The best part about Thanksgiving? Using the leftovers to make an epic breakfast the next day. Have extra mashed yams or canned pumpkin lying around? Then this sweet potato french toast is calling your name. Got an extra bottle of apple cider? Make the accompanying apple cider syrup. This breakfast is incredibly easy to prepare and so delicious that you’ll forget that it was made from leftovers!
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I’m a huge sucker for french toast. It’s such an easy concept, dip bread in a mixture of eggs and milk with vanilla and cook on a griddle, but it’s just so good. This sweet potato french toast is one version made specifically for the holidays. Waking up to a smell of sweet potato, apple cider, cinnamon, and maple syrup is pretty much how I want to wake up every day.Before you prepare the french toast, make the apple cider syrup. Reduce apple cider with maple syrup and brown sugar for about 30 minutes or until it’s reduced by half. The syrup will thicken slightly as it cools. You can also make the syrup a couple of days beforehand. I made a batch of this syrup, served it with apple pretzel pie bars and saved the rest for this breakfast.
While the syrup is reducing, make the whipped creme fraiche. Whip heavy cream until peaks form and fold in creme fraiche.Lastly, make the sweet potato french toast batter. Combine the leftover mashed sweet potatoes with egg whites, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt in a blender and blend until smooth. The batter will be thicker than regular french toast batter. If your sweet potatoes were particularly thick resulting in a too thick french toast batter, add a splash of milk to loosen it.
Dip the french in the batter, scraping off the excess and cook on a griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve the sweet potato french toast with a dollop of whipped creme fraiche and apple syrup.
The french toast alone is already good but the whipped creme fraiche and apple syrup make them exceptional. Even if you don’t have leftover mashed sweet potatoes, you might want to try this dish anyways!
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