Thursday, August 18, 2011

Berry, Berry Extraordinary French Toast

My local go-to place for breakfast or brunch is: 

It is a California-based chain with a French theme.  The location near me has more of a New Orleans' theme which makes me feel right at home.  Mimi's is known for its giant muffins, particularly the carrot raisin muffin, but they have a whole roster of delicious breakfast dishes.

My favorite item on the breakfast menu is called Mixed Berry Pain Perdu.  This is how they describe it:

French toast stuffed with cream cheese and orange marmalade and topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and strawberry puree.
It is delicious, and I practically lick my plate clean.
Mimi's always has a line of customers on Sunday morning and I didn't feel like waiting in the 100+ degree heat.

So I decided to try my hand at creating this signature dish at home.  For the filling, I used half the filling recipe that I used in my fruit tart but added a little marmalade to ramp up the orange flavor.  My kids said it was very close to Mimi's--even better!--so I guess I can officially call this a copycat recipe. 

Mixed Berry Pain Perdu
(click here to print)

Blueberry Syrup:
(original recipe from

1/2 cup sugar (next time I'll probably use a little less, like 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 cups blueberries
Combine sugar and cornstarch in 4 cup or larger pyrex measuring cup.  Add water, syrup, and lemon juice. Stir in blueberries.  Microwave on high power 4 1/2 to 5 minutes or until thickened.  Set aside.

Cream Cheese Orange Filling:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and a few drops of orange oil - you could use 1/2 tsp. orange zest, too)
1/2 Tbsp. orange marmalade

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.   Using 8 pieces of cinnamon raisin bread, make 4 sandwiches with the filling in between.  Lightly butter the outside of the bread  (use real butter for best flavor).

French Toast:

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
a little freshly grated nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp.)

Combine all ingredients and whisk until thoroughly combined.  Heat a nonstick frying pan or griddle to medium high heat.  Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, coating evenly.  Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

Cut the french toast sandwiches into triangles and dust with powdered sugar.  Serve with homemade blueberry syrup and garnish with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Bon appetit!

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laurie said...

I love it! What a wonderful recipe!

Heather Lynne said...

This looks delicious! I love the orange filling combo with the berries in the topping-so yummy!

AudreyO said...

I love Mimis. I can't go there without getting a buttermilk spice muffin. Those are just the best!!

Vicki V @ said...

Audrey, did you know that the recipe for those muffins is on their website? Here's the link:

polwig said...

Beautiful... amazing.. I can eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner

Miz Helen said...

I just love Mimi's, but who would need to go there if we had your wonderful breakfast. Your French Toast is out of this world , mouth watering good! Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
Come back soon,
Miz Helen

The Nummy Little Blog said...

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kitty said...

What a wonderful breakfast treat! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe. I'm visiting from Miz Helen's.

Miz Helen said...

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your Red Plate.
Miz Helen

SnoWhite said...

This is just stunning -- what a great breakfast, I can see why you like it! Thanks for linking up with us today -- it's wonderful to have you!