Baklava French Toast

Well, almost. Baklava is a rich dessert of nuts and spices, sandwiched by thin sheets of phyllo and finished off with a lemony syrup.

 

Here in Ontario, it’s a long weekend and we’re celebrating Family Day and some you others may be celebrating another tiny day (insert sarcasm emoji here)…Valentine’s Day. 

Make a decadent breakfast!

Breakfast Baklava French Toast
(for 2)

4 slices of bread, crusts trimmed off
3 large eggs

splash of orange juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

splash of vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. of honey

splash of milk

1 tsp. ground cinnamon
butter
Maple Syrup

Baklava filling
1 handful of nuts (I used walnuts)

1 tsp. of ground clove

1 tsp. of honey

  1. Using your food processor, add the nuts and ground cloves and pulse until you get a granular consistency (like that of coarse salt. Remove contents and add to a bowl and and mix in the honey with a spoon and reserve.
  2. In a bowl large enough to hold your slices of bread, add the eggs, orange juice, honey, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk until incorporated.
  3. Pre-heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Place some baklava filling in between two slices of bread to form a sandwich (reserve some filling for garnish).
  5. Carefully dunk the both sides of your “sandwich” into the egg mixture and make sure enough liquid has penetrated the bread (this makes for a moister French toast).
  6. Add some butter to your skillet and when it starts to sizzle, place your French toast in the skillet and fry each side for a couple of minutes or until golden-brown. Keep warm and fry off your remaining French toasts in batches.
  7. Carefully cut your French toast diagonally in half (this emulates the usual diamond shape of a piece of baklava). Plate your French toast, finish with some reserved baklava filling, good Maple Syrup, a sprinkle of cinnamon and icing sugar and some lemon peel for garnish.

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Peter Minakis

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70 Comments for “Baklava French Toast”

Elly

says:

Mmmmm. We Greeks really know what we are doing with the nut/spice/honey combo, don’t we? :) Love your take on this, Peter. And, of course, I wish I had some right now…

Jen of A2eatwrite

says:

Oh, this looks so delicious! We just made French Toast yesterday… wish I’d known about this then.

Catherine Wilkinson

says:

In answer to your post title…
HELL YES! Enjoy your holiday!
This is a delightful way to start the day!

Sam Sotiropoulos

says:

Oh boy! This is quite probably the most original thing I have seen in some time! Looks great, Peter!

Bellini Valli

says:

I bookmarked this from Elly’s site…now you have given me a double whammy..I will have to get on this:D

Sandie (Inn Cuisine)

says:

Oh my watering mouth, this looks incredible (or should I say, Inncredible?!) Seriously, photos of food shouldn’t do this to a person. It feels so right, yet so wrong…lol.

I sense a series on French toast on the horizon…after enjoying the most delicious stuffed French toast over the weekend and now this? I’ll need to start running 8 miles each day just to combat the calories!

David Hall

says:

Peter, I would eat baklava every day breakfast, dinner and tea if I could get away with it – one of my very favourite desserts!!!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

says:

OMG, I’m swooning! This looks unbelievably good! French Toast is one of my all time comfort foods. I could eat this all day!

Lore

says:

Peter this is BRILLIANT! I was just thinking of coming up with my own version for baklava because all the varieties out there are way to sweet for my taste…I know that’s supposed to be the essence of a baklava but still…
Yours doesn’t sound too sweet for my taste and the French toast shortcut works great for me! Bookmarked :)

Georgia

says:

Wow, I know what I’m making for breakfast next weekend! Don’t be surprised to see a post on this soon :)

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining

says:

OMG-You sure know how to make a girl happy! I am such a fan of baklava but would never have the time and patience to make it but I could do this!!! I wish we had guests coming so I could serve this…oh well my poor family gets it now!!!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

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Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

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Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

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Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

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Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

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Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Baklava breakfast x 2 – no way, Peter, I just got over Elly’s post from this morning and now you….

Patricia Scarpin

says:

That is the kind of decadent breakfast I would love to have every single day of my life, Pete!

Lisa

says:

This is the second recipe for baklava I have seen today. It sounds like a fun dish to try. I’m not sure I would want it for breakfast, but I could probably be persuaded :) Myself, I made spiced pumpkin waffles for breakfast as a treat.

Peter M

says:

Marjie, this works for brunch, fer sure!

Elly, you are the evil genius who came up with this delish idea….applause everyone.

Kittie, next time I’ll have a double helping.

Sylvie, Elly blew me away with this, I had to make it, ASAP.

Jen, make it next weekend, you’ll be well rewarded.

Catherine, it’s a big long weekend, cottages get opened, yard work to be done.

Sam, again…kudos should go to Elly but thanks, it was delish…suprise your wife with this!

“plane ride”…welcome and help yourself to brekkie baklava.

Christey, NO WAY? It’s a fabulous dessert…ease into it with this french toast.

Val, something tells me you’ll make this by next weekend…watch out for the tide of Ooohs & ahhhs!

Sandie, French Toast and Inns are “Cinnamon-onymous”! lol

David, I’ve seen Greeks eat baklava as a meal replacement! lol

Sticky…have I wished you a Happy B-day?

