Back to Basics: Weekend French Toast

March 24, 2013

Weekends can mean two things to me… one evening and two (never seemingly long enough) days for lounging around the house; making a nice breakfast, french press coffee, reading magazines, and spending a shameful amount of time on the Internet.  Or… a weekend can mean putting my big girl pants on and gettin’ stuff done; figuring out my life, paying bills, taking my dogs to the vet, yard/garden work, or swiftly cleaning my house before racing out the door to drive to some event in Raleigh, Boone, Asheville, Tennessee, Virginia or any other neighboring city and/or state.

Fortunately for us, last weekend was one of those weekends that I described first, the lounging kind.  I had the wonderful gift of my (not so little anymore) brother staying with me for a short visit.  Saturday morning, we made french toast.  Now, I’m sure you all know how to make french toast by this point in your life, but this delightfully simple food should not be forgotten.  In this recipe, we’re canceling out all carbohydrates by serving french toast with fresh fruit… that works, right?  (Don’t answer that.)

And we’re off!

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First things first, start with freshly baked bread.  This is a wonderfully dense sourdough that I got from a local bakery by work, Our Daily Bread Bakery.  The owner has a very thick, foreign accent of some kind, which makes this bakery even more awesome.  For obvious reasons, a loaf of french bread would work fine, too.

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Bread, eggs, done.  Just kidding.

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Thickly slice bread, 2-3 slices per person.  Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, pinch of salt, and vanilla sugar (if you’re feeling fancy, but regular sugar and vanilla extract will do).  I have been advised that adding a bit of spiced rum couldn’t hurt either.

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Behind the scenes, heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat with an almost Paula Deen amount of butter.  Flip slices of bread a few times in the egg/milk mixture until fully coated and a little bit saturated.  Fry bread slices until both sides are golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes per side.

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Transfer to a plate or serving platter and top with maple syrup, toasted pecan pieces, and a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar.  Serve with fresh fruit.  I hulled and quartered strawberries and mixed them with fresh blueberries.

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Serve to your brother with a smile in hopes to make up for all the kicking fights you had when you were both in grade school…

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And then said little brother steals your fruit.  It really is an endless circle of sibling love (domination).

For the full recipe, click here:  Weekend French Toast from Simplified Feast

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