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Spiked Salted Caramel French Toast

Are you planning a brunch this weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day? This spiked salted caramel French toast recipe is the perfect dish to serve. The sweet brioche bread mixes with the caramel flavoring for a yummy morning treat. 

Spiked Salted Caramel French Toast

Ingredients:

Loaf of Brioche Bread

1/4 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel 

3/4 Cup Milk or Heavy Cream

3 Eggs 

1 Tablespoon Sugar 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Pinch of Salt

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

Caramel Sauce (Optional) 

Maple Syrup (Optional) 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish, whisk together Jackson Morgan, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt then set aside. Cut the brioche bread into half inch slices. 

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium high heat until bubbly. Dip bread in the egg mixture on both sides, shake off excess. Then add dipped bread to the skilled and cook until golden on both sides. Continue until all pieces of the bread have been cooked. You may need to add remaining butter to keep the bread from sticking to the pan. 

Add bread to an oven safe pan and bake for 5 minutes. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce and maple syrup (optional) or enjoy plain. 

Cheers! 

 

 

Valentine's Day Brunch

Valentine's Day is around the corner and we love any reason to get together with friends over cocktails and good food. This year, I hosted a Valentine's Day brunch. Why not show your friends how much they mean to you by hosting a fun brunch or dinner? Now for the details on the festive brunch. 

Decor

To keep the theme simple, I used a traditional color palette of red, white, and blush. I wanted this brunch to feel fancy since it was a special occasion. I brought out my monogrammed linen napkins and paired those with my all time favorite plates from Pottery Barn. The striped runner and heart placemats added a touch of whimsy and made clean up a breeze. My trusty Nora Fleming pieces with the Valentine's Day minis were ideal for serving the delicious food. The new wood serving board is the best for cheese trays. 

Attire

Since this was brunch was on the fancier side, everyone wore cocktail dresses. I love these dresses from Camilyn Beth, they are well made and timeless. The white Tilly dress with the tulle sleeves was a favorite of mine and would be perfect for a bridal shower or New Years Eve party. The classic Go Go dress has been my go to cocktail dress for years, I own it in hot pink and navy and have worn it many times over the last few years. 

Cocktails

What would a party be without cocktails? Our peppermint mocha cream was the perfect drink to serve for brunch. It goes well in coffee or just over ice (how I served it). I cut strawberries into hearts using this tutorial and garnished the cocktails using a cocktail pick. I find if you serve a simple cocktail in a nice glass such as this blush gold coupe it seems more fancy. I used our Jackson Morgan mini bottles as party favors by tying a bow with red striped ribbon around the bottles and placing at each plate. 

The Menu

For our Valentine's Day Brunch, Brightside Bakery made the most delicious brioche rolls in an array of flavors and croissants which paired nicely with our peppermint mocha cream. For brunch, we had bacon, biscuits, cheese tray, spiked salted caramel French toast, fresh fruit, feta cheese pastry tarts, and festive cookies. Stay tuned for a recipe for the spiked salted caramel French toast. 

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? 

Special thanks to Camilyn Beth, Nora Fleming, and Brightside Bakery for partnering with us on this party. 

Valentine's Day Coffee/ Hot Chocolate Bar

For Valentine's Day this year, we hosted a Valentine's Day brunch. Our coffee and hot chocolate bar was huge hit! Guests had the option of fresh brewed coffee or hot chocolate as a base. We then had three Jackson Morgan flavors to choose from with festive toppings such as marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate hearts. We used our favorite whimsical Ashley Brooke Designs mugs to complete the affair. This is an easy set up for Valentine's Day this weekend. Several of the items we used on our coffee bar are also in our Valentine's Day giveaway. Enter to win these gold foiled napkins and an ABD mug here