Dwayne Johnson livestreams cheat meal of 2 loaves of bread he calls French toast

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Celebrities are doing all they can to help us pass the time during our Safer At Home directives. Many are making great use of live-streaming either on Twitter or Instagram and bless them for it, it‘s been a lot of fun to watch these attempts. Dwayne Johnson, who is always looking out for his fans, streamed to Instagram Live over the weekend but, instead of singing or working out, he took things in a different direction, he live-streamed his cheat day. DJ is well known for his cheat days, mostly because he consumes an insane amount. Some of his photos show so much food, I get full just looking at them. So Sunday, DJ showed us yet another cheat day creation, something he called French toast. I mean, it is French toast, but it’s so much, it feels like it should be reclassified, like French loaf or, as someone suggested, “Europe toast.” See, DJ’s French toast calls for two loaves of brioche that he tops with peanut butter and syrup and washes down with margaritas. It’s pretty entertaining watching him try to speak and read the constant comments at the same time, among other distractions.

DJ obviously takes care of himself. He works out and lives what I assume is a very regimented diet and fitness routine during the week. So I have no reason to speculate whether these cheat days are unhealthy. Sure, they would kill me, but I don’t put the work in that DJ does. However, from a culinary perspective, I have plenty of thoughts. The first is that unlike his ‘cheat meal game’, his food blogging game is weak. He’s all over the place. Like when he discovered, mid-sentence, that his music wasn’t playing and he interrupted himself to put on Lionel Richie (he played Easy, though, so he gets points for theme). Then he started to discuss the brioche recipe again and interrupted himself a third time to replenish his margarita. Dude, stay on task! But it doesn’t matter anyway because he has no idea how to give a recipe. “About a lot of eggs” is not helpful. The only information we get is to cut the brioche loaves into 4-inch slices and then somehow incorporate about a lot of eggs, milk and cinnamon and cook it in a pan with just a little butter.

So let’s try to decipher this. Aside from indulging his cheat day carb routine, I think DJ uses such mammoth slices because he mentioned that he finds most French toast gets weighed down with too much “creams and milks.” Four inches of bread would allow the batter to soak in without weighing it down. But how long would one have to cook a four-inch piece of bread in a pan to heat it all the way through? His has lovely browning to it so it didn’t burn, he must have put it in the oven, right? I don’t know, I have a headache trying to figure this out, so I’ll give you my recipe instead. Brioche does make delicious French toast, so that as a base is a good option. I would cut the slices in 1 ½ – 2-inch slices, though. However, I most commonly make French toast with a leftover baguette and make little silver dollar toasts. Because of the density of the crust, you can cut these thinner, if you prefer. My batter is:

1C buttermilk
1 egg, mixed with a fork
1tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon (Sometimes I use the cinnamon/sugar mixture we use for toast)
Splash of Orange Juice

Mix all the above together in a shallow bowl. Dip the bread in the batter and put in a hot pan with lots of butter. Cook on each side and serve hot. The cooking time varies depending on which bread you use, just spot check the bottom to make sure it’s browning but not burning. (Also, I do frequently use butter spray instead of real butter in the pan, but nothing cooks up French toast like real butter, especially if you use brioche.) That amount of batter will feed my family of four, about six-eight pieces of brioche or a dozen + little sourdough dollars.

Peanut butter and syrup works as a topping, separately or combined. A little powder sugar and syrup is nice too, maybe with some sliced fruit. However, I would definitely not pair any of that with a margarita. If I were going to pair something with this dish, it would be a rum or whisky based drink to complement the syrup. I wouldn’t have any alcohol with French toast, though, because I think French toast and espresso is one of the great food marriages of all time. And I have questions about the margarita he made, too. Much of it is about the mix he used. Plus, points for the agave but where is the Cointreau? (The tequila is his Teremana tequila, fyi.)

You know I love me some DJ, but not this cheat day. And other people’s cheat days have just become very important to me as my daughter, who is studying nutrition this semester, is reworking my diet as her extra credit project. I need to live vicariously through any cheat day I can. I wonder if DJ would take requests, like tamales smothered in a red mole sauce. Or pizza! He talked about pizza in the video, maybe next week, as I nibble on my stupid baby carrots and sip water with no ice, DJ can get himself two pies, smothered in cheese, red onions and olives and live-stream himself eating them… slowly, savoring each bite, maybe moaning a little bit as he sinks he teeth into them. Oh dear, I think I just drooled on myself.

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  1. Nopity Nope says:

    Challah also makes amazing French toast. Basically any eggy, enrichments bread will make for excellent FT. I also like to slice the pieces about 1.5-2” thick and then leave spread out in a single layer to dry out a bit overnight.

    • LadyMTL says:

      This is exactly what I was coming here to say: challah is my go to (along with brioche, but challah is my first choice.) I’ve read some recipes where they say to use slightly stale challah, but I never though of just leaving it out to dry…I will definitely try that the next time I am craving French toast.

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      Samesies. Thick, dense bread, so it doesn’t get soggy from the egg/milk dip. And challah is the best!

  2. Gigi says:

    His cheat meals are epic and always fun to see.

  3. Juls says:

    Give me some grape jelly for my FT every time instead of syrup.

  4. Joanna says:

    His wife must be so happy w him 😋 love me some rock. I watched one TV series where he was a retired football player who became an agent and he looked so good in his suit. I think the show was called Ballers. I had a free trial, I should have continued it.

    Are you guys able to watch the video? It says playback on other websites is disabled by the owner. Fyi

  5. manda says:

    Those bagels look so good! I have been craving some NY bagels. All the bagel places shut down around me and grocery store bagels just don’t have that thing that real bagels do.

  6. Charfromdarock says:

    Not going to lie, that sounds delicious to me.

    I would gobble that up right about now.

  7. Angie says:

    I love me some DJ but I wish he and other high-visibility celebs would take the “cheat day” lexicon out of their diet talk. “Cheat” implies that whatever you are eating is wrong and something you should feel guilty about, even if you do only limit yourself to one day (or meal).

    Obviously no one should eat like this everyday if they are trying to maintain or lose weight, but everyone is allowed an indulgence once in a while and it should be referenced as something positive.

  8. TIFFANY says:

    I love his sushi cheat days. Gives me ideas of what to try some new pieces.

  9. CROOKSNNANNIES says:

    I don’t mind if he’s not a great food blogger- this is genuine! He’s just messing around and having fun.

    Also I wanted to check- why the no ice in your water? Is room temperature water better for you? I’m so curious now!

    • Hecate says:

      No, sorry – there is no benefit to water with no ice. It was a phrase my mother used to say to complain about dieting, “You just enjoy yours, I’ll sit here with my three leaf salad with no dressing, drinking water with no ice,” meaning her selections weren’t even interesting enough to include ice.

      You fill that glass with ice!

  10. Veronica S. says:

    The amount of food very large men can fit inside them is vaguely terrifying to me. My friend’s husband is a six foot plus dude who works an active job, and watching him pack it away at times can be borderline performance art. I’m like, How are you?? not?? as big a house??

    I literally cannot think of anything more unfair.

  11. Esmom says:

    I’ve never been a huge French toast fan but thank you, Hecate, for the recipe. Buttermilk is an inspired choice! I want to make this for my family next time I can get to the store for the ingredients.

    His pasta breakfast caught my eye, I eat pasta for breakfast a lot myself. And I understand what it’s like to live with a nutritionally conscious kid. When he went off to college the first thing we did was order a giant pizza!