Ingredients:

Almond Brioche Toast:

12 - one inch (2.5 cm) thick slices of Brioche (homemade or store bought)

Sugar Syrup:

1/2 cup (120 ml/grams) water

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

2 tablespoons (20 grams) Rum or Grand Marnier (optional)

Almond Cream (Frangipane)

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

1 large egg (50 grams), at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) pure vanilla extract

1 cup (115 grams) ground almonds

3 1/2 tablespoons (30 grams) all purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

Garnish:

Shaved almonds


Instructions:

Almond Brioche Toast: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sugar Syrup: In a small saucepan bring the water and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat, let the syrup cool to room temperature and then stir in the rum. Can be made a week or two in advance. Just cover and store in the refrigerator.

Almond Cream: In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (can also use a hand mixer) beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Then beat in the ground almonds, flour, and salt. Can be used right away or it can be made a few days in advance. Just cover and store in the refrigerator. It can also be frozen.

Assemble: Using a pastry brush, brush both the top and bottom of each slice of brioche with the sugar syrup. Then take about 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of almond cream (I use an ice cream scoop) and spread it onto one side of each slice of brioche. Then sprinkle with shaved almonds, pressing lightly so the almonds stick to the cream. (Can be assembled and stored in the refrigerator overnight or they can be frozen for one month.)

Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the almond cream is firm and lightly browned and the bottom of the brioche is golden brown. Remove from oven, place on a wire rack, and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Makes about 12 Almond Brioche Toast.


Description:

This Almond Brioche Toast or Brioche with Almonds is a delicious breakfast pastry. Bakeries often call it Bostock. It is very similar to an Almond Croissant, only instead of using a croissant, this pastry is made with a thick slice of Brioche. Just think, a slice of Brioche, stale enough that it can absorb a soaking of a rum flavored sugar syrup. Then, a rich almond cream (frangipane) is spread on one side of the Brioche. Next, to add additional almond flavor and a nice crunch, sliced almonds are sprinkled on top. The Bostock is then baked until the almond cream is set and starts to brown. I like to dust the pastry with powdered sugar just before serving. Sometimes I like to eat it while it's still warm and soft. Other times I let it cool to room temperature so the edges of the Brioche have time to become wonderfully firm and crunchy.

Almond Brioche Toast is a welcome brunch dish. Not only because they taste fabulous but also because you can assemble them the day before and just place them in the refrigerator to chill overnight. Then the next morning all you need to do is pop them into the oven until brown and set.

You can use either homemade or store bought Brioche. Actually you could use any good quality bread. And as I've said above, you want the Brioche to be a little stale (at least a day old), so it will soak up the sugar syrup. This syrup is so easy to make (just heat the ingredients to a boil) and it can be made ahead and covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Also, if you don't want to add the rum, you can flavor the sugar syrup with a little vanilla extract, almond extract, or even add some orange zest. Once the Brioche is soaked with the sugar syrup you can spread a thin layer of jam (I normally use raspberry jam) before adding the almond cream. The almond cream, also known as frangipane, is a rich cream made from ground almonds. You can buy ground almonds or you can take blanched almonds and process them in your food processor until finely ground. The almond cream can be made a few days ahead. Just cover and store it in the refrigerator. It can also be frozen.