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Spirited French Toast

Driving East always brings on so many memories and such a feeling of nostalgia. Especially when we get to visit family and places that are such a part of our core!

As we head into this fall weekend I am thinking how this time of the year always brings on feeling of certain things…special foods we like, getting out the sweatshirts and enjoying the crisp fall morning smells and the crunch of the leaves on our walks…

 

Mornings like this are not a cold cereal and orange juice morning in my opinion. No, mornings like this call for something hot and hearty.

 

Here is a classic French Toast Dish that we have come up with. The mixture can sit overnight to incorporate more flavors and you may want to leave your bread out overnight as well. I find that if the bread is a little stale it absorbs so much better. I would buy a loaf of rustic or Italian bread and slice them in ½ inch pieces and let them sit.

 

Everything goes well with some bacon or sausage so cook it up, warm up the syrup, brew some coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy!

 

Hey you could even make this an evening “brinner” (breakfast + dinner) meal. Which is what we have done many Sunday evenings.

 

With the holidays quickly coming upon us, this is also a great morning tradition for a morning when you have everyone home on a snowy cozy morning.

 

This works best if you combine all the ingredients (minus the bread) in a blender…

 

This would make enough for 6 people…with 2 pieces each…

 

“Spirited”* French Toast

 

8 eggs

½ cup heavy cream

pinch of salt

¼ cup brown sugar

1T white sugar

dash of nutmeg and cinnamon

2t vanilla

2T maple syrup

* ¼ cup bourbon (optional)

 

  • Put all ingredients into the blender and blend well, you can let this mixture sit and incorporate flavors but remember to blend again before you use it because sugars will tend to sink to the bottom and it will become separated.
  • Pour mixture into a baking dish or pie plate and dip bread slices in, letting them soak so they absorb the mixture.
  • Put on buttered griddle or pan and cook until golden brown.
  • You can keep in warm oven until you are ready to serve.
  • You can use a raspberry or strawberry (or any flavor) jam with these as well instead of syrup.

 

Thicker sliced bread you would probably need 2 loaves depending on size of loaf…

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