Clementine Curd Sauce & Baked French Toast

Clementine Curd Sauce over Clementine Baked French Toast  Hearts - a perfect Valentine's breakfast full of sunshine & sweetness! At littlemisscelebration.comAre you a fan of clementines? I absolutely adore them! I love everything about them – the color, the flavor, how easily they peel, the way they are packaged in those cute little crates. Ok, I’m looking at the tower of crates on my dining room table right now and realizing just how many pounds of clementines we’ve eaten this season. Yikes! Though Clementine season is, sadly, coming to an end, there is still time to enjoy them. How about a special, Valentine’s Day breakfast? This Clementine Curd Sauce over Clementine Baked French Toast, made into hearts, is full of bright, citrusy sweetness and will start the day with sunshine & love!

I’m calling this a curd “sauce” because I did not let this chill for hours in the fridge. I wanted it to be pourable – if that’s a word! – but still have some “body.” After cooking, whisk the curd in a big bowl of water and ice and give it a quick trip to the freezer for a few moments to bring it to just the right consistency. The easy, clementine baked French toast adds a double dose of that wonderful clementine flavor! Make sure to wash the clementines really, really well, since we are using peel from the fruit.

Clementine Curd Sauce & Clementine Baked French Toast

Ingredients:

  •  6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed clementine juice, strained to remove any pulp
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated clementine peel
  • 2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Clementine Baked French Toast
Makes 8 heart shaped pieces

  • 8 slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of 1 clementine, strained
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated clementine peel
  • Milk to thin

For the curd sauce – Mix together eggs, egg yolks and sugar in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in clementine juice, zest, salt. Add butter and cook, whisking constantly, until butter is melted and mixture has thickened, about 5-6 minutes. Move the saucepan to a large bowl filled with cold water and ice, and whisk frequently until the curd is cooled and the consistency is thickened but can pour. Place the saucepan in the freezer for about 5 minutes or into the fridge while you make the French toast.

Clementine Curd Sauce over Clementine Baked French Toast  Hearts - a perfect Valentine's breakfast full of sunshine & sweetness! At littlemisscelebration.com

For the French toast – Using a cookie cutter, cut bread into heart shapes. You can use a small, sharp knife to cut around the cookie cutter if it doesn’t cut the bread cleanly. Whisk together eggs, clementine juice & peel plus a splash of milk to thin the mixture. Dip bread hearts into clementine egg mixture. Place hearts on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes. For a crispy outside, flip the hearts about halfway through baking. If you don’t flip, you’ll have crispy side and a soft side.

To serve, place the French toast hearts on a plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar and spoon a generous amount of clementine curd sauce over the hearts. Give everyone a small dish of extra curd sauce for dipping – we almost had a little French toast with our clementine curd sauce! :)

Clementine Curd Sauce over Clementine Baked French Toast  Hearts - a perfect Valentine's breakfast full of sunshine & sweetness! At littlemisscelebration.com

If you happen to have extra curd sauce, spoon some over ice cream or slices of pound cake to add a bright burst of sunshine sweetness! You know those cute little clementine crates I’m so fond of? Hang on to them – we are going to make something with those crates down the road!

I hope you grab some clementines and try this easy and delicious breakfast! If you can’t find clementines or they are already out of season, make this with sweet oranges. That will be my go-to until my darling clementines are back in season later in the year. :)

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Comments

  1. Gimme!
    Seriously though, gimme!
    :) Seriously though, this looks yummy, Cindy! This is fun, I like fun food! I don’t get to make hearts, I have to make Mickey Mouse faces out of everything now for the boys! Pinning and drooling!

    • :) Come on over and we’ll share! I like fun food, too – and we can never go wrong with Mickey, either! Thank you so much for your visit and the pin! Have a happy weekend!

  2. Cindy, French Toast in the shape of hearts! Who can resist. What a great idea for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. The sauce looks fab. Pinning this!

    • Hi Joan! The clementines really made this delicious! Thank you so much for your sweet visit, comment and pin. I appreciate it so much! Hope you have a happy and wonderful weekend!

  3. What a unique recipe – and I love the heart shaped french toast! So cute! Pinning:) Have a great week Cindy:)

    • Hi Krista! Thank you so much for the pin and even more for your visit! If you like clementines, this is really delicious. Hope you have a happy and wonderful weekend!

  4. We love clementines too but never thought to add them to make french toast – so creative and yummy Cindy! Love the pretty heart shapes and that sauce sounds amazing!

    • Hi Kelly! Aren’t clementines just the best? I wish they were around all year, but I guess we appreciate them more when they come back in season. I’d never actually made anything with them before (too busy eating them like wildfire!) and this turned out so delicious! Thank you so much for your sweet visit and have a happy weekend!

  5. Everything about this is just so perfect, Cindy! I love French Toast and clementines, and the fact that they’re heart-shaped is just the icing on the cake. :) Pinning!

    • Thank you, Christine! As much as I love clementines, I figured I was long overdue to make something with them and this turned out so good. Thank you so much for the pin and your visit! Hope yo have a wonderful weekend!

  6. These look cute Cindy… I’m a huge clementine fan and take them to lunch every day and will be sad when they are gone! We love french toast here – will need to give a try – pinned!

    • Deb, I know, I’m going to be SO sad when they are gone for the season – aren’t they just the best fruit? This turned out really delicious and I could have eaten several pots of that sauce, lol. Thank you so much for visiting!

  7. This looks delicious, Cindy. I made an orange curd a few weeks ago and loved it. To be honest with you I don’t know the difference between clementines and mandarin oranges. I guess I’m off to google it now. Thanks for sharing your lovely breakfast.

  8. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    My kiddos adore clementines! Pinning this so I can make this for them!

  9. These are too cute, Cindy! I don’t know if I’ve ever had a Clementine. I mean, I probably have but I don’t remember! I always eat oranges when I go for that type of citrus. Pinned! Hope you are having a great week. :)

  10. Dear Cindy, I love clementines. They were always in the house during the holidays and that is a tradition I still keep. I love the heart shaped pancakes. They are perfect for Valentine’s morning. Blessings, Catherine xo

  11. I love clementines. Sounds amazing can’t wait to give it a try. Love the heart shape. Would love for you to share this at The Weekend Retreat http://mommyondemand.com/weekend-retreat-link-party-54/

    • Thank you so much and aren’t clementines the best? I wish they were always available! I will be hopping over the party now and thank you so much for visiting!

  12. These little heart-shaped french toast are TOO CUTE!!! I want a dozen of them for breakfast tomorrow! I love french toast and I love clementines. This is the perfect marriage of the two – YUM! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever, pinning now!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    • Hi Jen! Thank you so much! It’s so kind of you to visit and thanks for the party and the pin! Hope you have a happy Saturday and I’ll see you tonight! :)

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