Considering the amount of breakfast recipes I’ve added to this blog, I think we can safely say
I’m a breakfastaholic that I’m a big breakfast fan! There’s no wonder then that the first recipe I would come up with for Valentine’s Day would be for some breakfast item.
But, in my own defense, these are not your average pieces of eggy bread. I mean, wouldn’t you love to wake up on Valentine’s Day and be served this breakfast in bed? I have made these French toast parfaits before and they were a big hit with my family. They’re my taste testers, food critics, recipe analysts..whatever you call them, they are extremely picky and brutally honest, two features which are essential to judge food properly:)
Then again, how could you go wrong with layers of:
coconut infused French toast chunks
velvety coconut whipped cream
sweet, juicy strawberry slices
lightly toasted coconut shavings
This makes the perfect breakfast to serve your loved ones on a special occasion, like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or just because. Do we really need a special reason to eat a yummy breakfast? I think not. Don’t think that this is too difficult to make either. It’s pretty much the same as making regular French toast, except you layer the ingredients in a pretty dish instead of piling it on a plate. See, it’s not difficult at all. In fact, this may actually save you space in your dish washer, essentially making it easier than regular French toast;)
First things first. Mix up the eggs, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Dip your bread into the egg mixture, letting it “hang out” several seconds on each side so that it can soak in all of that yummy coconuttyness. Pan-fry each slice on both sides, until lightly browned.
If you used thick bread, place each cooked slice on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for 5 minutes or so, just to make sure the egg is thoroughly cooked. Remove and let cool.
Cut the bread into bite-sized pieces. You can even use festive cutters to cut out shapes to decorate the top! I’m using a heart cutter for Valentine’s Day, but it really works anytime since I just loooove my family so much!
Place the coconut in a dry pan and toast over medium heat, until lightly browned. Toasted coconut is so much more flavorful than regular coconut. It’s addictive too. Try not to eat it all while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Remember, we need it for the parfaits!
This is my lazy way to make heart-shaped strawberries. I’ve seen some tutorials where people actually use a heart shaped cutter to cut a perfect heart out of each slice. Who has time for that?! This takes the same amount of time as regularly slicing strawberries, just cut the tops out in a “V” shape instead of flat across, then slice as usual.
For the coconut whipped cream, I suggest using a cold bowl and it is absolutely necessary that you use canned coconut milk that has been refrigerated overnight. I used So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk and although it doesn’t separate when refrigerated, it still whipped up some nice, soft peak whipped cream. So yummy.
Remember, you must use full fat coconut milk that you buy in a can (or carton, which is what mine came in.) You can’t use the coconut milk near the almond, soy, and regular milk in the refrigerated section. I also don’t recommend buying “lite” versions as they tend to not whip up as well. If you’re not dairy-free, feel free to replace this coconut cream with regular whipped cream.
After you have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go, it’s time to assemble the parfaits. I like to start with a layer of French toast pieces.
I top that with coconut cream, strawberry slices, and toasted coconut. Repeat the layer and finish with a dollop of whipped cream, more coconut pieces, a few strawberries, and if you have any, the decorative French toast cut-outs.
We like to drizzle just a bit of pure maple syrup on our parfaits, but it’s not necessary. It’s delicious as is, especially with the lightly sweetened coconut whipped cream and sweet berries. I hope you try this recipe soon! If you do, please comment below and let me know how you liked them! Happy French toasting, friends!