Gordon Ramsay Comes to Michigan to Whip Up Apple French Toast With Local Ingredients [VIDEO]
You've made some good French toast before and I bet you've eaten some damn fine French toast in a restaurant or two. But wait 'til you see the Apple French toast with thimbleberry jam that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay whips up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
I was today years old when I heard about thimbleberry jam, by the way. Apparently, it's made by monks.
The culinary artist's web series 'Ramsay Around the World' made a stop in the beautiful UP where he cooks up the concoction using an outdoor grill - which adds another layer of difficulty to the challenge if you ask me. He makes it look so easy in the video below.
Here are the ingredients you're going to need. You're gonna wanna double or triple the recipe, depending on how many will be indulging.
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided
- About ¼ cup heavy cream, divided
- 2 small red apples, cores removed and chopped into large pieces
- Unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon apple cognac
- 3 thick slices of white sandwich bread
- Olive oil
- Thimbleberry jam
- 1 ½ tablespoons crème fraîche
- Ramsay starts by preheating two non-stick skillets over medium-high heat.
- Crack the eggs into a bowl, whisk, and continue to whisk as you add heavy cream and 1.5 tablespoons of sugar.
- Put the rest of the sugar in a skillet and let it caramelize. Add the apples and butter, then toss to coat. Drizzle the apple cognac over the apples, then add some heavy cream. Bring that mixture to a boil. Continue heating until the mixture is almost candied.
- Then dip the bread slices into the egg mixture. Ramsay says a quick in and out is all you need, don't let the bread soak up too much of the mixture.
- From this point forward, it's just like making ordinary French toast. Ramsay also adds a little olive oil to the pan and puts a little butter around the edges. So that's the secret?
- You're done. Start layering the French toast slices with jam and the apple mixture.
It looks absolutely amazing.