Hartford House

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French Toast Sandwich Recipe

 French Toast Sandwich Photo : Jackie Cameron

French Toast Sandwich
Photo : Jackie Cameron

In the Hartford House kitchen, I impress upon all that an order should take as long as the eggs take to cook. A good few hours are spent preparing for this important meal and I believe an aspiring chef should spend his / her first month on the breakfast shift because it teaches precision, speed and the importance of maintaining a high standard. No one wants a badly fried egg first thing in the morning.

A French-toast sandwich, filled with carved gammon and finely sliced pecorino with a spicy tomato relish, is always impressive. It's a grand way to start a weekend.

French Toast Sandwich

Yields: 1


2 slices Bread

20 ml salted Butter

50 g sliced Gammon

15 g Pecorino sliced

45 ml Sunflower Oil

1 whole Eggs


1) Butter two slices of bread, layer the gammon and pecorino within the sandwich as you normally would when making a sandwich.

2) Heat a pan, add oil.

3) Dip the sandwich into the egg mixture and allow slight absorption.

4) Slowly fry the sandwich in the heated oil until the cheese is melted within. Serve with spicy tomato relish.

Spicy Tomato Relish

Yields: about 80 ml


5ml Salted Butter

5ml Sunflower Oil

45 g White Onions

1 clove Garlic

12o g Tomatoes

5 ml Tomato Paste

Hot Durban Masala to taste

5 Cumin seeds

Rosemary for flavour, chopped

3ml White Wine Vinegar


1) Heat a saucepan, add butter and oil followed by onions and garlic-caramelise well.

2) Add tomatoes and cook well, then add tomato paste and spices. Reduce down until thick and chunky.

3) Finish with rosemary and white wine vinegar.

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I look forward to hearing from you.

 jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713