This decadent Baked French Toast With Banana Brûlée will be the star of your next brunch. Lucious French Toast made with a touch of Grand Marnier and topped with Banana Brûlée – what’s not to love?
The recipe for Baked French Toast with Banana Brûlée comes from Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor by Tasia Malakasis, the CEO of Belle Chevre.
Market Tip **Recipe from Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor and reprinted with permission.
Choose the fat loaves of French bread for this dish—you want something softer than a skinny baguette. Even a loaf of Italian bread will work just fine.
**Recipe from Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor and reprinted with permission.
I had the pleasure of briefly meeting the author at Belle Chevre, her creamery located in the small town of Elkmont, Alabama. Tasia is a beautiful woman, both inside and out. Judging by her cookbooks, she has to be a fabulous cook as well.
Southern Made Fresh
In Southern Made Fresh, she starts the cookbook just like you would your day – with breakfast. The pictures are mouth-watering and the recipes are practical. Tasia’s Herbed Goat Cheese Frittata and Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Frittata will be among the first dishes I try once my chickens start laying eggs. Brunch is the next item on the menu with recipes such as Rhubarb Coffee Cake, Spicy Bloody Marys, Grits with Red-Eye Gravy, Sweet Potato Hash, along with Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes, Buttermilk Granola Muffins, and Brown Sugar-Glazed Bacon, plus several more dishes that would be great for lazy weekend mornings or get-togethers with friends.
Like salads? Then the chapter titled Noonday Comfort is where you should go. Recipes in this section include Watercress & Apple Salad, Collar Green Cobb Salad, Egg Salad, and BLT Buttermilk Blue Slaw. Lunch recipes range from Shrimp Burgers to Summer Corn Soup with Corn Salsa to Tomato Pie with Fresh Corn and Herbs (it is the featured dish on the book’s cover).
In “A NIBBLE HERE and There,” there are plenty of recipes for elegant snacks to have on hand to whip up in a flash. You can practice Southern hospitality with her recipes for Cranberry-Pistachio Cheese Logs, Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, and Parmesan Cheese Straws. There are recipes in this chapter that are sure to make your next cocktail party a hit.
SIPS, SHAKES, and Shines is sure to wet your whistle with recipes for spirited drinks like Pomegranate Margaritas, Spiked Jalapeno Lemonade, and Muscadine Sangria, as well as non-spirited Homemade Strawberry Milk.
Finishing the day would not be complete without a delicious Southern Supper with soul-satisfying dishes like Catfish Fillets, Classic Chicken Pot Pies, Cajun Dirty Rice, and Jambalaya with Shrimp & Andouille Sausage.
Tasia admits to not having a sweet tooth, so the smallest section of the book is Something Sweet. Though it is a short chapter, there are recipes that are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth, such as Peach Fried Pies, Pecan-Applesauce Coffee Cake, Banana Pudding Trifle, and even Moon Pies.
You can find Southern Living Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor at your favorite bookstore or at Amazon.com. It is a delightful book sure to bring out the Southern in you.