Brandy Brioche French Toast With Berry Juice

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup brandy, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Unsalted butter, for the griddle
  • 10 1½-inch thick slices of brioche (large loaf)
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese for garnish
  • Berry sauce
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

METHOD:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the berries with ¼ cup of the brandy and the maple syrup. Cook over moderate heat until the berries are softened and sauce thickens, about 4 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the heavy cream, sugar, ground ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Transfer to a deep pan.
  3. Cut a 2-inch pocket into the top of the bread.
  4. Heat a large cast-iron griddle and lightly butter it. Working in batches, dip the brioche in the egg mixture, turning once, until moistened but not soggy.
  5. Transfer the bread to the griddle and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes. 
  6. Transfer the French toast to a baking sheet. Top each piece with berry sauce, a dollop of mascarpone, and garnish with powdered sugar.
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