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For Whom the Bread Toasts: It Toasts for Brie.

February 27, 2012

I have to admit that I started with the pun for this post and worked my way backwards to create the recipe. For Whom the Bell Tolls refers, of course, to a 1940 Spanish civil war novel by Ernest Hemingway – a man also responsible for this blog’s titular pun. The novel’s title, in turn, comes from John Donne’s 1624 Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, with Meditation XVII including: “any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

You know what’s more fun than the universality of death though? Brie! And blueberries! And french toast! This is obviously a breakfast food, but it could also be a dessert, I think.

  • Unsliced Bread (I used honey wheat, but many varieties would be fine. Brioche might be best)
  • Fresh blueberries (I’m sure one could use raspberries or sliced strawberries too)
  • Brie cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • cinnamon, maple syrup
  1. Cut bread into 2 inch wide slices. Slide a sharp, non-serrated knife into the centre of the slice and carefully cut a pocket into it, leaving at least 1 inch uncut on the sides and bottom.
  2. Slide 2-4 thin slices of brie cheese into the pocket you’ve created. Gently stuff a small handful of blueberries into the pocket, or as many as you can without breaking the bread.
  3. Mix milk and egg in a small bowl. Melt butter in a frying pan.
  4. Dip both sides of the bread in milk and egg, place in buttered pan and grill lightly on each side.
  5. Garnish with cinnamon and maple syrup. (Other options: more blueberries, orange zest).


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