July 2018

French toast casserole

French toast casserole

Ingredients

Directions

I put the cinnamon mixture in with the egg . It tasted great thank you for sharing.

I used this recipe as a springboard for a yummy breakfast casserole. I had a bag of assorted bread crust (whole wheat, sour dough, white and even a couple of sweet potato biscuits) after making finger sandwiches for a tea party. I filled a 9”-square baking dish with torn bread pieces and 3/4 cup raisons. I mixed 3 jumbo eggs, 1.5 cups milk, the salt and vanilla. I used brown sugar instead of white and added a small can of crushed pineapple, undrained. Served with buttermilk sryup. Very yummy! This recipe has the potential for many variations: add blueberries, dried fruit, pecans, toasted pinon nuts, etc. Could be bread pudding served with caramel sauce.

I used a different bread. I had a bag of mini lobster buns. If it was a pound or not, i didn’t weigh it out to see. I made the egg mixture as directed but lookin back I would probably use 2.5 cups of milk instead of three. While I liked the custard feel, my family was a little indifferent. I would have added a little more vanilla extract or kept the vanilla as is and added the same amount of almond. I think those compliment each other nicely. I diced up 2 tablespoons of butter and will probably use 3 next time. I did about 2.5 tablespoons of sugar and mixed it with about 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. It gave the top a nice crunch and aroma. I may even use cinnamon and nutmeg in the egg mixture next time to really tie the flavors together. Was lacking flavor in the end, even though

This recipe was simple to assemble. Not as good as I was hoping, although it was fine. Some parts seemed soggy, which I guess I could have baked it longer. I think an addition of fruit would have made it better.

The only part that was good was the top browned part. The bottom was way too gooey. I think the cubed bread does not work as well as sliced.

I followed reviews and decreased eggs and milk ratio. I also uncovered at the end and added additional cinnamon and nutmeg. Turned out great! It was a very easy recipe and was great for christmas day!

This recipe has all kinds of wrong in it. If you don’t like crusty then don’t use French bread. Recipe has way too much milk in it for egg ratio. Also it is very bland, What a waste of my time and money. Regular French toast is much better.

My whole family loved this. Much easier to make than the recipe I’ve used for years. I love the fact it’s assembled the night before. Makes for an easy, weekend breakfast.

I loved this! I followed the recipe almost to a T. I used Challah rolls instead of French bread because that’s what I had on hand. I used whole milk, and left out the salt. I topped with 3 tablespoons of butter, ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar & pecans. I baked it uncovered and it came out absolutely wonderful! Served with warmed maple syrup. We own a coffee shop here in Texas and it is now one of our favorite brunch items on our menu.

Flavor of French toast was there but it was TOO eggy and soggy. I will try again with 1/4 to 1/3 less of the liquid mixture. I followed the recipe exactly only baked 50 min hoping it would firm up more.

French toast

French toast

Learn how to make classic French toast, also known as eggy bread, then try our sweet and savoury recipe variations for a heavenly breakfast or brunch.

Weekend mornings were made for French Toast – the best thing since sliced bread! What better way to start the day after a lie-in. You may also know it as eggy bread, pain perdu, or the ‘poor knights of Windsor’. In essence, it’s bread, often slightly stale, soaked in a mixture of milk and eggs then fried before being topped with something sweet. A glug of maple syrup is always popular and for the classic American breakfast, a bit savoury is thrown in, too – usually bacon.

For the ultimate breakfast or brunch spread, you may also want to learn how to make American pancakes as well as traditional English crumpets.

French toast recipe

Serves 2

  1. In a wide dish, whisk the egg, vanilla and milk or cinnamon together. Coat one side of the bread slices in the liquid, then carefully flip them over and leave them to soak for 1-2 mins. If the bread isn’t very fresh you can leave for a few mins more. You want the eggy milk mixture to be absorbed into the bread but not so much that it falls apart.
  2. Melt 1 tbsp of the butter in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and add two slices of the soaked bread. Cook for 5 mins or until golden, then turn to cook the other side for another 5 mins. Transfer to a cook and plate the other two slices in the rest of the butter.
  3. Cut the bread on the diagonal and divide between 2 plates, then add your toppings. A drizzle of honey or maple syrup works really well, or a sprinkling of cinnamon mixed with sugar. If you like, add some jam, fruit compote or a few slices of fresh fruit or berries. You can even turn it into dessert with the addition of crme fraiche or ice cream.

