August 27, 2011

French Toast

Last weekend, Grandpa tried to pass off English eggy bread as French Toast to my 2 darling children that know the difference.  So this weekend we took a break from Saturday morning pancakes and had real French Toast.

4 slices white sandwich bread (I used sliced brioche)
2 large eggs
1/2 c half-and-half (had to make my own with whole milk and cream)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
powdered sugar for dusting
maple syrup for serving

In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk the eggs and sugar until well combined.  I also added a dash of cinnamon to the mix.  Add the half-and-half, vanilla, 1/4 tsp. salt and whisk until combined.

In a medium nonstick skillet, melt a little of the butter over medium heat.  Dredge the bread in the egg mixture and cook until nicely browned, about 2 minutes.  I cooked 2 slices at a time.  Turn each piece over with a spatula and cook until the other side is nicely browned, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.  Definitely a delicious alternative to pancakes.

August 26, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie

Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

Today was my first French Friday with Dorie.  What a way to start this cooking adventure!  With a mixture of sun dried tomatoes, capers, cornichons, fresh tarragon and parsley in the mix how could it be just another hamburger.  Tarragon is one of my favourite herbs and you could really taste that and the sun dried tomatoes.  It was delicious topped with the parmesan, dill pickle slices and onion marmalade (mine didn't really have a jam consistency described in the recipe).