ffwD: Coupetade

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Although this week’s assignment was included in the dessert section of Around My French Table, I thought of it more as a breakfast dish mainly because the slices of challah are fried up like French toast. Simply allowing the delicious grilled slices to soak in a milk-egg-sugar mixture and then baked doesn’t seem to push it over into the realm of desserts. Maybe it’s because I left out the raisins and dried fruit…But, then again, it was sweet enough to be considered a dessert, I suppose.

I did enjoy this dish a lot, however. I only made half the recipe but may have used too many slices of challah seeing as the lower portion of the slices were very custard-y and soaked after the baking, but the top portions peeked above the custard and ended up crispy. I think I can really see this as a dessert if I adorn it with whipped cream, fresh berries, and maybe a fruit or caramel glaze…

This coupetade was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    May 10, 2013 @ 05:10:01

    Oh this is TOTALLY a breakfast dish (though we ate it for dessert too!). Loved this one.

  2. Carine
    May 10, 2013 @ 05:28:33

    It sure looks good! I would probably make it as a breakfast meal too🙂

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    May 10, 2013 @ 06:12:04

    It´s a great brunch dish. It looks wonderful!

  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    May 10, 2013 @ 06:13:43

    I agree. I’d happily eat that for breakfast 🙂

  5. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    May 10, 2013 @ 06:14:38

    I’d love to have it for breakfast

  6. TrafficDiva
    May 10, 2013 @ 06:50:25

    …Or this could be an awesome BRUNCH item too! A nice savory salad with seafood perhaps…but the possibilities are endless!!! Looks amazing-I’d eat it no matter what time of day–HA! =)

  7. SandraM
    May 10, 2013 @ 06:59:46

    I haven’t had breakfast yet, and now totally want that!! Yum!

  8. Ronda
    May 10, 2013 @ 07:00:47

    It sounds a bit like bread pudding. I am sure it would taste good at any time of the day!

  9. Cher
    May 10, 2013 @ 07:22:19

    This is breakfast (or brunch) for sure & a very tasty one at that.

  10. apuginthekitchen
    May 10, 2013 @ 07:23:31

    I really like the idea of frying first, it’s like a bread pudding or pain perdu which can be breakfast or dessert. Looks really delicious. I think I would love it for either.

  11. tastytreats13
    May 10, 2013 @ 08:57:39

    Yum this looks really good!

  12. Inger Wilkerson
    May 10, 2013 @ 09:28:44

    I’d probably put this in the breakfast realm too. Now add a nice rum sauce and that might push it to the bread pudding/dessert category😉

  13. Alice
    May 10, 2013 @ 11:17:51

    we had it for both breakfast AND dessert!! Its a good thing we only made a half batch too!! and lucky that you managed to find challah!

  14. Tracy
    May 10, 2013 @ 11:38:58

    This looks so yummy. I am not a huge fan of breakfast and usually just have some scrabbled egg whites and multigrain toast. But I do love french toast and berries so I am certain I would love this recipe.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  15. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    May 10, 2013 @ 11:39:03

    This would be wonderful for breakfast, brunch or dessert! It looks delicious🙂

  16. markd60
    May 10, 2013 @ 12:26:09

    Looks pretty good!

  17. ashley
    May 10, 2013 @ 12:45:26

    I’d eat this for any meal!🙂

  18. The Squishy Monster
    May 10, 2013 @ 13:39:54

    What great brunch item!

  19. Choc Chip Uru
    May 10, 2013 @ 15:15:59

    WOuld love to try this delicious breakfast😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  20. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    May 10, 2013 @ 15:42:21

    Looks like most of us agree. Though I think if you put liquor in it as some did it would taste more dessert like.

  21. Cakelaw
    May 10, 2013 @ 16:05:54

    I like your dessert ideas – fabulous!

  22. Karen
    May 10, 2013 @ 16:33:32

    This sounds like a great brunch item. I think I would especially enjoy the top crispy part.

  23. thatskinnychickcanbake
    May 10, 2013 @ 17:02:26

    The crispy top sounds especially appealing! Perfect for a brunch…but I had trouble imagining it for dessert.

  24. Norma Chang
    May 10, 2013 @ 18:04:20

    I too think of it as a breakfast item.

