There are certain moments in life which deserve an special treat. To be frankly, I had planned another recipe for this month but after to have tried this totally improvised breakfast inspiration I thought: “Hmmm, this is so tasty and spicy which feels Christmas like.” So better to share it for this time of the year in which it seems we all turn like fruit cakes with the suits and spices… You know, in real is quite nuts but always keeping a soft gingerbread heart. It is what this month has.
This recipe is not sponsored. Still, it is truth one of the main ingredients is Queen’s Elisabeth special birthday tea by Twinings Tea. In case you cannot get one or you simply want to try an improvised version use an Earl Grey or Assam variety. In fact, the special tea recipe of her majesty is a secretly blend which is made by those two main flavours but which I am afraid not even at the MI6 knew the exactly mix. Super secret, not even James Bond.
Now, and keeping with the jokes. If you really want to enjoy this like a Queen, you do not need the blend. What you need is to convince someone whom will prepare it for you. That is how her majesty would have been approved it.
Her majesty’s breakfast
Ingredients: (for 2 monarchs)
For the French toast:
- 2 bread loaves (your favourite type).
- 1 beaten egg.
- 2 tbs milk (any sort vegetal or not).
- 1 tbs melted butter.
For the Royal spicy fruit:
- 1 kiwi.
- 1 apple.
- 1 orange.
- 1 tsp salt.
- 1/2 cup sugar.
- 1 cup of water.
- 1 tbs Twinings Queen’s Birthday special tea blend.
- 1/4 cup gin.
- 1 clove.
- 1 anis seed.
- 1 black pepper grain.
- 1 tbs cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick.
- 1tsp grounded ginger.
- Nuts and raisins.
- On a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the milk to the beaten egg mixture and soak gently the toasts on it. Put the bread on the pan and cook it lightly for to make the French toasts. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Cut all the fruit in big chunks. Add it to the same sauce pan including any fruit juice which it could be left. Stir lightly over low/medium heat until some of the pieces of fruit will be lightly golden or roasted. Poor the water and the gin. Let it simmer for a moment until it will start to boil. Then, add all the spices mentioned, the sugar, salt and the tea.
- Keep an eye on it stirring it constantly over medium heat. It will arrive a moment in which you will notice it becomes gooey. Like if you would be cooking jelly. Remove the anise seed, the cinnamon stick (if you have used one), the clove and the pepper. If you like a more clear syrup you can also strain the the fruit but, inevitably you are going to keep having tea leaves with the fruit mixture which taste good. Other option is to prepare a tea with the 1 cup of water and the blend but for some reason the flavour lightly changes. Up to you. It depends if you like to eat tea leaves or not.
- Serve on top of the French toast with all the syrup at taste. Preferably warm before the syrup turns jelly instead.
- Add toppings of your choice. Despite it has not been written on the main ingredients some whipped cream will serve it good.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe like real queens because all the women of this planet, we deserve it. Good luck to all her majesties.