Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Sunday Morning

As I have mentioned, we love breakfast, especially on weekend mornings.  Sometimes we go out for breakfast especially if we attach a hike to it or a trip to the farmer's market.  We like Foolish Craig's Cafe in Boulder and The Egg and I near our house.

We stayed in today and made French toast with whipped cream and golden raspberries.  Yesterday we worked hard at Berry Patch Farms so the berries were delightfully fresh. We came home with 16 pts of raspberries although I'm sure we picked more than that (the missing ones just got eaten before they made it home.)  Berry Patch Farms is USDA organic certified and was a great way to spend a relaxing morning. I think I could have picked berries all day it was so nice out.

I love French toast and I know I'm bragging but I especially love it on the Honey Oatmeal bread we bake.  Addy helps me prepare it make mixing, grating the nutmeg and dipping the bread.  Here she is working on grating the nutmeg. It is really challenging for her but she is getting more dexterous. She wants to do it and is very persistent even though the nutmeg is very hard for her to hold. I make it a little bit easier by propping the grater up in a little skid resistant bowl.  Then we can just dump the grated nutmeg from the bowl into the batter. The grater is sharp but I've reminded her enough times now that she says it before I do.

She is anxious to crack eggs by herself.  However she doesn't have the control yet so she puts her hand over mine and helps that way. I figure that reinforces the amount of force she will need to crack an egg without splattering it all over the place.

One of the tricks I have learned about French Toast is that you need to cook it at a temperature that is low enough that it cooks slowly enough to dry out but high enough to get a nice brown on it.  Today my pan was a little too hot and the outside was done before the inside had really firmed up---still delicious though.

I'm sure just about everyone has their own rendition of French toast.  This is how we've always made it at our house.  I don't usually measure but I tried to estimate amounts as I made it this morning.  This makes enough for 7-8 slices of bread.  I like it cold for a quick snack if there is any leftover, or it heats up fine too.

French Toast
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 TBL sugar or honey
2 tsp vanilla
dash salt
lots of fresh grated nutmeg

Mix all ingredients.  Dip bread and then cook until gently brown on both sides.  Serve with syrup or fresh fruit and whipped cream.

I have to mention that our whipping cream comes from Longmont Dairy Farm.  It is delivered with our milk each Sunday night.  It is so delicious and fresh.

Since my last two posts have been about breakfast, it is obviously on my mind.  I'd love to know what you think about breakfast.  What are your morning breakfast traditions? Do you like to go out for a big breakfast or make one at home?  Where do you like to go?


  1. I made this on Sunday too! And on your delicious homemade honey oatmeal bread even! I had some left in the freezer that you had sent me awhile back. It was delicious!

  2. Marie-I'm glad you enjoyed the bread! Isn't French toast the best!?

  3. Mmmm, I haven't made French Toast in a while. Your waffles sound yummy too! Do you know if you need to modify them to make pancake batter instead? We always use Bisquick, but your recipe looks so easy and much more healthy! My husband got some real maple syrup from a co-worker who has a friend who makes it, so we had pancakes, eggs, and turkey bacon this weekend. The kids loved it!

  4. GG likes to eat a big breakfast. Today she had cereal, and then she asked for two eggs. She ate those with toast. She drank milk and juice and hot tea. Then she said, "What's for breakfast?" I told her we'd come read about what Julia fixes for breakfast.
    I started out with a big bowl of strawberries, bananas and apples. Then I had a bowl of cereal. I'm stuffed!

  5. Cari-That real maple syrup sounds great! That's neat that it is homegrown. I usually use a different recipe for pancakes, all the same ingredients but different ratios. Maybe I'll get it posted soon too.