  25. Mary
    May 10, 2013 @ 18:06:28

    Looks delicious!!!
    Mary x

  26. Hotly Spiced
    May 10, 2013 @ 20:49:14

    I think this would be a great breakfast too. Love the sound of all the custard xx

  27. dedy oktavianus pardede
    May 11, 2013 @ 00:22:22

    i love to have some of the coupetade,
    i’m not familiar with french recipe…
    thx for sharing this…

  28. Elizabeth Mars
    May 11, 2013 @ 01:23:42

    Just discovered your blog. Your apple cinnamon bundt cake looks devine, as does this challah french toast, but I have to make the bundt cake.

  29. thespicylemongrass
    May 11, 2013 @ 01:38:04

    This was yum. We really enjoyed it in our house for dessert and breakfast.

  30. Three Well Beings
    May 11, 2013 @ 03:18:45

    I’ve never heard of coupetade! But this is a wonderful recipe. I’d eat it any time of day!

  31. oneexpatslife
    May 11, 2013 @ 07:18:37

    I topped mine with cream and berries and somehow still called it breakfast🙂

  32. Tammy
    May 11, 2013 @ 11:15:38

    I have also never heard of this and won’t ever make it as I constantly battle weight but it’s beautiful!

  33. Melolimparfaite
    May 11, 2013 @ 11:25:20

    looks delicious my dear !

  34. saffronandhoney
    May 11, 2013 @ 12:07:04

    I’d completely and shamelessly have it for breakfast:)

  35. jessica
    May 11, 2013 @ 18:22:47

    looks so gooood

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

  36. Gloria - My Pretty Paris
    May 12, 2013 @ 06:00:47

    I love French toasts (perhaps because I’m French haha)! And it’s quite easy to realize!
    Kisses my dear!

  37. Sharon
    May 12, 2013 @ 08:04:26

    Yummy yummy yummy🙂

  38. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 12, 2013 @ 09:42:08

    I would eat this anytime, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert! Looks awesome!

  39. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 12, 2013 @ 10:06:31

    Very decadent!

  40. Audrey Allure
    May 12, 2013 @ 11:51:40

    It looks so yummy!

  41. Daniela
    May 12, 2013 @ 13:37:24

    This looks like the perfect breakfast treat to me!
    Love the idea to add cream and strawberries, so luscious!

  42. triciaandnana
    May 12, 2013 @ 17:53:44

    I agree with you about the breakfast…esp starting out with the french toast and adding eggs. I figured that when we kept adding sugar to each step, perhaps it elevated the guilt factor to deem it dessert. A winner no matter what time of the day…and kudos for posting at LAX.

  43. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    May 12, 2013 @ 19:14:21

    oh WOW! This looks SO good!!!

  44. betsy
    May 12, 2013 @ 20:18:25

    Sounds like you had a nice variety of textures in every bite. Yum!

  45. Ameena
    May 12, 2013 @ 22:32:41

    I would eat this for dessert…it looks amazing!

  46. Raymund
    May 12, 2013 @ 23:10:52

    Dessert or breakfast I can enjoy this everytime even dinner

  47. kitchen flavours
    May 13, 2013 @ 02:00:28

    Looks like a perfect breakfast!

  48. The Sketched Chef
    May 13, 2013 @ 04:58:34

    This is how I imagine a perfect breakfast !

  49. sara
    May 14, 2013 @ 08:30:01

    Yum! I would actually be all about baked french toast for dessert…yum, looks tasty!🙂 And – happy birthday, Hawaii looks AMAZING!🙂

  50. Melolimparfaite
    May 14, 2013 @ 22:12:21

    Happy birthday ! Hope we ll get some pics from Hawai🙂

  51. mysfkitchen
    May 14, 2013 @ 22:39:05

    Happy Birthday!! I am so jealous you are in Hawaii!

    Great looking dish🙂

  52. bakeawaywithme.com
    May 15, 2013 @ 13:28:23

    This was delicious…yours looks absolutely perfect!!
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday…enjoy Hawaii!!

  53. Amy @ A Couple in the Kitchen
    May 16, 2013 @ 07:37:13

    Dessert or breakfast…I don’t care I just want some!

  54. Tandy
    May 16, 2013 @ 12:28:40

    Nice breakfast! Birthday blessings yummychunklet🙂

  55. Jenn and Seth
    May 17, 2013 @ 21:44:22

    sounds like a lovely breakfast or dessert🙂 YUM!

  56. atasteofmadess
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:00:16

    Haha, well I eat pretty much anything for breakfast. This looks great!

  57. mitrfriend
    May 21, 2013 @ 11:30:56

    Interesting! Looks very yummy!!!
    Happy B’day! And enjoy Hawaii!!!🙂
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