Monday, 22 September 2014

cardamom and coconut french toast + george foreman giveaway.


i think i've had a craving for french toast ever since i didn't get to a chance to go to le schmuck in paris earlier this year. the idea of sweet crunchy bread with a hint of spice and a dollop of good quality ice cream sounds like a dessert i would devour in seconds. i just hadn't really considered that i could make it myself. 



enter the new style george foreman, which i was kindly gifted to try out. at first i thought oh yes i've heard you can do all sorts of healthy grilling recipes on these. then i read the recipe book and saw french toast. sorry heathy eating, the naughty side of gastronomy wins this time. 



i fancied trying a twist on the classic, with sweet asian flavours inspired by ras malai i once made. so instead of milk, this recipe uses cinnamon and cardamom infused coconut milk and a light and crunchy dusting of coconut. 


shopping list. 

(serves two) 
♥ four slices of bread, left out to dry 
♥ half a tin of coconut milk 
♥ 4 cardamom pods 
♥ 2 tsp cinnamon powder 
♥ 1 egg, beaten 
♥ 2 tsp desiccated coconut 
♥ the best vanilla bean ice cream you can afford 



step one. leave your bread out to dry and cut off the crusts.  




step two. in a small saucepan, gently infuse the coconut milk with cardamom pods for around 10 minutes on a low heat. stir through the cinnamon. take off the heat and remove the cardamom pods. 


step three. pour onto your bread and allow it to absorb all the coconut milk mix. keep feeding it the mix as it absorbs more, which will of course make it very soggy and delicate.




step four. carefully spread over the beaten egg and scatter with the desiccated coconut. 




step five. heat up your grill, preferably a george foreman or similar so you can make the fancy grill lines. 


tip: remember to get your ice cream out the freezer so it isn't too difficult to scoop. 




step six. use a fish slice or palette knife to transfer the bread onto the grill, press down and cook for at least 5 minutes until golden. perhaps a few more minutes if it needs it. 




move to your desired plate, cut diagonally and place a generous scoop of ice cream on top. 


voila! bon apetite mes amis! 


and guess what, i cleaned the grill just as quickly and easily as i devoured the french toast. a great, lightweight, no fuss piece of equipment.




if you don't have a george foreman grill, no fear, here's your chance to win one of your own!


simply enter the rafflecopter below and a winner will be picked at random on sunday 5th october 2014. good luck!


answer the question: what would be the first thing you'd make on the george foreman grill? 


  a Rafflecopter giveaway

note: i was sent a george foreman grill for purposes of review and for a giveaway.

287 comments:

  1. I would make a Cheese & Onion Toastie xxx

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    1. Cheese & tomato toasty so tasty

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  2. I am salivating at just the thought of all that delishly looking food.

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  3. Cheese and Tomato Toastie

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  4. French toast.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. Toasted cheese sandwiches!

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  6. I would make a cheese and baked bean toast x

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  7. My first choice would definitely be cream cheese and salmon bagels. I like to slightly grill the bagels on the surface and leave them all soft on the inside, and this grill would be just perfect for that!

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  8. A banana toastie served with vanilla ice cream.

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  9. Darn you! Now I really want French toast!

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  10. Chese and tomato toastie, yum! I have wanted one of these grills for soooo long. x

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  11. Got to be Chicken Breast with Bacon

    Jim Kerr

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  12. Corned beef and onion toastie

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  13. Chicken fajita's! Throw the chicken on then the chopped onion and peppers. Yum!

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  14. I'd be boring, just cook a good steak.

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  15. The first thing I'd make would seriously be this, it looks amazing! My boyfriend loves coconut so I'd win some serious girlfriend points too!

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  16. I would make a tuna mayo and cheese toastie :) yumminess :)

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  17. I would either make this - love coconut and cardamom - or a tuna steak with a nicoise salad

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  18. Toasted bacon and cheese :)

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  19. I laughed out loud at the thought of you going "Screw healthy eating - hello french toast!"

    I think I would have to go with something very similar, I've always wanted a George Foreman, so I've got a fair few recipes stored up. I think I'd grill up some peaches and apple. Yum.

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  20. I'd probably have a crack at a quesadilla, I always manage to lose loads of filling flipping it over in the pan

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  21. That recipe as it looks amazing!!

    Hayley Emma x

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  22. Salmon and mushrooms, peppers and onions

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  23. a healthy juicy steak.. Yum.

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  24. A toastie! havent had one in years or some steak :D

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  25. Grilled Chicken with Fruit Salsa looks and sounds great would love to try making my own x

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  26. I think I'd give steak a go

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  27. defo chicken, with a sweet chilli sauce heated up, hmmmmmmmm could eat it now x

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  28. i'd cook some marinated chicken, yum ;-)

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  29. would have to be steak
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  30. I think this would be great for grilling some portabello mushrooms which I'd then stuff or make into a fab burger

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  31. Cheese and Quorn toastie

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  32. the cardamom and coconut french toast

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  33. Cheese and tomato toastie

    kirstyjfox AT yahoo DOT com

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  34. Salmon Fillets or Chilli Prawns


    Andrew Wildman

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  35. Cheese and rocket toasties or those cinnamon French toast :)

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  36. Now I've seen you make eggy bread on it, that will be the first, maybe with a bit of bacon ;-)

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  37. I do some kind of spiced chicken - I'm so deserate for one of these! x

    ninegrandstudent

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  38. I think i'd have to make some cinamon toast, yum x

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  39. A ham, brie and cranberry panini..... Yum!

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  40. Peanut butter and banana toasted sandwich

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  41. A cheese and onion toastie

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  42. Cheese, steak and tomato toastie

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  43. Bacon Sandwich everytime :)

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  44. Has to be a good old bacon sandwich.Yum Yum

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  45. A lovely mature cheese toasted sandwich. Nice and gooey ~~

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  46. Cheese toastie to have with my mums tomato chutney om nom!

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  47. Cheese, ham and bean toastie
    Claire D

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  48. A cheese and tomato toastie... of course!

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  49. Brie and fried red onion

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  50. Cheese and Onion tasty. That's as far as my culinary expertise goes!

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  51. Sausages... it's amazing how much fat leaches out thanks to the George foreman design

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  52. Cheese, tomato and onion toasty

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  53. ham and cheese toastie with barbecue sauce

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  54. I would try out some bacon on it as my grill has broken on my cooker and I'm not so keen on frying stuff unnecessarily

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  55. I would make some Dijon Mustard & Dill Pork Chops - mmmm!

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  56. Cajun Chicken breast - yumm

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  57. Pigs in blankets - local award-winning sausages wrapped in dry cure bacon. The flavours are amazing.
    Ann

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  58. Burgers, I love them when they are grilled.

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  59. A cheese toastie: perfect now it is getting colder! eJ Dunn

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  60. Right now I really fancy a bacon sarnie

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  61. Two juicy peppered steaks!

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  62. I'd grill some home made bugers, made lovely and lean and cooked healthly :)

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  63. i'd make a toasted cheese,onion,bacon and tomato toastie :) x

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  64. I would treat myself to a steak !

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  65. Toasted cheese and ham sandwich

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  66. Cheese and Tomato Toastie
    @ukireland

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