Wednesday Food: Spicing up Breakfast

One of my favorite things from my childhood was getting up Saturday mornings, and making french toast. Such a simple breakfast item, but so tasty. Eggs, a little milk, some bread and REAL maple syrup makes for a yummy breakfast! Don't even get me started on that corn syrup crap!  But there are two things that separates good french toast from really AWESOME french toast:


When I was in culinary school, my friends and I went away for a weekend to Ocean City, Maryland. My job was to make breakfast and we, of course went with french toast. I was just going along making it the way I did when I was a kid. But my fellow culinary students kept telling me to, "spice that toast up!" So, I started adding cinnamon, a pinch of salt, a little OJ and a bit of whatever booze we had laying around. It opened my eyes to how awesome french toast could be! The more I experimented, the more I found that liquor was what made it so great, and the salt rounded out the flavor. I think many don't think to add salt, but trust me, it won't taste like much without it!

The recipe I'm sharing today is going to be very simple. Then I'm going to give you different flavors combos to add excitement!

Simple French Toast - makes 12 pieces
butter, as needed
4 eggs
1/4c. milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
12 slices of bread (I've always used simple whole wheat sandwich bread, but you can use challah, cinnamon raisin bread, etc.)

1) Whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon and salt together.

2) Heat your pan to medium high heat and add some butter to the pan.

3) Dip both sides of the bread in the egg mixture and place in the pan. Your pan should be hot enough that your hear a sizzle. If not, the bread is just going to soak in the butter and taste greasy.

4)Let the bread cook till nice and brown (a couple of minutes or so), and then flip to cook the other side. You may need to adjust your heat so the pan doesn't keep getting so hot. You want to maintain a nice medium heat.

There you have simple & tasty french toast! I made this batch at our friend Amber's house. She is in the process of moving, so she didn't have much booze hanging around. Below are some suggestions for spicing up your breakfast. And when you add the booze, I suggest just a splash. You don't want to have everybody smashed at breakfast!

- Orange Juice, Amaretto and Cinnamon
- Myers Dark Rum or Brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice (this is kind of an eggnog version)
- Bourbon, raisins and toasted walnuts
- Framboise with fresh peaches
- Vodka and lemon zest
- Other liquors you can use: Whiskey, Cognac, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Peach Schnapps

Now, go forth and make some spectacular french toast! Have fun!!

Remember when the kitchen gets too hot, get back in the there and keep cooking!


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