sunday treats

because i’m going to have to get super serious about dieting soon if i’m going to a) not totally piss off my doctor when i go for my yearly visit in just a short time, and b) not look like a whale when i make an appearance in my sister in law’s wedding. so i’m getting my ya ya’s out today, starting with a lovely little bit of french toast from Bon Appetit’s June issue. the brown sugar/butter mixture melted onto the pan first really gives the toast a crisp, buttery texture. and the fact that i have actively worked on my former french toast failures to turn them into french toast successes is also reason enough to enjoy this.

Caramelized French Toast with Cinnamon and Berries
recipe from Bon Appetit

You Need:

7 Tablespoons butter (softened)
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3 large eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
8 1-inch thick slices french bread
fresh blueberries
maple syrup

mix the butter and brown sugar together. set aside. in another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. melt 2 Tablespoons brown sugar-butter mixture in either 2 large nonstick skillets or on a griddle (i used my griddle). dip your bread one at a time in the egg mixture. place in your skillet or on your griddle and cook until the bottoms are browned. move them aside and melt some more of your butter on the griddle (or skillets). turn the toasts over and cook until the other side is browned. serve with the berries scattered on top, with maple syrup drizzled over all. the magazine shakes powdered sugar on theirs but i don’t like powdered sugar on already sweet toast. i think, however, that i’m going to start adding nutmeg to my regular french toast batter. i rather enjoy the flavor…

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