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By Kim Choe

I realise this sounds like an unnecessarily decadent concept: cake and French toast are each perfectly delicious on their own; who would risk combining them?

Texans, that’s who. Those at Austin’s South Congress Cafe, specifically. Their carrot cake French toast is what inspired this madness. The decadent combination of sticky cake enrobed in crisp batter seems to be approaching legendary status – just about every Austinite knows and loves it.

I decided to go with a sweet loaf rather than a cake for this recipe – it’s a little less sweet and also more structurally robust, making it easier to fry.