Mango french toast served with delicious coconut ice cream is a fabulous way to make your ordinary mornings feel a little extraordinary. Add some ripe mango slices, a dusting of cinnamon and a final drizzle of chocolate syrup to make it irresistible.
Want to make it even more special?? Add some chocolate sauce like I did…and then sit back and watch in awe (close your mouth please) as the family finishes it in five minutes. No complaints. No excuses. Simply the sound of spoon clinking on the plates and the oohs and aahs emanating from their mouths. Oh yes, this is what heaven must feel like. 😛
I love people..I like having them around me too. I am quite an extrovert so to speak and the art of conversation is something I learnt long back from my parents, especially my dad who’s quick wit and gift of gab I inherited (or so everyone tells me). But… and its a big but here (do not confuse with butt :P) , occasionally I need my space..and I crave for silence!!
There .. I said it! Finally I am out with the truth. This is something most mothers can associate with (or atleast I hope they can).Come on, say you can..don’t make a gal feel like the shittiest mom in town! I love my family..P and baby D are definitely the most important people in life and I wouldn’t think twice before dying for them, but there are days when I wish I could just live a little for me..you know, switch off everyone else in my life and simply be me. Not a wife. Not a mother. Or daughter. Or sister.Just me.. and these are the days that I crave solitude..and serenity. Lets face it the house is never quiet if you have a kid..they demand constantly. The only time I really get to write a post after finishing a day’s work is after midnight. Its not because i am an insomniac, but simply coz thats the only time I get to myself.
And yes, I longgg for peace and quiet at the end of a long and tiring day at work, and when there are a million things to do on the blog, and million other things to do at home, and the baby is cranky..and the hubby wants you…ufffff. It all snowballs on certain days. Lets just say yesterday was such a day. So I was feeling rather irritated in the morning as I woke up..Somehow these magical french toasts happened. I just saw those ripe glistening mangoes in the basket, and remembered the tub of coconut icecream languishing in the freezer and somehow suddenly I started feeling a little better.
Out came my whisk..and the sweet melody of cooking began. The usual culprits in a french toast are cinnamon and brown sugar for me, and they are to be blamed here too. But the mango, coconut and chocolate combination is just so so right, a case of the perfect menage -a- trois!
Cant believe I hadn’t made these before. Silly silly me! Once my darlings were down,I served these up and sat down to have my coffee (praying for peace). There it was. The sound of silence!!
I could believe my eyes,..and my ears! They were gobbling it all up, without making much noise except to say yum..and oh god..and more mango please..or baby D saying “mama can I have some more chocolate”?
Bless their heart! It gave me exactly what i needed to fortify me for the day..and their big grins as they ate it all made everything seem worth the while. The incessant “mama”, the demands, the constant juggling of things like a magician , the never ending chores..it all felt worth the while, just coz I made those two darlings happy, first thing in the morning.
In my books, that is the recipe of turning ordinary into extraordinary.
No fairies. No God mothers needed to make your wish come true. Simply you..and your desire to make it magical will do.
- 4 thick slices white bread
- 1½ tbsp butter
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup brown sugar (powdered)
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 ripe mangoes, sliced thin and long
- Icing sugar to dust
- Coconut icecream to serve alongside.
- Raisins - a handful
- Chocolate syrup to serve
- Cut each slice into half , in triangles (I remove the crust )
- Combine the eggs, milk and a pinch of salt in a bowl large enough to roll the bread sticks in.
- Combine the cinnamon and powdered brown sugar on a plate.
- Heat half the butter in a large pan over medium high heat.
- Roll the sticks in the egg mixture quickly (do not soak them), shake off excess and place in pan.
- Turn to cook each side until golden.
- Immediately transfer to the plate with the cinnamon sugar and roll to coat. It's important to do this quickly while they are hot straight out of the pan so it sticks.
- Serve on a plate
- Lay the slices mangoes on the french toast.
- Add a dollop of coconut ice cream, sprinkle some raisins and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
- Serve immediately.
2. You can substitute chocolate syrup for your favorite syrup.
3. If you dont have brown sugar, you can use granulated sugar, but I prefer brown sugar and cinnamon together.
4. Please do use cinnamon powder, it adds a wonderful taste to the toasts.