Sunday, August 3, 2014

Grab Some Nuts

When I was invited to participate in a group post in honor of “Grab Some Nuts” Day, I was a bit confused. I didn’t want to seem stupid, but there are just so many kinds of nuts, which ones were we discussing?


The male nether-regions type?
Well, that would be a tricky kinda post. Don’t think I’d be including many visual aids without the police coming to my door. And then I suppose I’d have to go put a bra on before they lead me away in handcuffs.

The wackadoodle type?
Well, I’ve written a few posts where I definitely flew my nutty wackadoodle flag. But if I keep doing that the men in the white coats may cone get me and lock me in a rubber room. Do you think they make you wear bras in those rubber rooms?

The kind you build with?
All I know about these kinds of nuts is that they’re supposed to go with bolts. Pretty short post, but then anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I’m a walking DIY disaster. Any time I buy something with “some assembly required” I end up with leftover nuts and no one in my house dares touch the finished product. Whimps!

The food?
Ah yes, the food. That’s what they meant. Phew! I’m almost sure I can grab those nuts without changing my attire.


That settled, I had to decide what to make. Usually I start with the recipe and then name it. This time I was working backwards and starting with a name. A Grab Some Nuts recipe had to be called “Great Balls of Fire”, right? Or I could make a round cookie or cake ball, use blue food coloring and call them “Blue Balls”.

Turns out I was having so much fun naming the recipe I almost forgot to actually make something. Not good when you join in a group post. Turns out they want you to . . . you know . . . have a recipe to publish.


 Pistachio Cream Cheese French Toast - Baking In A Tornado
Pistachio Cream Cheese French Toast
 Pistachio Cream Cheese French Toast - Baking In A Tornado

I didn’t even end up using any of those fun names, d@mn it. But that’s OK because this recipe was a huge hit and I’d much prefer a hit in my nuts than a catchy name. Wouldn’t you?

Need more nuts (and really, who doesn’t)? Be sure to visit all the other nutty participants for Grab Your Some Nuts Day:

How to Toast Your Nuts by Cravings of a Lunatic
Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies by Roxana's Home Baking
Salted Caramel Peanut Pie by Hungry Couple
 Peanut Butter Martini Mousse by Cooking In Stilettos
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cashew and Pistachio Truffles by Culinary Ginger
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie by Kelli’s Kitchen
Bourbon Pecan Pie for One by The Spiffy Cookie
Herb Roasted Cashews by Noshing with the Nolands


Baking In A Tornado

Pistachio Cream Cheese French Toast 
                                                                                ©www.BakingInATornado.com
 
 
Printable Recipe 
 
Ingredients:
1 cup whipped cream cheese
4 TBSP powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 oz finely chopped, salted pistachios
Loaf of Italian bread
 
3 eggs
1/3 cup hazelnut creamer
¾ tsp cinnamon
8 oz finely chopped unsalted pistachios
 
2 TBSP butter
OPT: serve with Maple Syrup
 
Directions:
*Mix together the whipped cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 3 oz pistachios.
*Slice six approximately 1 ½ inch slices of Italian bread. Make a pocket in the center of each slice, starting from the center of the top and slicing not quite down to the bottom. Don’t slice all the way to the sides or through the bottom.
*Using a knife, spread about 1/6th of the cream cheese mixture into each of the pockets, then press to close.
*Whisk together the eggs, creamer and cinnamon. Place the remaining finely chopped pistachios onto a piece of wax paper or into a dish.
*Heat 1 TBSP butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until hot.
*Dip each side of 3 of the bread slices into the egg mixture, then press into the pistachios. Place into the frying pan and immediately turn the heat down a notch. Fry until brown, gently flip over and fry the other side until brown. Repeat with the other pat of butter and the other 3 slices of bread.
*OPT: serve with Maple Syrup

32 comments:

  1. I was just contemplating how I fit in nearly every one of the aforementioned categories.
    I'm nutty in a whackadoodle way, but I'm pretty sure that I don't have bolts... at least not until I need hip replacement.

    It's been FAR too long since French toast has crossed my lips.... I think it's time. Come to think of it, it's been far too long since nuts have... oh, nevermind. I refuse to go there without another cup of coffee and a slice of your French toast.

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    1. LOL, I think I've been missing out. I didn't realize nuts were THIS much fun!

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  2. Oh my god that looks so good! I wish I had that for breakfast.

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    1. I know, I'm looking at it and realizing I need to make it again. It was so good!

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    1. This tasted as good as it looks. Maybe even better!

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  4. Sadly, I can't eat nuts but loved them. I'll socially share this, though!

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    1. Sorry, hope I didn't torture you. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. My gosh this looks amazing - I would have never thought to make my French toast with pistachios! They are my favorite nut so I think I will be trying these next weekend!

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    1. Hope you try it, hope you love it and hope you let me know!

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  6. I love a filled French toast...and with some pistachios and hazelnut creamer added to the mix, your breakfast showpiece must taste marvelous!!!

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    1. I have to admit that everyone in the house loved this one. Making it again soon for sure.

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  7. Oh I do like warm maple syrup drizzled on my nuts and what better way to give your nuts a start to the day.

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    1. Ha ha ha ha. LOVE this group. I had so much fun!

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  8. What the..............OH MY HEAVENS!! I had cheerios for breakfast, now I am sad!! I so want this!!!

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  9. OK, I need this ASAP! Scouring kitchen for ingredients now...

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  10. This looks like a ball busting good time...pun? sorry LOL
    Great recipe though

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  11. This looks so delicious. I will have to make it next weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I was laughing so hard I almost forgot to save the recipe and that would have been "nuts". I am doing a guest blogger this Wednesday with a girl from the UK. Not thinking anything I mentioned it in passing to the hubs his comment was... "Please tell me I'm getting that one that can cook so good. (Meaning you because we both sometimes drool over your recipes at night." I hit him in the NUTS!!!!!

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    1. HA HA HA. Great comment, love the way you went with the whole theme of the post. Thanks for the laugh.

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  13. I love that sense of humor, Karen. Your final product looks and sounds wonderful. Thank you, for not making it blue :)

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    1. LOL, my pleasure . Although I admit that I really was tempted.

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  14. Great post. Also great recipe. I love nuts and would love this French toast.

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    1. Hope you try it, Dawn, we all loved it. The pistachio crust was amazing.

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  15. I'm laughing my nuts off at the fact that you were so busy naming it that you almost didn't make it. Too funny. I get the same way. I get so focused on one thing everything else falls by the wayside.

    Great recipe. You know how much I love nuts.

    So glad you joined us for this.

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    1. I'm so glad to have been welcomed to the group, Kim. All your hard work made for a really fun group post.

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  16. I love love love that you turned this into an awesome french toast recipe! French toast is delicious...but it needs fun additions. Like nuts. Nuts make everything better. Nice work...it was fun teaming up with you for this post!

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    1. Same here, David. This was such a fun, easygoing and supportive group.

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