While the rest of the nation has been filling out their brackets with their favorite college basketball teams, we’ve been stuffing our brackets (and bellies) with French Toast. About this time last year, we announced our French Toast Challenge, and since then French Toasts from around the globe have been battling it out for French Toast supremacy. We made 13 in all, but only four can be selected for the big dance.
But before we get to the competitors, it wouldn’t be March Madness without some controversial snubs by the selection committee. Miss A and Mr. N did a fantastic job on the selections, but two French Toasts found themselves on the wrong side of the bubble despite having strong performances. Romanian French Toast, a savory style French Toast surprised everyone, but fell just short of making the cut. The most controversial decision, though, was the omission of Bananas Foster French Toast. A top pick in the preseason, they fell short as the committee decided that two banana recipes was too many. Fans of Bananas Foster complained of the committee’s hypocrisy and argued that if they were in the top four, they should have been given a bid. Mr. N and Miss A were having none of it, though.
But enough of the also-rans. Here are the brackets:
The Bermuda French Toast was the prohibitive favorite, and really the inspiration for the challenge. Bermuda didn’t bring its A game. The oranges were a little mild and the orange flavor didn’t come through as strong as it can, while the bread didn’t seem to cook evenly and was a little tough in spots. Still, this recipe has so many weapons.
The Pumpkin French Toast was the last entry to be selected into the challenge, as it was a surprise favorite when we made it the first time.
For the first few bites it looked like the upstart had a shot at pulling an upset and becoming a tournament Cinderella, but in the end, Bermuda’s overall excellence pulled out the Round 1 victory.
Bermuda better execute better in the finals if they hope to win the title, because next week we’ll pair second-seeded Blueberry Stuffed French Toast against the three seed, Grand Greenlandic French Toast. I’m not going to try and pick a winner, but I will predict we’ll eat all we make and French Toast fans will cheer like crazy along the way.