Crumb cake is delicious. French toast is delicious. French toast made out of crumb cake (and infused with coffee, for good measure) goes beyond delicious and into new, unexplored territories of decadence. But you know what? You did the hard work of waking up this morning, and you deserve it.
2. Coffee Crumb Cake French Toast
Makes 9 slices
pinch of kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee or instant espresso powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 18-ounce storebought crumb cake, cut in 9 squares
3 tablespoons butter, divided
Coffee Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon instant coffee or instant espresso powder
Optional: fresh berries, maple syrup
Preheat oven to 200°F to keep slices warm as you finish them.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs with salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee. Whisk in milk and vanilla.
Lay out the coffee cake squares in a single layer in a large baking dish and pour the egg mixture over. Soak for about 30 seconds, flip cake squares, and let sit for another 30 seconds or until the squares are fully saturated.
Heat a 10-12” nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter (or less if you’re using a nonstick pan) in the hot skillet and add one or two slices of soaked crumb cake, crumb side up, making sure to leave space between the pieces. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until golden-brown, then flip with a spatula and repeat on the other side. If the cake is burning, turn the heat down a little. When the top and bottom are brown and crisp, use tongs to turn the cake sideways and brown each of the four sides for about 30 seconds each side, just to until a light crust forms. Repeat with the remaining slices of cake and butter; you can eat right away or keep slices warm on a tray in the 200°F oven while you cook the rest.
Coffee Whipped Cream:
Whip cream in a bowl by hand or with a mixer just until it holds soft peaks. Add 1 teaspoon instant coffee and 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar and whip for another 10 seconds just to blend.
Serve slices of French toast with a dollop of whipped cream, with berries and maple syrup on the side.