Love is in the Air: Red Velvet French Toast

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what a better way to celebrate than to create the perfect, romantic brunch item: Red Velvet French Toast! This recipe serves one or two people, perfect for an intimate breakfast with the person you love! Of course, you can always double or triple the recipe to serve at a party. A lot of people don’t know this, but the flavor “red velvet” isn’t just vanilla with red food coloring (and no, “red” is not a flavor). “Red velvet” cake is actually a chocolate cake with vanilla, buttermilk, and red food coloring. There are many different accounts on how “red velvet” was created, but my favorite version is that back in the olden days, the cocoa powder turned a red color combined with buttermilk in a cake. This chocolate cake wasn’t brown like we know chocolate cake to be today, but red. Nowadays to recreate that red colored chocolate cake, we add in red dye for that signature bright red look.

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I am not a big fan of food coloring because it is just unnatural and artificial. Because of this, I always use less food coloring than most people. If you want a bright red custard and thus a bright red French toast, you should probably use five drops of red food coloring. I only used 3 drops, which yielded a red-tinted French toast instead of a bright red French toast.

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You can serve your Red Velvet French Toast in multiple ways. You can leave the bread slices whole…

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or you can cut it into hearts to be extra festive and romantic.

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And you can’t forget the cream cheese frosting! Red velvet cake pairs beautifully with that tangy and sweet cream cheese frosting. So be extra decadent and drizzle some of that goodness on…

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or spread it on thick and make a heart-shaped French toast sandwich! Yum!
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Red Velvet French Toast

Serves 1-2 (Makes 2-3 slices of French toast)

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. chocolate milk
  • 1 tsp hot chocolate mix
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-5 drops red food coloring
  • 2-3 slices of bread (any type will do; I used whole-wheat)
  • Butter, for the pan
  • Cream cheese frosting, to serve

 

  1. Preheat your pan over medium heat with a pat of butter.
  2. Whisk together the egg, chocolate milk, hot chocolate mix, vanilla extract, and red food coloring in a bowl until completely homogeneous and frothy.
  3. Pour the custard into a wide, shallow bowl that has a large enough area to completely submerge one bread slice.
  4. Dip both sides of the bread, one at a time, soaking up the custard, dripping off the excess, and placing in your preheated pan. Cook the French toast until crispy on both sides and soft in the middle.
  5. If desired, use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to cute your bread slices into hearts.
  6. Serve warm with cream cheese frosting.

 

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