Please join us in welcoming Kathleen Bridge to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Kathleen writes the Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries. The second book in the series, HEARSE AND GARDENS will be out on Tuesday, May 3rd. Don't miss her great giveaway! See the bottom of the post for details.
And no matter what you wanted for breakfast when you woke up this morning, I guarantee you'll want French toast after reading this!
In my Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery series, my protagonist, Meg Barrett, doesn’t like to cook, she’d rather refinish an old piece of furniture, spend time in her garden, or catch a killer. On the other hand, Meg’s retired homicide detective father is a gourmet home chef and I’m sure he’d approve of my recipe choice. Make sure to check out Meg’s father’s recipes at the back of my new mystery, Hearse and Gardens.
Orange Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
1 8 oz. Package of cream cheese
Orange zest from one orange
¼ cup powdered sugar
Juice from 2 large oranges - approx. 1 cup
½ cup of light brown sugar
2 tbsp. milk
8 slices of brioche or white bread
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. butter
Cream cheese filling: In a small bowl mix ½ of the orange zest and powdered sugar into the softened cream cheese. This can be done the night before if you prefer a more orangey flavor.
Orange Brown Sugar Syrup: Add orange juice, brown sugar, and remaining orange zest to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, stirring often for approximately 5 minutes. Reduce to lowest heat.
In shallow bowl whisk eggs, milk, and vanilla.
Spread a generous amount of the cream cheese mixture between two slices of white or brioche bread. Do this four times. Melt butter in large non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Dip each cream cheese sandwich into the egg mixture, turn, then add to frying pan one at a time. Turn when lightly browned.
Serve with warm Orange Brown Sugar Syrup.
Hearse and Gardens, A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery by Kathleen Bridge, May 3, 2016. A Hamptons interior designer deals with skeletons in the closet in the new mystery from the national bestselling author of Better Homes and Corpses.
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