Raspberry Orange French Toast Cups

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Raspberries in my July Garden

It is recipes like this Raspberry Orange French Toast Cups that makes the job of transplanting my fruit patch go quickly.  It’s hard to image not being able to walk out in the garden in July and harvest these raspberries that have been in our family for well over 30 years.  Nothing beats being able to go out into your backyard and pick home grown fruit.  In this post I share a tasty fresh recipe that can be served most anytime of the day as long as the berries are ripe.

Raspberry Orange French Toast Cups
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Raspberry Orange French Toast Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (5.2 oz.) Kontos Cocktail Flatbread (20 pieces)
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1 tbsp. butter, softened
  • Fresh raspberries
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Whipped butter
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread 10 Cocktail Flatbreads with raspberry preserves and top with remaining flatbreads to make little sandwiches.
  3. Generously coat 5 (7- to 8-oz.) ramekins (a small glazed ceramic or glass bowl) with butter and place on baking sheet. Arrange two sandwiches and 3 to 4 raspberries in each ramekin.
  4. Beat eggs in small bowl with whisk until frothy. Whisk in half-and-half, vanilla and orange rind. Divide egg mixture among ramekins.
  5. Using a fork, gently press flatbread sandwiches into egg mixture. Let stand 10 minutes, pressing sandwiches into egg mixture 4 or 5 times.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and set in center.
  7. Sprinkle with combined sugar-cinnamon mixture and garnish with mint leaf. Serve warm with raspberries, whipped butter and maple syrup.

Recipe and photo credit : Kontos Foods

My Passion for Home Grown Raspberries

These berries are special to me because they are the first fruit I ever grew on my own in our first garden in town. The berry shrubs were located near the garage right off the back alley in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Every spring I would go out and weed under the berry plants and apply new straw that would  work as a weed block and also hold moisture in the soil. I still remember picking fresh berries and eating them right off the vine at 8 months pregnant with my first child. The Craving for sweet fresh berries on that mid-July day with sweat dripping down my face didn’t bother me.  Berries are easy to grow as long as you can give them at least 6 hours of afternoon sun.  You’ll love fresh fruit right off the shrub and in recipes like the one in this post.

Pruning Raspberry Tips

Nothing beats being able to go out into your backyard and pick home grown fruit. The trellis the raspberry plants grows on is way to big for this location.   I’m going to be adding a picket fence around my 40’x 60′ garden and the trellis doesn’t work in the design. I hope to use a wire with stakes as shown in the video below.

Someday I hope to grow an orange tree in my geodesic bio dome so stay tune.

Did you try the raspberry orange french toast cups recipe? As always I would love to connect with you so please share a comment below so I can check out your website or we can connect on social media!

Happy Gardening,

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