Happy Hallmark Holiday…day! Ah, it’s that time of year again when people run out and waste money on chocolates and cards and flowers to show how much they love their significant other.
REB and I don’t really do the whole “Valentines Day” thing. But, one of the ways I show him how much I love him is to cook for him. And today was no different.
I made French Toast for brunch. But instead of using boring old Texas toast or thinly sliced bread, I used Challah (holla!!). It is beautiful bread and incredibly heavy on the stomach, so you don’t need a lot to get full!
What you’ll need:
•1 loaf Challah bread (can be found at any grocery story bakery or specialty bakery…or make it yourself if you’re bold!)
•3 eggs, beaten
•1/2 cup Skim milk
•1/2 teaspoon “really good” vanilla extract (as Ina would say)
•1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
•1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (the thing that makes them go “hmm…what IS that?” as goat woman would say)
•1/2 tablespoon honey
First I made the whipped cream.
Have I mentioned how much I love my KitchenAid Mixer? …Because I do. A lot.
Next, I prepared some strawberries to top REB’s toast. I didn’t use them all, because I’m using the rest for chocolate covered strawberries for later (^_^) Have I also mentioned how much I love REB? Ugh. I’m full of love and smiles today.
Beautiful. Luscious. I love strawberries. I thinly sliced 2-3 strawberries and added a sprinkle of granulated sugar so they’d macerate a little.
Onto the challah. Holla!! (Let me know when you’re sick of that, by the way. …not that I’ll stop). Isn’t it pretty and golden? Mmm!
Cut the Challah into about 1/2-to-1-inch thick slices. If you buy the bread a day in advance, it’ll be a little more hard than the day you buy it. I prefer it this way because the bread is SUPER moist…and can make for mushy French Toast. Blech!
The French toast batter is just the beaten eggs, milk, cinnamon, honey, nutmeg and vanilla. Stir well and then add two pieces to it like so. Let them soak for a few minutes, then turn them so the other side can soak.
While they soak it up in the pool, add about one tablespoon of butter to a skillet or deep frying pan. Let the pan get nice and hot before you add the toast pieces
I was going to cut each of the bread pieces into heart shapes to be super romagical in light of V-Day, but it was a little too hard for me to do since the bread isn’t as wide. I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t want to waste a whole piece of bread by cutting out little heart shapes and leaving the rest.
Goooolden and delicious!
Now that’s what I call French Toast! Have I mentioned I’m amazing? Just putting it out there now…
Ta-da! Love love love. Can you feel it?
I did add the macerated strawberries…and then it got kind of messy since the cream was melting! Oh well.
This was mine. I like it a bit more simple. I do kind of regret not putting strawberries on it though…next time!
Clearly REB was upset that he didn’t get heart shapes, huh? Glad he liked it.
Next up: Chocolate covered strawberries!