David Burke loves this dish because it maintains a certain whimsy but is very reminiscent of a dish that moms have made for years. The peanut butter elevates a childhood favorite taste into truly gourmet fare. 

Ingredients

French Toast

  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 thick slices of brioche, or challah bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Peanut Butter Mousse

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped

Strawberry rhubarb jam

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
  • 1 cup rhubarb, trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pectin
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Preparation

To make French toast

Beat together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until smooth and pour until a shallow bowl. Dip sliced bread into the French toast mixture on both sides. Melt butter over a large skillet on medium high heat. Fry until brown on both sides.

To make mouse

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar until fully combined. Add seeds of vanilla beans and peanut butter. Fully combine until smooth. Place mousse in a piping bag.

Strawberry rhubarb jam preparation

Place strawberries, rhubarb, 2 ½ cups sugar, and lime juice in a large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, whisk together remaining ½ cup sugar and pectin, and whisk into jam mixture. Continue stirring jam on medium high heat until fully thickened. Set aside and allow to fully cool.

French toast layer assembly

Using a 1 inch ring cutter, punch out the center of the warm French toast. Using a pastry bag, pipe the peanut butter mousse until the center is filled. Spread strawberry-rhubarb jam on the plate, and place warm French toast on top. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with maple syrup on the side.