Nyesha Arrington's Syrup Sandwiches
Inspired by Kendrick Lamar's "Syrup Sandwich," Nyesha Arrington of Native Santa Monica created a brioche-style french toast that has us drooling.
- For the sandwiches:
- 1 loaf of brioche bread
- 4 eggs, plus 2 yolks
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Pinch of Salt
- For the creamy syrup:
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup Vermont maple syrup
- ½ vanilla bean, scraped
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- For serving:
- Powdered sugar
- Make the sandwiches.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, then add milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir until combined.
- Slice the bread into 6, 2-inch, slices.
- In a large shallow plate, pour the egg mixture and soak a few slices of bread for 4 minutes, turning once.
- In a very large sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil. Add each slice of coated bread in batches. While cooking each batch, add more bread to the egg mixture to soak.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. (When cooking the next batch, wipe the pan with a dry paper towel, add more butter and oil, and continue to fry the remaining soaked bread until they're all cooked.)
- On a greased baking sheet, add the cooked bread and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Keep warm in the oven.
- Make the creamy syrup.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, Vermont maple syrup, vanilla bean, water, vanilla, and salt. Stir together.
- Next, inject creamy syrup into cooked bread by using a squeeze bottle to squeeze syrup mixture into center of toast, about half an ounce per toast.
- Once 2 slices are filled, layer them on top of each other (like a sandwich) - make sure the sides of the toasts that were injected are facing inwards.
- Garnish with powdered sugar and serve.
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