For those of us who have weathered the hurricane last night – I hope you are all dry and safe! -Short of having my front yard meet up with the lake, power is still on and all is well BH.
So what to do today stuck in the house? Well cook of course! Starting out with a great French Toast IRENE Breakfast using the left over challah from Shabbos. How many morning do we get to just be together around the table having a decadent leisurely breakfast? (for me – it’s officially PJ day in the house )
Love this recipe and for those who don’t have half and half – milk or cream will do as a substitute. The idea of baking the french toast in the oven for a few minutes after pan frying is something I learned from my friend Dalhia C. in Miami – who shocked me the first time I saw her do this. After tasting her french toast – I adapted the technique ASAP.
If your power is out – I hope you have gas and can cook this on your stove top -still yum idea for this Sunday morn!
Surviving Irene with some FUN & FOOD!
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old challah bread
- 4 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.
Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then set aside and allow it to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.
You can serve it to eat at this point or you can try this extra technique below that makes the french toast a little crispy and delicious
For better French Toast – try this Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.
My personal favorite is serving french toast with some Bananas that I have sliced and added a little maple syrup -and heated in the microwave for 30 seconds.