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Spring Brunch Idea: French Toast with Grapefruit and Star Anise

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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