Chocolate French Toast

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What You Need

¾ cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup whole milk

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 1-inch thick slices brioche bread

¼ cup unsalted butter

Confectioners sugar and fresh mint top for garnish

Fresh strawberries or your choice of fruit

2 tablespoons chocolate balsamic vinegar (optional)

What To Do

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Whisk until well blended. Pour in half of the milk and whisk until mixture is smooth. Add remaining milk, eggs and vanilla. Whisk until well blended.

2. Arrange bread in a baking dish or cast iron skillet. Pour cocoa mixture over bread. Turn bread to make sure both sides are evenly coated. Poke bread with a fork so the bread absorbs the egg mixture. 

3. Add butter into a large nonstick pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Carefully transfer the bread to the pan. Cook each side until brown and lightly crisp about 2 to 3 minutes. Place French toast in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and fresh strawberries.  Drizzle strawberries with chocolate balsamic vinegar. (optional) 

Meet the Guest Stars
Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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