French Toast – Some People Don’t Know It is Easy!

I grew up with my mother making French Toast on a regular basis. We were not well off but eggs, milk and bread fixed the right way made us feel like royalty. Waking up to the scent of those soaked slices of bread got us up dressed and at the ready for breakfast. We all had our favorite way of indulging. My mother liked applesauce on her serving. I was a butter and cinnamon/sugar fan, and my dad would smother his in syrup. Happy eating, no complaints!

I’ve discovered, however, that people like to order them when eating breakfast out but really have no idea how easy it is to prepare at home. Here is my take on the making of this breakfast treat.

French Toast

2 cups whole milk (If you want to change out 1/2 cup of the milk for cream, I won’t tell!)
3 eggs, beaten well
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
8-10 slices of bread (I like using Sour Dough bread but most any firm bread will work well)

Combine all the ingredients except the bread. Place milk mixture in a pan large enough to easily soak the bread. Have your griddle or frying pan heating with a tablespoon of butter melting nicely. Soak each slice on both sides. The bread should be wet but not falling apart. Place in your preheated pan and brown well on each side. Serve immediately, top with your favorite syrup or fruit, etc., and enjoy.

As I mentioned, I like sourdough bread as it holds up a bit better and I like the tang of the sour dough.

Brown bread works well if you want to add another level of nutrition/fiber to the dish. It fries up to a more toasty taste.

My children enjoyed cinnamon/raisin bread for this recipe.

Some people split croissants which makes for a really, really rich result.

Thanksgiving Shortcuts in the Kitchen

Yes, we are in that month where we are thinking about guest lists, menus, and plans for  a holiday dinner. My ever-present notebook is always at hand but lots more scribbling going on in it at this time of the year.

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Here is one super-fast recipe that will make you look like a culinary expert in the kitchen!

For a nice breakfast snack with the first cup of coffee of the day, Monkey Bread is always a welcome addition. There are many, many recipe versions but this one is easy to get in the oven and baked within 30 minutes. Okay, 35 minutes if you decide to ice them, too.

Monkey Bread

3 cans of refrigerated biscuits (I like using the flaky type but any will do nicely.)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (margarine would be okay, too)
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or vegetable oil spray a Bundt pan or any round cake pan with high sides. Place the chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the baking pan.

Cut each biscuit into fourths. Kitchen scissors make fast work of this. Combine the granulated sugar and spices in a bowl. Roll each piece of biscuit in the mixture. Place in prepared baking pan.

In a small pot, melt the butter, brown sugar, water, and vanilla together. Bring to a boil and boil for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over the biscuits in the baking pan. Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes. Biscuits should be golden. Cool for a few minutes and turn out onto a serving plate. Pour the glaze over the still warm treat and let it drip down the sides!

Fast glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Enough milk to form a glaze.