A Word from the Domestic Goddess

Hey, old friend
What d'ya say, old friend?
Are you okay, old friend?
Are we, are we unique?

Time goes by
Everything else keeps changing
You and I, we can
Continue next week, yeah

Most friends fade
Or they don't make the grade
New ones are quickly made
And in a pinch, sure, they'll do

But us, old friend
What's to discuss, old friend?
Here's to us, who's like us?
Damn few

Spent the day yesterday with some wonderful old friends. Friends who went through the jolts and fluidity of youth together. Friends who, for whatever reason, drifted apart when life simply happened.

And friends who have reconnected with lasting results, I do believe.

My girlfriend K, after a hug and a moment spent catching up, immediately asked me for my “amazing French toast recipe.” I had to think for a minute, as I cannot remember the last time I even had French toast, much less made it.

And then it came to me.

Many moons ago, when I was young and fancy free, I had what was in fact, an amazing baked/do ahead French toast recipe that I would make for showers and parties and brunches. Can’t believe that she remembered it – her little boy loves French toast and she wants to make it for him.

Can’t think of a better reason to hunt it down and share. With her and y'all.

So here it is…

Baked Cinnamon French Toast

Half a loaf of French toast, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup half & half
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
½ stick butter, softened
½ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup pecans, finely chopped
1 tbsp light corn syrup

Night before:
Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Arrange bread slices, overlapping, in single layer to fill bottom of dish. In medium bowl, beat eggs, then add milk, half & half, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg; mix well. Pour over bread slices. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

Next morning:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, nuts and corn syrup. Spread over bread. Bake 40 minutes. Serve warm, topped with maple syrup.

Serve for old friends. New friends. Or anyone in between.


TopSurf said...

That post speaks volumes. How great is it that an old friend upon seeing you after many moons, asks you immediately for a recipe that you were known for. One word Comfort. How much comfort you must have been/given to your friend. Why am I not one bit surprised. Oh and that recipe sounds sooo good, I'm going to have to file it away for a time when I can allow myself to cheat a little. Yummy!

Anonymous said...

This recipe looks excellent, I have a recipe that has a mapley-caramely concoction that goes in the bottom of the dish before you put the bread in... utterly decadent. This looks like a slightly less caloric version - I am putting this in my breakfast arsenal!! MWAH, thanks for sharing!

Miss Attitude said...

Yum, that sounds delish. I might have to make that for my annual Gasparilla brunch;)

perpstu said...

Yum! I have a similar recipe, I will have to make yours and compare....hey, any excuse for french toast!