WHAT’S COOKIN: Orange Cardamom French Toast with a (Failed) Mint Sugar Caramelized Top

I had Cardamom in my pantry for ages.
And had been thinking of ways to utilize it in quick and easy ways.
Orange Sauce over French Toast was my initial thoughts.
Morrocco had been on my mind lately.
The vegetable compartment in the fridge have been yelling for attention.
Mint! Oranges! Japanese Black Sugar!
And I had been really dreaming of  a crispy caramel top a la Crème Brûlée on my french toast like Smitten Kitchen’s.
Sweet cravings!.
Anyway so here goes.
I cracked my Cardamom pods in a mortar. Extracted the seeds and pound it to a powder.
This will be added to the egg mixture later.
And kept the pods, to add it to my lattes or teas whenever :)
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You can add another egg and increase the cardamom powder by abit more if you like.
And cream if you have it on hand, to make a richer custard mixture.
Oh yum.
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INGREDIENTS  (for 1 pax)
For Toast:
1 Egg
2 Slices Thick Cut bread
3 Cardamom Pods (Seed Extracted, pound to powder)
Dash of Vanilla essence
Zest of 1 Orange
Dash of Milk
1 tbsp Unsalted Butter for frying
For Caramel Top:
I actually used some Mint Sugar Syrup I had before hand, and added a tablespoon of Black Sugar.
Alternatively,
  • 4 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 50ml Water
METHOD:
  • Beat all the ingredients for the french toast together.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat Pan, and soak your bread in the egg mixture.
  • Melt a tbsp butter.
  • Meantime, heat another small pot/pan with the sugar and water.
  • Make sure to keep an eye in the syrup.
  • Cook your toast one at a time, if your pan is small like mine.
  • Make sure both sides are browned nicely.
  • By the time you are in your done frying up your first or second toast, the syrup should be nicely melted.
  • The sugar should bubble until most of the water has evaporated off. Using a spoon, it should have a consistency almost like honey when scooped.
  • Spread your caramelized sugar on the hot toast.
  • If you managed to evaporate off enough of the water while making the caramel, it should cool to a thin crispy sugar crust :)
  • Serve hot.
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I didn’t want to waste the orange, so I made caramelized oranges on the side with orange segments.
And had it served on the side.
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VERDICT:
Orange and Cardamom is an interesting way to make your french toast. The orange zest and the perfume of the cardamom was definitely uplifting on a rainy evening. Even as breakfast in the morning with a steaming cup of fragrant coffee.
I would leave out the Orange segments. And keep it simple with just Sugar sprinkled on top, a hardened Caramel Top (If I had been successful!) or just normal syrup.