Spring Brunch Idea: French Toast with Grapefruit and Star Anise

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grapefruit french toast

I’m kind of fanatical about grapefruit, as evidenced by these ruby red grapefruit bars, this grapefruit cardamom tart, or this retro ambrosia salad. I also love french toast (cinnamon french toast, anyone?). But somehow, before today, I never thought to combine the two. Maybe because grapefruit isn’t French.

Although I’m sad to have wasted all those years not making it, I am glad I finally got around to whipping up a batch of grapefruit french toast. The simple sweet flavor of the french toast is a nice match for the bright, round flavor of the grapefruit, and the star anise lends a sophisticated and unexpected taste. Best of all, it’s no more difficult than ordinary french toast–a perfect weekend brunch for families. Go ahead, give it a try.

French Toast with Grapefruit and Star Anise
serves 4

6 eggs
3/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons grapefruit zest
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground star anise
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 slices of bread (day old challah)
coconut, or other neutral oil, for cooking

Heat an oven-proof platter in the oven to 200 degrees. Preheat a large skillet of griddle over medium-high heat.

Slice the bread to 3/4″ thick. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, grapefruit juice, milk, zest, sugar, star anise, and salt. Add the vanilla extract.

Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Dip a slice of challah into the batter for 10 seconds, making sure it is fully immersed. Using a spatula, place in hot pan, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes per side. Remove finished slices to the platter in the oven.

Serve with real maple syrup and a sprinkle of grapefruit zest.

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