Category Archives: Breakfast

Overnight Challah French Toast

Hi there!

I had no intention of blogging today. But I made the most amazing breakfast this morning, and I just had to tell you about it. I saved you some. But if you don’t get here in the next two hours, it’s going to become an after-school snack for The Critics.

First of all, let me just say that I don’t like french toast. I have a thing about soggy bread. It’s the same thing that keeps me from eating hot turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving. But for some reason, I am obsessed with french toast recipes. I think I just want so badly to like it. It sounds so yummy. Sometimes I read a recipe, like boozy baked french toast from smitten kitchen, and I get so excited… until I remember that I just don’t like french toast.

I could, of course, take my sister’s suggestion and try the boozy french toast… but hold the french toast!

So I made challah bread the other day, and decided to try this recipe from Tammy. It appealed to me because of the crumb and berry topping. And because french toast recipes appeal to me, in general.

Overnight Challah French Toast

from Tammy’s Recipes

  • 1/2 of a large challah loaf, torn into large chunks (about 12 cups)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used blueberries)

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Place torn bread in a layer (dish should be 3/4 full).
  2. Lightly beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add the milk. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients (except berries) in a bowl and cut together (I use two butter knives) until a coarse crumb mixture forms. Cover and refrigerate until morning.
  4. In the morning, stir the bread mixture in the baking dish and smooth out into one layer again. Sprinkle fruit over the top and the crumb topping over the fruit.
  5. Bake at 375º for about 55-60 minutes, until center is set. No need for syrup (unless you want it)!

The Critics came floating downstairs this morning, with their noses leading the way, like a cartoon. It smelled soooo good! And they loved it:

Sarah Crewe: This is delicious galore!

Batman: This is delicious galore, plus 100 stars!

Curious George: It’s hot, but good.

Elmo: Yes. My bread.

Don Corleone: This is pretty super awesome!

And you know what? I ate some, too. At least the parts that weren’t too soggy. The crusty pieces of bread with the berries and crumb topping were divine!

Challah French Toast

I’m sorry I don’t have any movie pictures today, but, like I said, this was kind of an impromptu post.

I was going to share a picture that my 8-year-old did, titled: “The American Girls versus The Clone Wars.” But my scanner won’t listen to me. Don’t worry, I won’t hurt it. At least not while you’re watching.

So instead here’s a great Steven Wright line:

“I was at this restaurant. The sign said ‘Breakfast Anytime.’ So I ordered French Toast in the Renaissance.”

Yuck, yuck, yuck 😀

Have a great day 😀

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Toads in the Hole

Are you going to watch the Oscars tonight?  I am.  I usually do, even though I get so annoyed with the whole insane production that I think, ‘Why am I watching this?’  all night long. And by ‘long,’ I mean ‘looooooooong.’

I’m rooting for The King’s Speech for Best Picture. And Colin Firth for Best Actor. He just has to win. And I’m not just saying that because I totally think he’s the cat’s pajamas. He was just so remarkably good in that role.

And a good-looking bloke, to boot.

But looks don’t count in that category. At least I don’t think they do.

So in honor of The King’s Speech winning Best Picture, (whoops, I mean hopefully winning Best Picture) I served a British dish for dinner tonight.

Toads in the Hole.

Toads in the Hole is basically sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding. It gets its name from the fact that it resembles little toads sticking their heads out of a hole.

Whatever. I think it just looks like sausages in Yorkshire pudding, but at least it’s fun to tell the kids we’re having toads for dinner.

Toads in the Hole

This recipe is from allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce package breakfast sausage links
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
  2. Brown sausage in a large skillet. Drain, and place in a 9×13-inch baking dish
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs. Add flour, water, and milk and beat all together. Let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture over sausage and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top is brown and crusty. And Bob’s your uncle!

I guess traditionally, this dish is served at dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, but I don’t know, I think that’s bollocks. The way I fancy it is to serve it like breakfast (for dinner) with maple syrup and fruit.

Toads in the Hole

Toads Dinner

Okay, I have to admit. This bloody well isn’t my favorite. I think it’s the Yorkshire pudding. I’m just not a big fan. The kids thought it tasted a lot like pancakes, and I don’t like pancakes, so there you go.

But the sausages dipped in syrup are quite lovely.

The critics said:

Batman: I tasted it, and it is delicious!

Curious George: I think it is 150 stars!

Elmo: Nyuh. (I think that’s good. She ate it, anyway)

Sarah Crewe: With syrup, I give it a lot of stars.

Don Corleone: I like this a whole lot better than The King’s Speech.

Humph.

Enjoy the Oscars. I wish Steve Martin was hosting, but it will be interesting to see how James Franco and Anne Hathaway do. The commercials are cute.

I know I said I get annoyed with it, but the truth is, I do like to watch. It’s fun to see who’s there, and what they’re wearing, and then practice my own acceptance speech when I’m in the bathroom during commercials.

I don’t like those shows, though, where they blast everyone for their attire. It’s just plain mean, and should  only be done in the privacy of my your own living room.

With fun Oscar snacks, which I forgot to  buy. Do Ritz crackers and chocolate Teddy Grahams count as fun Oscar snacks? I guess they do this year.

Well, that’s all folks! Cheerio!