Cardamom Brioche French Toast

French toast recipe

Having grown up with the aroma of cardamom and many home grown spices back in South India, cardamom remains to be my favorite! It has a unique flavor and intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. Though green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices, just a little goes a long way. Never powder the pods and store. They will lose freshness rapidly. Always store the whole pods in an air tight glass bottle. When you need to use it, peel the seeds and pound it down to a powder with a little sugar. Use it right away for best taste and aroma. You may save the peeled shells and add it into chai. 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 thick slices brioche or white bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder from 2 green cardamom pods
  • A pinch of nutmeg, preferably fresh grated
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. butter to grease the skillet
  • Fresh raspberries and powdered sugar to garnish

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric and melted butter. Pour it into a shallow dipping plate. 
  2. Set a skillet on medium heat. Add butter and let it melt. 
  3. Dip bread in the egg mixture, place them in the skillet and fry until golden brown. Flip and repeat. 
  4. Serve with raspberries and a generous dusting of sugar. Enjoy!