From Garden to Table: Deep-Dish French Toast with Lavender Recipe

Lavender is the secret ingredient to this special breakfast Deep-Dish Lavender French Toast recipe.

| June 2012

What could possibly make a french toast breakfast any better? How about cream cheese, blueberries and a hint of fresh lavender. Kathy Gehrt's Discover Cooking with Lavender (Florentia Press, 2010) includes this scrumptious Deep-Dish French Toast with Lavender recipe, revolutionizing the way you do breakfast. This excerpt is taken from the chapter "Sweet Secrets." 

Deep-Dish Lavender French Toast with Blueberries

Makes 12 servings 

Looking for a special breakfast or brunch recipe? This oven-baked French toast combines bread, eggs, milk and sugar with cream cheese, blueberries and nuts. The secret ingredient—lavender—makes all the other ingredients taste even better, a great dish for an Easter buffet. 

• 1 teaspoon butter for coating the baking dish
• 1 large (1 1/2 to 1 3/4-pound) brioche loaf cut into 1-inch cubes, about 10 cups
• 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into 18 cubes
• 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 8 large eggs
• 2 cups milk
• 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon lavender buds, ground into powder
• Pinch of nutmeg
• Pinch of ground cloves
• 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Serve with:  

• Powdered sugar
• Pure maple syrup, warmed

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