Monday, December 28, 2009

California Dreaming: Coast Toast...

Having just returned from a month in my other “homeland” and to a non-stop flood of sideways rain in Italy, I am still longing for certain things “americana”. Can’t help it. It’s a common thing, as many of you expats know. I will return to blogging about Italy, but for now, I am going to do a little California dreaming and hope it makes your mouth water!

One of my favorite things about our annual pilgrimage to SoCal is going out for a big ol’ American breakfast. We make a trip each year down to La Jolla to one of the best breakfast houses in the coast, Brockton Villa. It is, literally, an old beach house with a million dollar view and OUTSTANDING food. Their signature item is “Coast Toast”. French toast (especially after nearly a year without it) is already too good, but this special recipe makes it "a slice of heaven!":

1 loaf of soft French bread (sliced diagonally about 1 1/2” think)

1 qt. whipping cream

10 eggs

3/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup sugar

a pinch of salt

2 Tbs. vanilla

2 Tbs. orange flavoring

Combine the liquid ingredients. Pour over the bread slices. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Remove bread and discard liquid. Spread butter on flat grill. Cook bread until golden brown, then bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until bread is puffed up like a souffle. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. (Serves 6)

Brockton Villa

1235 Coast Blvd.

La Jolla, CA

(858) 454-7393



Diana Strinati Baur said...

omg. that is so decadent that if I think about it long enough, my hips will start to expand. I think I will file it for next season, though!

donna baker said...

I just spent a week at The Del Coronoda and had spectacular breakfasts. Alas, I had to come home to the farm instead of ITALY. Maybe in my next life. Is it possible to rent a place and explore Italy with girlfriends or would it be cheaper just to stay in hotels along the way?

Anonymous said...

Gulp. My mouth is literally watering. MUST. TRY. RECIPE!!! Thanks for sharing, and welcome back :)

Barbara said...

Aaaaah. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of home. I'm from San Diego as well, living in Naples. I feel as though they are sister cities in many ways because of their richness. The food in both places are also so delectable -- probably because everything grows here and there. Saluti!