Citrus French Toast

Brunch is the perfect way to start your day. And whether I am cooking for myself or for a crowd, French toast is one of my favorite go-to recipes. Prep is quick and easy enough that you can chat with your guests and be eating in no time. This morning I decided to change it up and added a hint of citrus to my favorite recipe.

4 slices french bread, sliced thick
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp agave syrup
3 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp orange peel
Powdered Sugar

1. Whisk milk, eggs, agave syrup, orange juice and vanilla extract together.
2. Add cinnamon and orange peel. Mix until evenly distributed in batter.
3. Soak french bread in mixture for 5 minutes, or overnight.
4. Preheat a griddle to medium-high heat.
5. Place French toast on griddle for 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue for 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden.
6. Serve with a drizzle of agave syrup and dusting of powdered sugar.

Serves 2

Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Scones

I can't usually go a weekend without baking something, and this weekend was no exception. The weather has finally cooled down a bit in Phoenix, I woke up to temperatures in the 70s! So this morning I decided to incorporate one of my favorite flavors of fall, cinnamon apples, into scones. I remember eagerly watching my mom prepare scones when I was growing up, but I never really paid close enough attention to make them myself. When I first tried making scones myself a few years ago, I realized they are quite easy to prepare and take relatively little time to bake. And scones are like biscuits in that you can easily transform them from a morning pastry to a savory side dish, simply by changing up the mix-ins to your batter.

1 granny smith apple
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter

2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a small sauce pan, melt 1 tbsp butter. 
3. Dice apple into small chunks, about the width of your thumb. (You want them large enough to maintain a slight crunch after baking the scones)
4. Add apples, brown sugar and cinnamon to the melted butter. Stir so that apples are fully coated. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.
6. Cut in butter, until flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
7. In a small bowl, beat eggs and whisk in buttermilk, milk and cinnamon apples. 
8. Add all at once to flour mixture, and stir with a fork until batter is just moistened. 
9. Turn out dough onto a flour surface and form into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Cut dough into triangles.
10. Arrange scones on a lined baking sheet so they are not touching.
11. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.  

Makes 16 small or 8 large scones