French toast toppings

Ricotta & strawberry French toast

Make this recipe using the classic French toast method, then heap sliced strawberries, ricotta and honey over the top. Strawberries are available all year round in supermarkets these days, so you can have a taste of summer whenever you feel like it. So, simple to make and yet, it looks like a restaurant dish.

Crunchy almond panettone French toast

Panettone isn’t just for Christmas anymore, but this panettone perdu makes fantastic use of it if you do have leftovers during the holiday season. The combination of brioche-like bread, rich dried fruit, cinnamon and fresh clementines will make you feel festive. Greek yogurt cuts through the richness.

Challah grapefruit French toast

Another traditional bread similar to brioche is Jewish challah and if you leave it for a day or two, it has the perfect texture for a fluffy French toast. In our recipe, the sharp bitterness from the grapefruit segments cuts through the sweet, buttery richness of the toasted challah. Try using bagels or thickly cut brioche if you can’t find it in shops.

French toast bacon butties

Americans love to mix up sweet and savoury when it comes to breakfast and the combination really does work very nicely. With this recipe, the British bacon sarnie meets French toast. Or think of it as another twist on bacon and eggs. Make sure you bring out those flavours with a sprinkle of sugar, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

Torrijas with sherry

Raid the drinks cabinet to make this Spanish version of French toast laced with sherry. You would be less likely to have this for breakfast, instead try it as a dessert for a casual dinner with friends. Serve with fruit and ice cream alongside! Alternatively, leave out the sherry and top with yogurt and honey for a less intoxicating start to the day!

What’s your favourite way to enjoy French toast? Leave a comment below.

French onion soup recipe

French onion soup

Is there anything more comforting on a chilly day than a hot bowl of French onion soup? Especially with a thick slice of toasted bread loaded with melty Gruyere lots and cheese of caramelized onions.

There are two essential components of a good French onion soup.

The first is the stock. Your soup will only be as good as the stock you are using. This soup traditionally is made with beef stock, though sometimes a good beef stock can be hard to come by and expensive to make.

If you use boxed stock, taste it first! If you don’t like the taste, don’t use it. (If you cook a lot of beef or beef roasts, save the scraps and freeze them to make a stock with later.)

The second most important element is to properly caramelize the onions. Caramelizing the amount of onions needed in this recipe will take at least 40 minutes. Caramelizing is a chemical process that occurs when the sugars in the onions reach a certain temperature.

This only happens after a long cooking time (the addition of a little extra sugar will help). The more caramelized, the deeper the color of the onions and the more flavor you’ll get from them.

How to make French Onion Soup (v >

French Onion Soup Recipe

Much of the success of this soup depends on the stock that you are using, and stock varies tremendously in its taste. Depending on your stock, you may need to bump up the flavor with some beef bouillon (we recommend “Better than Bouillon brand”).

Taste the soup before putting it in the oven, and if it needs more seasoning, don’t be afraid to add more!

1 Caramelize the onions: In a 5 to 6 quart thick-bottomed pot, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and toss to coat with the olive oil.

Cook the onions, stirring often, until they have softened, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium high. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the cook and butter, stirring often, until the onions start to brown, about 15 more minutes.

Then sprinkle with sugar (to help with the caramelization) and 1 teaspoon of salt and continue to cook until the onions are well browned, about 10 to 15 more minutes.

Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more.

2 Deglaze the pot with vermouth: Add the vermouth to the scrape and pot up the browned bits on the bottom and sides of the pot, deglazing the pot as you go.

3 Add stock and seasonings: Add the stock, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and lower the heat to maintain a low simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes.

Season to taste with more salt and add freshly ground black pepper. Discard the bay leaves. If using, add brandy.

