Thursday, July 11, 2013

French Toast with Berries

I don't know about you but I hate to cook in the Summer, at the end of the day the last thing I want to do is make dinner. So last night because it was scorching and I was tired I made French Toast. A little unconventional, but hey, sometimes it is nice to change things up, especially as I only had to cook for me. My  husband was at dinner with clients otherwise we probably would have had something different


I know that like pancakes and waffles, everyone has their favorite recipe. Mine happens to be this one which is adapted from Williams Sonoma. The recipe is simple and versatile, you can add whatever flavors that you like or subtract the spices you do not. I have seen people add almond extract, orange flavoring, Cognac and more.



Perfect French Toast
Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma

Ingredients:

1 day old loaf of bread cut into 3/4 slices
6 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup cup half and half
1 cup of milk
1 Tbs. vanilla
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
pinch of cloves
2 Tbs. brown sugar

Berries for garnish
Butter/Syrup
Powdered Sugar

Directions:

In a shallow baking dish, arrange bread slices in a single layer. In a bowl combine eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar. Whisk until combined, then pour mixture over the bread slices and let soak for 1 minute. Turn bread over and let soak for another minute.

Preheat a griddle or frying pan, if not using a non-stick pan, then coat the bottom of the pan with butter. Once the pan is hot add the bread slices and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until done to your likeness and toast is golden brown.

Once toast is done, remove to plate, add a pat of butter, a few berries and some maple syrup. Or just sprinkle with berries and powdered sugar.


I really like this recipe, the toast is crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside. The spices are a nice twist, and they compliment the berries and the maple syrup. You can tell they are in the toast but they do not overpower it. 

This is a delicious end to a long day or a perfect weekend morning breakfast, served with scrambled eggs and bacon. 



Tell me, do you ever eat breakfast for dinner? Do you have a favorite recipe for breakfast?

I hope that you enjoy your day!

P.S: I should note that I do not normally eat this much syrup, it poured out of the pitcher faster than I thought it would.

Linking to:

Rattlebridge Farm
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11 comments:

  1. Looks sooooo good and so pretty on your blue and white. I actually on a fairly regular basis breakfast for dinner, a big bowl of cereal with fruit is not uncommon......filling, healthy and not to heavy. French toast sounds even better though:)

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  2. GOOD MORNING ELIZABETH!!!!!!!!!! I have missed your daily posts so much my dear and what a pretty one to wake up to this morning! My mom used to make pancakes for dinner when we would run out of meat, so I know the scenario of eating breakfast for dinner quite well. I actually enjoy an omelette for dinner once and a while!

    I have been off the computer for days having been in California, but I'm back now. So good to see you! HUGS, Anita

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  3. Yum! Sounds like a fabulous supper to me.

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  4. I love French toast and with berries...yum, this is making me hungry. I eat "breakfast" food for dinner a lot during the winter when alone. Peopple make the mistake of not using day old bread and if you don't it'll make your toast soggy. You've made me hungry!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  5. Oh that looks scrumptious, Elizabeth!! I haven't done breakfast for dinner in a while...maybe, tonight!

    Enjoy your day! xoxo

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  6. French toast is one of my favorites Elizabeth! I make it so many different ways. The addition of the half and half as opposed to skim milk is the way to go and I always enjoy a drizzle of maple syrup. I don't generally have breakfast for dinner but it HAS happened on an occasion or two and it's usually cereal;)

    Enjoy your day!

    xxleslie

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  7. This look so delicious, dear friend...I love French Toast...
    Breakfast for dinner...oh yes! We love a good omelette with some salad...
    Like you, I really do not enjoy a hot kitchen in the summer...so lots of salads these days...

    What a treat to see that you visited me, merci! Our days are filled with this and that, but I am really trying to just enjoy the warm days...trying to keep things schedule-free...

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear Elizabeth!
    Much love,
    - Irina

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  8. Looks delicious, Elizabeth! Enjoy the easy days of summer!

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  9. We love breakfast for dinner occasionally. Usually it is pancakes or waffles... but occasionally eggs, Canadian bacon, grits, and toast. And I do love french toast (mama always called it 'lost bread'). The recipe is similar, but no cloves... and I prefer powdered sugar to syrup. But your pics look delicious!

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  10. Oh my holy cow, I NEED THIS!!! Pinning to try soon!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

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  11. French toast is one of life's pleasures!

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