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As a woman who lived in Paris for many years the term french toast is an elastic one. French toast is certainly more of an American invention I would guess it is loosly based on pain perdu. Then we also have the croques, a bistro staple. I would describe this dish as the bastard child of a croque and a pain perdu. In fact in reality this is the full on hipster foodie version of my go to comfort food.

Okay I am calling myself out here. I can be a massive food hypocrite. I spent many years working in recipe development. I also create recipes here, host pop ups but I love to eat crap from time to time. I am not alone, tell me I am not alone. My go to comfort treat was a cheese sandwich dipped in egg and fried in butter, I called it a cheese dream. I will let you just imagine eating things fried in butter for a moment – there is no greater joy.

Is there a time that one ever really fancies soup over something fried in butter?

Well I am now a woman in her 40’s with children, her own business, an allotment. Now is not the time in my life when I should be watching the Littlest Hobo in my pj’s at 2pm eating cheese dreams. No, I am at a stage in my life when I should be saying things like, “oh they have great salads” or “I quite fancy soup tonight”. I am just not ready for that so instead I decided to make the comfort junk food of my youth into acceptable grown up food worthy of a recipe writer.

Often cited as a kitchen appliance you will never use can we all give a moment of love for the waffle iron.

waffle sandwich brunch recipe

you will need;

  • 2 slices of bread preferably fancy homemade bread this is a hipster dish after all
  • 1 cup of grated cheese. (I mixed the cheeses between a nutty cheddar, a sage derby and some cornish yarg, I am a cheese lover)
  • 1/2 cup of leeks sliced and fried with dried mixed herbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • mustard of choice
  • a little butter for the waffle iron
  • Roasted cherry tomatoes, optional (not really optional as they are too delicious to leave out)


  1. Slow roast your tomatoes in a little salt and olive oil. You can do this in advance and simply heat them up.
  2. Prepare all the ingredients as stated in the list and pre heat your waffle iron.
  3. Spread the bread with mustard, there are so many mustards to choose from so choose your favourite. I am partial to Dijon.
  4. Layer up your cheese and leeks. Squish the bread down and dip both sides into the beaten egg.
  5. Put your sandwich into the waffle iron, hear the sizzle and stick the kettle on, you will want to enjoy a mug of tea with this also.
  6. Serve with the tomatoes on top.
  7. You may need an elasticated waistband and a free afternoon to simply sit back, digest and savour the utter carb/cheese please you have just consumed.

This is honestly one of the most satisfying snacks/meals/better than an orgasm things you can make. I also make lots of savoury waffles too with lentils and goodness, would you like me to share those?