Sunday, January 02, 2011

Breakfast #33: Nutella Croissant French Toast

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I am disinclined to start a new year with a list of resolutions. I lean more towards a general “all-year ideas and directions” than specific “New Year resolutions”. I know, I know, it’s simply a difference in timing. This may be just my silly self, but I feeling like I can never take the pressure of putting a definite list of goals (aspirations) out there. Like I am just setting myself up for the inevitable late-year scrambling to “lose-weight-get-organized-invest-wisely”. So I choose to quietly follow certain themes instead (for example – Simplify!) and I do this any time during the year, allowing for changes and adjustments along the way.

So why am I even contemplating a New Years to-do list on this sunny-but-cool, gloriously-slept-in, pajama-wearing January morning? A list that I am foolishly going to share here, online, for all the universe (including aliens bored enough to check out out internet) to see? Why indeed? I have no answer but this – It’s 2011 folks and anything can happen!

I still plan on my all-year-round ideas development. These are the directions that I hope will guide my actions after all. But here are a few humble ambitions*** that I hope to achieve this year:
  • It goes without saying but I will go right out and say it – post more often!
  • Make more breakfasts! I should be taking my blog’s name more seriously methinks…
  • Use more leftovers – I think I have been pretty good about this last year and, to carry on avoiding waste and saving resources, I will take this even further this year…sharing a few more tips and tricks on this blog :)
  • Explore new ways to share my love for food with more of you – I believe there are lots of people like me out there – regular yet fabulous people who strive everyday to strike a balance between home, work, and “me-time”. This year I hope to convince more of you that one doesn't need to be a knife-juggling/pastry-making credentialed expert to create deliciousness in the kitchen…and that you can have fun doing it too!
  • Use my cookbooks and magazines more often – I don’t own a whole lot of either. But I do think I should still justify their expense by using them more!
  • Give my blog a new/updated look – I changed my blog’s design last year…from one blogger template to another. This year I aim to give it a more non-template-ish look. At the very least a new header! I am not a techie person by a long shot so this will take some doing and most likely outside help (who will work for cookies and Britney Spears impersonations).
There you have it! Now on to the serious business of getting them done…

Nutella Croissant French Toast
  • 2 croissants or 4 mini-croissants (day old, dried, or otherwise not fit for fresh consumption)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

- Slice each croissant lengthwise.
- Best egg and milk together in a flattish bowl.
- Melt butter in a skillet. Place croissant slices in milk-egg mixture while butter melts, turning so all sides are coated in the mixture.
- Once the bubbles subside lay each croissant on the hot butter, cut side down. Fry until golden brown and crisp on the edges. Flip and fry until the other side is likewise golden and toasted. Remove to a paper towel-line plate.
- While the croissant is still hot spread a good dollop of Nutella on each croissant bottom. Top with the top-half of the croissant. Serves two.

Hooray! Good headway here on posting more breakfasts and using more leftovers I’d say. Aside from the obvious fact that January 2nd started on a very crisp-buttery-croissant-warm-oozy-Nutella note – one of the best ways to start any day of the year in my book.

As for exploring new ways to share food with all of you…check out Yummy Magazine’s 1st issue for 2011! I hope you like what you see :) It’s something I am very excited about!

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a 2011 full of unlimited possibilities for awesomeness!!! And if we miss a few? Let’s just try to have a wonderful time trying shall we? ;)

***These are all food or blog related, if you haven’t noticed. Other personal ambitions (become more financially savvy, learn how to use my medical insurance, wear more make up) will remain personal for now :)

36 comments:

Trissa said...

I think I'll just post a link on my blog to your resolutions... they're exactly the same ones I have vowed to make this year... especially to use my cookbooks and magazines more often! Happy New Year Joey - may 2011 bring you and your family lots of happiness.

PS Beautiful nutella croissant... love the shot of the nutella oozing out.

Stepford Mum said...

Yummy yum yum! How can you go wrong, starting the year with a breakfast like this?

Pille said...

Yummy :P I agree - starting a year with something as yummy is a sure way to start a good year :D We had traditional pancakes yesterday morning and hot cereal this morning. Nothing as decadent as croissants with Nutella yet...

Mom-Friday said...

Delicious and awesome "resolutions"! :))) And i have to agree with you on reinventing leftovers, and using my dust-collecting cookbooks and mags. :)
Happy New Year and looking forward to your breakfast fares. Cheers!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Great resolutions! I hope you achieve them. Well in this post alone you've achieved more than one...and what a great breakfast it is! I love the drippy nutella.

PinonKnitter said...

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Thanks so much for the networking opportunity. Hope 2011 is great!

Midge said...

Happy New Year, Joey! That croissant looks scrumptiously rich - perfect for pairing with a hot chocolate from scratch on a cold morning!

