No, you're not seeing things, the title of this recipe is correct: this French toast is made by literally dipping bread slices into melted ice cream.
I wish I could say I came up with this idea myself, but I didn't. The first time I heard of this was when we were eating at a restaurant called Pickles during a vacation in Seaside, FL. I was thinking about this French toast the other day and couldn't get it out of my head, so I knew I'd have to try to recreate it in my own kitchen.
When you think about it, it's really not that crazy of an idea. A typical French toast coating is made by mixing together eggs and some kind of milk or cream, right? Most ice cream bases start with a lightly-cooked custard of egg yolks and a combination of cream and milk. The difference between the two is that the ice cream base is cooked while the usual French toast mixture is raw, and of course you have the sugar and other added flavorings in the ice cream, making this toast a bit sweeter.
The result is a sweet and indulgent breakfast perfect for those weekend mornings when you want to make something a little extra special. I love the extra "Hmm" factor that using melted ice cream adds to the dish. It'll make people say "Hmm... what's that I'm tasting?" when they bite into it, because it'll taste like a delicious French toast, but juuust a little different resulting from the cooked custard base of the ice cream.
The best part? It only takes 2 ingredients (plus toppings) to whip this together. If you wanted this to be extra special, you could always use your favorite homemade (egg-based) ice cream recipe.
This is so ridiculously easy to make, as all you have to do is empty a pint of vanilla ice cream (make sure you get the good stuff with eggs or yolks in the ingredients list for that true French toast taste and texture) into a saucepan, let it melt, dip your bread, and then toast it! I used vanilla ice cream, but there are lots of flavors out there you could use that would be delicious.
This French toast is sweet enough on its own with some fresh sliced fruit or a smear of butter, though it's also amazing with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Enjoy!Print
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