Breakfast with an Exotic Flare: Chai French Toast

There's only one thing better than pancakes for breakfast, and that's french toast!  Something about getting a plate of custardy, bready, rich and sweet goodness placed in front of you - well it really makes you feel special.  The idea that something so simple can be so elegant and flavorful is just astounding, and keeps us coming back for more.  Many cooks take their own spin on the classic breakfast, adding vanilla, cinnamon, fruit, and even cream cheese fillings.  My recipe takes it a step further, into a more exotic realm, something with a more worldly flavor:

Cara's Chai French Toast:

-  5 to 6 slices of white bread
-  3 eggs
-  1/2 cup Whole Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream
-  1/2 cup Tazo Chai Latte Concentrate
-  about 1/3 stick of butter

Pre-heat your griddle or a non-stick pan.  I prefer using my Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler and preheat on the griddle setting to 350 degrees.  If you don't have one of your own, simply preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat.  Whisk milk, eggs, and chai in a wide bowl large enough to soak bread.  Soak each bread slice one at a time, and allow each side to soak for about 30 seconds.  Butter your cooking surface, and allow bread to cook for about 4 minutes on each side.  You'll know when it's ready to flip when you start smelling those aromatic chai spices.  Gently spread slices of butter over hot french toast.  If necessary, you can keep them warm on a sheet pan in a 250 degree oven.  Top with your favorite fresh fruit and syrup and serve.

Let this be the shining star of your breakfast plate and show that special someone how much you mean to them, and open their minds to some exotic flavors along the way!  Feel free to get creative with different types of bread, and create your own version of this scrumptious recipe.

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