This decadent stuffed vegan French toast is cooked up in a light coconut milk cardamom batter, grilled until golden brown, and stuffed with a rich cranberry cheesecake and pistachio filling.
2015 has not been the year of breakfast on this blog. I'm kind of sorry about this, because, truth be told, I love posting breakfast recipes. Nothing makes me happier than cooking up some fun-filled vegan pancakes on a Sunday morning and snapping some photos before sitting down to enjoy them with the satisfaction of having some new killer breakfast blog material.
Alas, you guys aren't breakfast peeps. I'm really not either though, which doesn't really make sense, given what I just told you. I think during its early days I used this site as an excuse to cook up weekend breakfasts, thinking everyone would be all about it.
So here I am with my vegan dinner blog, which really does make sense, because vegan dinner is what I spend the most time cooking. But that doesn't mean I won't cook up some brekkie when I have a really good excuse, and today I've got two of 'em.
I created this recipe for the Vegan Mystery Box Challenge, which is a fun little blog event created by fellow vegan bloggers Sam from It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken and Andrew from One Ingredient Chef. A whole bunch of bloggers are in on this. Basically, we all chose to enter on the premise that we'd be given three ingredients to craft a vegan recipe around, and then we'd each come up with our own fun creation, and we'd all share links to each other's recipes on our blogs. The three ingredients we were given were coconut milk, cranberries and pistachios, which of course were begging me to be transformed into some crazy delicious French toast.
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Cranberry Cheesecake & Pistachio Stuffed Vegan French Toast
For the Cranberry Cheesecake & Pistachio Stuffing
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
For the French Toast
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup soy or almond milk
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. cardamom, or more, to taste
- pinch salt
- 8 slices crusty bread
- vegan margarine
- maple syrup
Make the Cranberry Cheesecake & Pistachio Filling
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add cranberries and boil just until berries begin to split, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and drain into a colander.
Place cashews, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla and salt into food processor bowl and blend to a thick paste, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add water and continue blending until smooth. Add cranberries and pulse a few times, just to chop and incorporate cranberries into the mixture.
Make the French Toast
In a small bowl, whisk together coconut milk, soy or almond milk, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla, cardamom and salt until well blended.
Lightly oil a nonstick skillet or frying pan and place over medium heat. Working in batches if needed, dip both sides of each bread slice into coconut milk batter. Place bread slices into pan or skillet and cook until lightly browned on bottoms, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes on opposite sides. Repeat for all bread slices, adding oil to the pan as needed between batches.
Spread cranberry cheesecake mixture over a slice of French toast and sprinkle with pistachios. Top with another French toast slice. Repeat until all French toast slices, cheesecake mixture and pistachios are used. Top each stack with vegan margarine and maple syrup.