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Matariki French Toast

with Lynne's Secret Custard Recipe

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Matariki is a special time of year when thousands of people across Aotearoa come together to celebrate the beginning of the Māori New Year. The Matariki star cluster signifies reflection, hope, connection to the environment and the gathering of people which for us at Charmate, means gathering around good food and good people. This year we decided to create a special recipe using Lewis Road Creamery's limited edition Winter Spice Milk to create a sweet, earthy and spicy french toast recipe with a custard recipe courtesy of our Charmate team member Lynne. Enjoy!
Prep time
15 Minutes
Black Wattle Briquettes 4kg Bag
Cherry 7.5L Wood Chunks
Best cooked on
Corona Kettle BBQ


French Toast

Brioche Toast Slices
4 x Eggs
1 x Lewis Road Creamery Winter Spice Milk Butter (for cooking)
Maple Syrup


1 Tbsp Cornflour mixed with water
1 Tbsp Brown SUgar 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 x Lewis Road Creamery Winter Spice Milk


  1. Prep the Charmate Corona Kettle BBQ with Charmate Black Wattle Briquettes and bring up to temp.
  2. Prep the french toast mixture by whisking together eggs with the winter spice milk until combined.
  3. Soak the Brioche slices in the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are covered in the mix. Transfer to a large plate or tray ready to cook.
  4. With the bread to one side, bring together the custard by bringing the winter spice milk to a boil.
    NOTE: Do not let it boil over; otherwise, you'll need to start again! Keep the heat on low and watch closely.
  5. Remove the spice milk from the heat. Next, mix one tablespoon of cornflour with water to a thin paste before adding ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence.
  6. Stir the paste into the milk and return to the heat to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Add one tablespoon of brown sugar and stir well to a consistency of your liking. Set aside.
  8. Place the Charmate Cast Iron Skillet in the middle of the grill with a small knob of butter until melted.
  9. Fry bread until golden on each side, flipping every 1-2 minutes to check.
  10. Cook the bacon and banana in the remaining butter and serve with the French Toast.
  11. Dollop the custard generously over the French Toast, and finish with fresh berries and maple syrup. Enjoy!