toast is ready to serve.
Serve the crusted "Greek Toast" with a bit of the Cinnamon Honey Syrup.
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