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

  • Looking for a special breakfast or brunch recipe? Transform a large brioche loaf (or any delicious loaf of bread) into our scrumptious Deep-Dish French Toast with Lavender recipe.
    Photo by Grecaud Paul/Fotolia
  • "Discover Cooking with Lavender" by Kathy Gehrt is an inspiring guide that will infuse your kitchen with fragrance and zesty richness. Explore the culinary wonders of lavender in this fresh recipe book.
    Photo courtesy Florentia Press (c) 2010

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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