Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mini French Toast Biscuits

French Toast is one of my most favorite breakfast foods. It's so adaptable. There are so many varieties; it can be stuffed, it can be different flavors, it can be covered with anything you want. That is why I love to try different French Toast recipes when I have a chance. French Toast casseroles, quick stove top french toast, stuffed french toast, you name it, I've made it. This though is a new one for me. I came up with the idea when I wanted a personal sized french toast breakfast for work. I thought what's easy to travel with...muffins, biscuits, cupcakes. So I landed on biscuits, thinking I could cut down my prep time by using prepackaged biscuits. So thats what I did, and I have to say the results were better then expected. Think flaky buttermilk biscuits, soaked in a sweet, cinnamon, milky concoction. Topped with crunchy oats, and then smothered with fresh blueberries and lets not forget, syrup. Just like the real thing, but travel sized. They would also be a great substation for real french toast at a brunch party where people like to have a little sample of everything. Plus you can make them ahead of time! I love recipes that can be made the day before so you have more free time to decorate the day of.

Mini French Toast Biscuits



Your typical french toast ingredients are needed. Milk, cream, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and my secret ingredient Bailey's Irish Cream. Then you'll just need a can of buttermilk biscuits, the small variety. If your using Pillsbury it would be their Jr. sized biscuits. Place each biscuit in a greased cupcake pan hole.


Mix together your batter. Milk, cream, Bailey's Irish Cream, eggs, cinnamon, and sugar. Fill each cupcake hole with equal amounts of the batter. Place in a refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but 6 hours would be ideal. The longer they sit, they more the liquid has a chance to absorb into the dough.


Once ready to bake, make the oat topping. Mix together oats and brown sugar. Cut in cold butter till the mixture resembles pebbles. Sprinkle evenly on top of biscuits. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 18 minutes or for as long as directed on biscuit package. 


Serve warm with a fruit compote made with fresh fruit of choice {I used blueberries} and juice from half a lemon. Place both in a saucepan and cook down till fruit releases it's juices. Spoon on top of your biscuits. Drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with powder sugar for a complete french toast experience. 


This is a great recipe to make with your kids too and they will love eating their personal sized creations when they are done. Cut down on the sugar and use low fat milk, and syrup to save on some calories if you'd like. Either way, I promise these are sure to become a hit! 


Mini French Toast Biscuits
Makes: 10 servings  |  Prep Time: 1 hr 5 minutes  |  Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients
1 package small buttermilk biscuits (10 count)
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream 
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbs cinnamon
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes
1 pt blueberries
juice from half a lemon
maple syrup
powdered sugar for dusting

1. Place each individual biscuit in a greased cupcake pan hole. Mix together the milk, cream, Bailey's Irish Cream, eggs, cinnamon, and sugar. 

2. Fill each cupcake hole with equal amounts of the batter. Place in a refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but 6 hours would be ideal. The longer they sit, they more the liquid has a chance to absorb into the dough.

3. Once ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together oats and brown sugar. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in cold butter till the mixture resembles pebbles. Sprinkle evenly on top of biscuits. 

4. Bake for 18 minutes or for as long as directed on biscuit package. In the meantime place the blueberries and juice from half a lemon in a saucepan and cook down till fruit releases it's juices. 

5. Once biscuits are done, spoon blueberries on top of your biscuits. Drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with powder sugar for a complete french toast experience.