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Flavorful Fall Foods

While I always look forward to those first, fresh tastes of spring that eventually turn to the full-flavored summer fruits and vegetable I am especially fond of fall food. It comes with built in memories and the feelings of home, comfort and cozy dinners.
While many of the foods I love are found at Farmers’ Markets or, even better, in your own garden many of them are just one step removed from the producer. These are things that local food artisans have incorporated into their offerings. Essential Baking Company has some breads that are specifically found in fall and winter. One of my favorites is the Sweet Perrin made with pears (obviously), figs and hazelnuts.  
It lends itself to many variations – sliced and popped directly into the mouth!, toasted with a little sweet butter, covered with a thin layer of cream cheese and thinly sliced pears – the opportunities are endless.
Yesterday I decided it would be great as French Toast – and it was!!! I just used a basic egg/milk combination and added a bit of vanilla. I thought about also adding cinnamon or nutmeg but decided against it, although I think it would be a good idea!
Once cooked I topped it with warm maple syrup and some chopped dry-roasted hazelnuts for a delicious breakfast.
  1. Larry permalink
    12-Nov-2007 2:43 pm

    I\’ve thought about making french toast with that kind of bread, but have never taken action. Maybe next weekend!
    BTW – Do you think a a dash of Frangelico in the custard would be overkill?

  2. Culinary permalink
    12-Nov-2007 5:45 pm

    Yes to the frangelico!!  I thought of adding a bit of Poire William – or technically Clear Creeks\’ Pear Brandy.  Maybe a bit of each…. not too much though! 
    Also, I just did a quick dip before frying but I think a soaking overnight and oven baking would be perfect for this bread!

  3. Jennifer permalink
    12-Nov-2007 6:24 pm

    Outstanding! Yes!-jenj

  4. Karen permalink
    13-Nov-2007 7:35 am

    I love french toast !! and your blog would be one of my favorite blogs.

  5. Culinary permalink
    14-Nov-2007 7:44 am

    Thanks jenj and Karen!  Nice to have you stopping in!

  6. Styln permalink
    14-Nov-2007 8:46 am

    Ooooh yummy!

  7. Cindy permalink
    14-Nov-2007 9:08 am

    I\’m so happy I found your space.  Very enjoyable reading, great recipes and wonderful pictures.  Thank You!

  8. Culinary permalink
    14-Nov-2007 8:17 pm

    Thanks, Cindy!

  9. Eric permalink
    21-Nov-2007 6:04 pm

    Have you tried the walnut levain from the Columbia City Bakery (Seattle)?  It\’s great for french toast.  Yum.  Speaking of breads… I was in Zurich last week and the Fall breads were abundant – Yum again.  Speaking of hazlenuts…I was in Victoria this weekend and had dinner at Cafe Brio.  Dessert was hazlenut ravioli with chocolate filling, choclate sauce, and crumbled hazlenuts on top….a third Yum.  EE

  10. Culinary permalink
    24-Nov-2007 5:37 am

    Hi EE!
    I have had the walnut bread from Columbia City and I love it!  Just a little out of my neighborhood to eat on a regular basis….  And it sounds like you have been having epicurean travels – whether that was the real intent or not!  We need to catch up!  Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

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