4 Toast French bread slices: While the soup is simmering, line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil and preheat the oven to 450°F with a rack in the upper third of the oven.

Brush both sides of the French bread or baguette slices lightly with olive oil (you’ll end up using about a tablespoon and a half of olive oil for this).

Put in the toast and oven until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven.

Turn the toasts over and sprinkle with the grated Gruyere cheese and Parmesan. Return to oven when it’s close to serving time and bake until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

5 Serve: To serve, ladle soup into a bowl and transfer one cheesy toast onto the top of each bowl of soup.

Alternatively, you can use individual oven-proof bowls or one large casserole dish. Ladle the soup into the bowls or casserole dish. Cover with the toast and sprinkle with cheese. Put into the broiler for 10 minutes at 350° F, or until the cheese bubbles and is slightly browned.

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Eggplant parmesan recipe

Eggplant parmesan

Eggplant parmesan is one of those great Italian comfort foods—a layered casserole much like lasagna but with slices of globe eggplant taking the place of pasta. Not only do eggplants hold onto moisture, they also absorb oil like a sponge,. That is

The two things to keep in mind when cooking eggplant, especially firm globe eggplants. So, if you’re not careful you can end up with something oily and mushy.

In this recipe, to tackle the first challenge we lightly salt the raw eggplant slices and let them sit out for a while. The salt helps draw moisture out of the eggplant.

To deal with the oil absorption issue, instead of frying the breaded eggplant slices, we bake them in the oven, before assembling the casserole to be baked again.

The result? Wonderful! Cheesy, tomato-y eggplant parmesan that doesn’t weigh you down with too much water or oil.

Inspired by a recipe in the New York Times by chef Gabrielle Hamilton, recounting a recipe from her Italian ex-mother-in-law.

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

First cut the eggplant and salt the eggplant rounds. Then prep the rest of the ingredients while the eggplant rounds are releasing their moisture.

1 salt and Slice eggplant, let drain: Slice the eggplants into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick rounds. Lay the eggplant slices out on a rack over a rimmed sheet pan (or on several layers of paper towels).

Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant rounds lightly with salt. Let the eggplant rounds sit and release moisture for 2 hours.

2 Saut garlic, add tomatoes, simmer, add salt, pepper, basil: Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and gently cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Add the tomatoes and their juices, breaking up the tomatoes as you add them to the pot. Increase heat to bring to a simmer, lower heat to maintain a very low simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the minced basil and remove from heat.

3 Make breadcrumb Parmesan mixture, set up bowls for dredging with flour, egg, breadcrumbs: Combine 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and place in a shallow bowl or rimmed dish.

Set up your station so that you have flour in one shallow bowl, beaten eggs in another bowl, and the breadcrumb cheese mixture in another, in that order.

4 Dredge eggplant rounds in flour, breadcrumbs and egg top with olive oil: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread a tablespoon of olive oil each over the bottom of two rimmed baking sheet pans. Pat dry the eggplant slices with paper towels.

Working one at a time dredge the eggplant slices first in the flour, then dip in the beaten eggs, and then dredge in the breadcrumb parmesan cheese mixture.

Place on oiled sheet pan. Drizzle a little oil over the top of each breaded eggplant round.

5 Bake eggplant rounds: Place breaded prepared eggplant slices in the oven. Cook for 18 to 20 minutes at 425°F, turning the slices over at the half-way point, until they are nicely browned. Remove from oven, and let cool to touch.

6 Layer sauce, eggplant rounds, cheeses in casserole dish: Spread 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Place a third of the eggplant rounds in a single layer covering the sauce on the bottom of the pan.

Layer half of the sliced mozzarella on top of the eggplant rounds. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Place another third of the eggplant rounds over the cheese. Spread 1 cup of the sauce over the eggplant rounds. Layer the rest of the sliced mozzarella over the sauce. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of grated Parm.

Add the remaining eggplant in a single layer on top of the cheese. Top with the remaining sauce and the remaining Parmesan.

7 Bake: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 35 minutes. Before cutting into to serve, remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

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