The French toast that is served at Lexington Brass in NYC is based on a dish that I used to eat as a kid. I really like how the orange flavor shines through the light, buttery brioche bread. The French toast is served with an orange and grapefruit garnish and a light agave syrup to help make this usually heavy dish feel light.
- 12 1 1/2-inch slices of brioche (about 2 loaves)
- 2 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 Large eggs
- 2 Large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoon dried orange zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- Combine all of the spices and sugar in a small mixing bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Whisk the cream, milk, sugar, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla in a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Soak the brioche in the egg mixture for 30 seconds on both sides.
- Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat.
- Scatter 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture over the bottom of the pan.
- Place 2 slices of brioche in the pan on top of the spices.
- Cook until golden brown and fragrant, this should take about 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the spice on the uncooked side of the slices of bread, then turn over to cook the other side for 2 more minutes.
- Place the brioche on a clean sheet tray.
- Cook until the brioche has crisped up ever so slightly, this should take about 10 minutes.
About Lexington Brass
Stripped of pomp and circumstance, the Lexington Brass design is spacious but edgy, emoting an air of casual refinement. Full of plush seating and natural light, Lexington Brass features top notch service and a simple menu of bistro favorites that, for the weary traveler or overworked Manhattanite, will feel reminiscent of home.