Marivic said...

"Post more often"! Yay! Thanks everything you post. Happy 2011.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Trissa! Haha, feel free! Yes, I buy these cookbooks and pour over them and bookmark like crazy...then there is a slowdown during the execution stage! Must get to all those bookmarks this year!

Hi Iyor! Nutella...an integral part of the breakfast of champions! ;)

Hi Pille! I love pancakes! And hot cereal too...all the best for 2011! :)

Hi Mom-Friday! Thanks! Happy new year to you as well!

Hi Brittany! I hope I achieve them too :) Nutella is a pantry staple for me :)

Thanks Pinonknitter...I'll check it out :)

Happy New Year Midge! That does sound perfect!

Hi Marivic! Happy 2011 to you too! I am SO inspired by your newly organized office!

Rachel@Any Idiot Can said...

Nutella is my absolute favorite thing in the world and that photo makes me want to go out and grab a croissant and a jar of it NOW :)

Anna {Sugarized} said...

Those are great resolutions. =) And I'll be looking forward to the "new look". =)

Alison said...

I'd cleanse the palate after this gooey goodness with an apple. Instead of reaching for a glass of water, go for an apple by eating your water. I talk more about this on my blog, Glutton for Reward: http://gluttonforreward.blogspot.com/.

Apples and nutella, by the way...divine.

Stefania said...

Felice Anno Nuovo ♥
Stefania Italy
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delphcotecuisine said...

What a tasty recipe and perfect for starting the day with this.
love it and yummy photos too
bises from France
Delphine

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rachel! Go! It’s so worth it! :) Nutella is an absolute essential in my book!

Hi Anna! Thanks! Hopefully I can find some technical help to assist me in the “new look”!

Hello Stefania! Happy new year to you!

Hi Delphine! Thank you! It’s definitely one of my preferred ways to start the day!

The Weekend Gourmet said...

Can anything look more delicious? Happy new year to you and your lovely family :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Weekend Gourmet! Happy New Year to you as well! :)

Mary said...

This breakfast was an awfully nice way to begin the new year. I don't often comment but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy visiting here. I love the banter and the food and recipes you share with us. I hope the new year brings a large measure of health and happiness your way. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Photo Cache said...

this is very sinful and very good, i'll try this.

katiez said...

I can't imagine a more perfect breakfast.... I'm drooling...
As to the resolutions... I'll just take yours, too!

veron said...

sweet! this is my kinda breakfast. I'm with you about using cookbooks I already have instead of just piling them on. Happy New Year, Joey!

LyB said...

You know, make more breakfasts is on my list of non-resolutions too! I often just grab a muffin or have a piece of toast when I want to sit down and have something good to start the day. Here's to both of us achieving our goal(s)! Happy New Year!

Hannah said...

This looks *so* good. And I also want to try it with my homemade coconut walnut butter instead of Nutella... or almond maple butter.. so many possibilities!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mary! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment! I am so glad to hear you enjoy what you read here :) Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Hi Photo Cache…hope you like it :)

Hi Katiez! Thanks! Feel free! ;)

Hi Veron! Me too! Hoping to make a dent this year! Happy 2011 and wishing all the best!

Hi Lyb! I’m crossing my fingers for both of us! :) Happy New Year to you too!

Hi Hannah! Thank you :) Coconut walnut butter sounds fantastic! So does almond maple butter…you are right, so many possibilities!

chef_d said...

Oh wow, I just happen to have nutella somewhere in my cupboard! Happy new year!

Talita said...

Wow! Wow! This absolutely the most amazing pic that I ever seen! =D

So decadent this Nutella filling in my favorite bread roll: a croissant!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Chef D! One should always have Nutella in one’s cupboard ;)

Hi Talita! Thank you for your nice words :) Glad you liked it!

Emily + Kelly said...

completely got me hooked at Nutella. Definitely will be making this and will be featured on our blog!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Emily + Kelly! Isn't Nutella the best thing ever? :)

www.thekitchenjournal.blogspot.com said...

i love the picture! its so tempting! Gorgeous!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Kitchen Journal! :)

Joanne said...

I could go for one of these breakfast, lunch AND dinner! My husband and I just went to Paris last month and much to our enjoyment, we found many stores sold nutella-to-go packages! Nutella on the run - YUM! Thanks for the idea and awesome photo!

[cookiespink] said...

loooove this! :D

ChichaJo said...

Hi Joanne! I love love love Nutella! There is always a jar in my cupboard :) Paris…siiigh…lucky you! :)

Hi Cookiespink! I do too :)

randie said...

Cool! I am always a fan of anything Nutella. I like your photo as well.

angelwz73 said...

sounds great, i'll try it