Like French toast? You're going to live this recipe.

Los Angeles TimesAugust 9, 2013 

BOB CHAMBERLIN — Los Angeles Times

The trick to this French toast is a combination of cornflakes and buttery palmiers, which add great crunch and rich flavor.

With a topping of apples and a dusting of powdered sugar, it makes for a perfect start to the day.

CRISPY FRENCH TOAST

45 minutes; serves 4

Apple topping

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup light brown sugar

Salt

2 tablespoons cold water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and a pinch of salt over low heat.

Cook, stirring until the apples are tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes.

While the apples are cooking, combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture to the apples and increase the heat to high, stirring until the liquid bubbles and thickens.

Remove from heat and hold in a warm place.

Crispy French toast

6 eggs

1 cup half and half

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups cornflakes

1 cup crumbled palmiers (you can substitute 1 extra cup cornflakes)

3 tablespoons powdered sugar, plus more for dusting

Oil for deep-frying

4 slices sourdough bread, cut into 3/4-inch slices

In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, half and half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to form the batter.

In a food processor, grind the cornflakes with the palmiers and powdered sugar to a coarse, sandy texture.

Heat the oil in a wide pot or deep fryer until it reaches 350 degrees.

While the oil is heating, start preparing the French toast: Dip the bread in the batter to soak, then press the soaked bread into the crust mixture on both sides to form a good coating. Place the bread in the fryer, careful not to crowd, and fry until the crust is golden-brown, about 2 minutes.

Drain the French toast on paper towels to remove any excess oil, then arrange on a plate and top with apples and a dusting of powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutrition per serving: 823 calories, 21 grams protein, 115 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 32 grams fat, 10 grams saturated fat, 318 cholesterol, 52 grams sugar, 713 mg sodium

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