We’ve been excited all week to participate in Alabama creamery Belle Chevre‘s virtual potluck for the release of their new cookbook “Tasia’s Table.” With Belle Chevre founder Tasia Malakasis on the cover and a foreward by Natalie Chanin, the cookbook is a beautifully photographed ode to goat cheese and artisan food. When Belle Chevre asked us to choose a recipe to make as part of the potluck, we had a hard time. Creamy Belle Chevre Grits with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Greens Pie and Fig and Goat Cheese Tart were calling our name. Ultimately, we decided to make Belle and The Bees Stuffed French Toast.
A decadent breakfast item that will make you feel like a Queen (or King) Bee all morning, this French toast recipe is also simple and quick. Make it for your house guests, and they’ll be raving about your culinary skills. But after trying it once, you may find yourself just whipping up a single serving on a Saturday morning. Drizzle a little honey on top and don’t change out of your bathrobe. If Belle and The Bees Stuffed French Toast is any indication, we think Malakasis’s first cookbook embodies what she says she strives to be: “Dedicated to making simple things elegant and more delicious than one can imagine.”
Enjoy her recipe below, and scroll down for giveaway details!
Belle and The Bees Stuffed French Toast
4 slices (about 2 inches thick) dense bread, like challah (we used ciabatta)
4 oz. Belle & The Bees Breakfast Cheese (this is Belle Chevre’s own honeyed goat cheese; we used goat cheese from the grocery store and drizzled a bit of local honey on top)
8 strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup buttermilk
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
Cut the bread slices almost in half, leaving one edge intact to form a pocket, similar in appearance to pita bread. Spread the cheese on the inside of each piece. (We drizzled honey on the cheese here.) Follow with a layer of strawberries and close the bread. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Melt butter in pan. Whisk the buttermilk and the remaining five ingredients in a flat bowl. Dip the bread into the mixture, soaking sides and edges. Fry in pan until each side is golden brown.
Keep warm in a 250-degree oven while preparing remaining French toast in the same way. Serves 4. (We drizzled more honey on top for serving.)
Tasia’s Table Giveaway
We have one copy of “Tasia’s Table” to give away. To be entered to win, comment on this post with your own food aspirations BY OCTOBER 11. Maybe you just want to put dinner on the table for your family or would like to go to culinary school one day. Malakasis says that during a career in Internet technologies she discovered that food and cooking were what really made her happy. It took her a couple years, but she eventually bought a creamery in Alabama and became a cheesemaker. We’ll choose the winner with the best story and put your cookbook in the mail.
Check out these others bloggers’ posts from the potluck for more goat cheese recipes from Tasia: