No.94
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Upside Down Caramel French Toast

Guess who’s coming to dinner and possibly breakfast? Whether it’s planned guests or those staying after a night of certain revelry, here’s a make-ahead breakfast/brunch showstopper – Upside Down Caramel French Toast – sweet!

This French toast is a part upside down cake, strata and bread pudding that reveals caramel coated stacks of cinnamon raisin layers. Serve with crème fraiche, a Boozy Black Raspberry sauce and some rashers of Black Forest bacon – your guests will be glad they stayed.

This sweet breakfast recipe came from a friend, a Rocky Mountain chef and caterer extraordinaire I have had the pleasure of cooking and working with, both on her home turf and mine in LA. I of course, tinkered with the recipe slightly.

Your part, all completed the day ahead, includes whipping up a quick caramel sauce, a loaf of thick sliced cinnamon raisin bread (cut into circles), whisking together a simple egg batter that is poured over the bread slices, then covering, refrigerate and wait until morning.

This year it is a very simple Christmas breakfast, the warm sunny 70’s days call out for a rustic patio fete. The table is set with humble everyday tableware, foraged greens for the centerpieces, with the addition of festive glassware to serve juice and of course something bubbly. Included are house favorites Boozy Black Raspberry sauce (warm fruit-sweetened black raspberry preserves with a shot of Framboise liquor) and thick crisp rashers of Black Forest bacon.

Here’s to Upside Down Caramel French Toast and celebrating the everyday beauty that is all around us, little jewels right here in our kitchens. Bijouxs wishes you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As always, enjoy. B
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  1. Holly writes

    Spoiler Alert: this is delicious! Beware, you may not be able to stop eating once it’s put in front of you. It’s like a sophisticated, tricked out cinnamon roll. YUM! Thanks LG for the sneak preview tasting….

    • Bijouxs writes

      So happy to share this sweet treat. Bigs hugs to the new baby!

  2. Oh. My. Goodness. This looks amazing. I love the combination of flavors, and the pics are gorgeous!

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Sarah! This is a special treat no doubt, but so very good! Thank you and Happy Holidays from Bijouxs!

  3. christy writes

    what a perfect breakfast treat! you are full of surprises…this looks amazing! merry christmas my dear friend. you are an amazing bijouxs yourself!
    -rip

    • Bijouxs writes

      This really translates as a giant cinnamon roll drenched in caramel and super easy! Merry Christmas to you, the one and only Rippler – looking forward to more recipe collaborations in 2012! Thank you friend!

  4. Sippitysup writes

    This may be better than the “slumber” party itself. GREG

    • Bijouxs writes

      Ha! Absolutely true here at the “ranch” – the sofa bed is not the best, better be serving some good grub in the morning. Happy Holidays Greg and thank you from Bijouxs!

  5. Valentina writes

    this is jaw dropping! really! i want some! immediately!

    • Bijouxs writes

      Such a simple breakfast treat I had to share, great for New Year’s Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  6. Robyn writes

    My special delivery to the Ranch on Christmas Eve was met with this super duper yummy treat! No surprise here…Simply Amazing!

    • Bijouxs writes

      So happy to share this with everyone who came by the Ranch this week! Thank you!!

  7. sara writes

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try for a totally decadent weekend breakfast!

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hey Sara! Thanks for being a part of Bijouxs. Happy New Year!

  8. This is SO heavenly! Would love a decadent plateful.

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Heather! If I still had some here I would Fed Ex you a plate:) Thank you!

  9. Oh my goodness gracious…your French toast sounds phenomenal!

    Thank you so much for being a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17! I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to the share-nest tomorrow!

    Happy New Year!
    Jenn

    P.S. So great to have you back!

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for the shout out! Hope to be back in the kitchen and part of “A Little Birdie Told Me”. Happy New Year too!

  10. Laura writes

    Yummier and easier to make than expected!! :) my husband absolutely loved it!! :) … Forgot to run the butter knife on the sides which was not a tragedy at all but I guess I’ll just HAVE to make it again ;)

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hey Laura! You know I always forget to do the same thing – just so excited to start enjoying this caramel delight. So happy you liked it and thanx for sharing your pics on twitter!

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