(Serves 8; two halves per person)
Mix the pistachios and shredded coconut and spread onto a dinner plate. Set aside. Slice bread into 1-inch thick slices. Blend together eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, coconut milk and rum then pour into a shallow bowl. Immerse the slices of bread in the liquid and soak for two minutes, remove, and allow excess liquid to drip off. Press the bread down onto the pistachio and coconut mixture, then flip over and repeat, being careful not to knock off the coating.
In a skillet pan on medium heat, add a tablespoon of butter and coat the pan. Sear both sides of the bread until golden brown, then remove and place on a sheet pan. Bake the bread at 325°F until the bread starts to puff up or “soufflé”—this should take about six to ten minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes, then slice diagonally and serve with vanilla or caramel ice cream. Enjoy with a glass of Dolce!