Lore, I too find baklava sometimes too sweet but this was juuuust right. I look forward to seeing your take on it.

Georgia, surprise your BF with this…he’ll be a slave bot for awhile. ;)

Judy…cooking for women is one of life’s joys…smile!

Nina…here’s ROUND II!

Glamah, cool pic…the weekend has been perfectly slack.

Pat, I would too but dude + belly doesn’t equal girls. I exercise restraint.

Jessy, great new pic!

Kevin, it’s “nostimo”!

Lisa, it’s toned down from the actual dessert but the flavours are there…go on…make some!

Jan

says:

WOW – That does look good! Mmm Mmm MMMMM lol
Simply, Baklava-licious!
PS: Peter – I need your help (when you get a min) in identifying a dish I’ve just made that I had when I was on the Greek Island of Kos.

Peter G

says:

Both you and Elly have done a great job of taking a Greek classic and turning into something quite droolworthy! I absolutely love this concept Peter.

Ben

says:

Oh that is a decadent breakfast. It makes my bomba breakfast look lame. hehe. Next time I’ll bring Mexican chocolate to make it even more decadent :-p

Blog Princess G

says:

This is too much! I can’t take it! Everytime I read your blog, it drives me mad with longing! Just the last few posts – flank steak, cinnamon buns… I’m being driven mad I tell you! There really should be a warning on this blog. :)

Hee hee. Sigh…

Heather

says:

Whoooooaaaaa back it up there, cowboy. Did you say baklava? In my French toast?

Looks like you have a fan, Peter. ^^

farida

says:

This looks amazing! What a great idea for breakfast! Look kinda rich to me though. But then again, baklava is usually rich. and I don’t mind a piece at all:)

Dhanggit

says:

if my mornings are like this everyday…getting up is much easier..i love baklava so much and doing a french toast style with it is definitely a home-run..will definitely try this recipe :-)

Janulka

says:

Kalimera Peter,
I agree with Sam – it is the most original thing I have seen (at least during the last months).
If you are keen on a decadent breakfest (as you wrote) – you can think a thousand extraordinary recipes! Perfect. I do not think my husband would eat it for breakfast (it is already hot down here) but for a quick cake in the late afternoon (maybe with a bit of vanilla ice cream) – it sounds perfect.

Marianna

says:

hehe this baklava-for-breakfast idea really made me chuckle! Very clever! I pretty much grew up on baklava as it’s one of those shared culinary items between Middle Eastern & Greek food. It’s one of those sweets where it’s impossible to stop at just one piece. Hope you enjoyed your very decadent breakfast!!

Grace

says:

all right, so i saw elly’s post and thought it was brilliant and fabulous and sensational. i didn’t think it was possible, but dare i say it? yours looks even better. regular french toast is wasted on me now. :)

Núria

says:

Delicious Breakfast Chico!!! Why decadent food is so mouth watering? Que rico!!! And I love all ingredients… no cheese involved ;-)

Fearless Kitchen

says:

Baklava French toast…. hmm… I never would have thought of it, although I’m sure it’s divine. Of course, I’d cheerfully have baklava for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. And a few snacks in between, which is why I only make it when it’s going someplace else!

Peter M

says:

Jan, I hoped I answered your question & next time, don’t hesitate to just email me, k?

Vicarious, I held back on super-sweet but it was most flavourful.

CEF, it’s good for any occasion.

Pete, I’m sure that if you made it, it would be in Saveur mag.

Ben, did you say Mexican chocolate????

Gloria, it was!

Lori Lynn, I’m glad Elly thought of it, pure, evil genius!

Lina, this would be a delicious meal replacement.

B Princess G, you’re too kind…all I can do is virtually feed you.

Heather…want some…baklava that is!

Farida, it hit the spot, not heavy, just satisfying.

Dhannngit, your breakfasts will never be the same.

Janulka, it’s a hard enough justing getting a Greek to eat breakfast, I feel for you.

Marianna, it was a glorious breakfast…surprise everyone with it yourself.

Grace, use this as a step to fancy-up French Toast in the future…the possibilities endless.

Anna, your kids would go bonkers for this.

Nuria, where ya been, baby? Can you get real Maple Syrup there? I could send you some.

Fearless, I hear ya…it’s dangerous to keep in the house.

aforkfulofspaghetti

says:

What an inspired creation! As someone who loves breakfast and baklava, this is going right on my ‘must try’ list. As soon, that is, as I get my kitchen back…

Ruth Elkin

says:

This is making me drool thinking about it! What a delicious breakfast…. that’s bound to keep the energy levels up all day!

giz

says:

I have three little words – Oh My Gawd… and I’m not paranoid but I’m convinced you’re trying to kill me.

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet

says:

I’ve been toying with the idea of a post on the new “dessert goes to breakfast” trend in restaurants and blogs. If it actually comes together I will be sure to include this recipe. definitely drool-worthy.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Sweet crap this looks like the way I want to start my day. I’ve never thought of this before, but I love everything about it, especially the presentation…I’ll have to do this very soon while baklava is still on the brain.

Christine

says:

the girls & I were just talking about Baklava at work. And since I am afriad to work with Philo… this is the perfect alternative! Thanks!

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