A Toasty Mother’s Day Breakfast
The best French toast is made from the densest bread. Not only is it easy for kids to prepare, but with all the egg cracking, pouring and stirring, it’s fun! And it’s also fairly easy clean up.
The choice of breads will make a difference between good French toast and incredible French toast, and the soaking time should also be noted. Challah is my favorite, then brioche or cinnamon raisin bread. Also, make sure you always serve your French toast with real maple syrup. Stuffing with succulent preserves is always optional!
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- Dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter or oil, for pan
- 8 slices dense bread
- 3 tbsp. good quality fresh blueberry jam ( warmed slightly in microwave or room temp)
- 3 tbsp. sifted powdered sugar (for dusting garnish)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries tossed in 1 teaspoon sugar, (also for garnish)
- 1/8 cup your favorite Granola for garnish.
- Real maple syrup
Break the eggs, one by one, into a cup. (This will make it easy to take out bits of shell if they get into the cup.)
Pour the eggs in a pie plate, then add a dash of salt, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Scramble with a whisk or fork.
Cut bread into one-inch slices. Slit to top of each slice to make a pocket. Slip a few spoonfuls of Blueberry jam in this pocket and squeeze shut.
Lay slices to soak the bread in the egg mixture, turning once. They should be saturated but not falling apart.
Heat the butter in a frying pan over low heat, being careful not to burn. Brown the bread in the skillet, turning once, about two to three minutes on each side until brown.
Top with fruit, granola and maple syrup. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Chef Gigi Gaggero is the owner of Kids Culinary Adventures in Belmont. kidsculinaryadventures.com.