Monday, December 13, 2010

Very French French toast

Today I have both my childrens' Christmas recitals/parties pretty much at the same time, which means F and I will spend most of the afternoon running back and forth from the venues like the characters in a sitcom (luckily they are in adjacent buildings). This after I spent the past two weeks hunting down light blue tights for my daughter's recital. All I can say is that the most I got was a smirk from the sales girls and the statement that baby blue was last winter's collection. ???


Daaaahling (as one of you would say), you are soooo last season!

Finally, I tracked them down in the city of Genoa of all places, and surely enough I was told they were left over from last year's stock. Only to find out yesterday that my daughter will be wearing them ON HER HEAD! Don't ask, all I know is that she will be one of Santa's little helpers because I have heard her sing it over and over and over again for the same past two weeks. My little boy is still too small to dress up or sing, so I think he will just be stuffing his face with food and some of the Christmas decorations.

Aaaanyway. Remember my French friend Sally Lunn? If any of you decided to bake her recipe, please promise me you will set aside a few slices to make French toast with. It is out of this world! Luckily we only had two slices left each or I would have just kept on eating and eating, and I am usually totally a pancake person.

Ingredients (from the Joy of Cooking)
8 slices of Sally Lunn or other sweet bread (like challah or brioche)
4 eggs
3/4 cup of half and half (or cream and milk or just milk)
2 tbsp maple syrup or sugar (I used syrup)
1/4 tsp salt
butter as needed

Whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt and maple syrup. Heat a pan on medium heat with a little butter. Dip in the pieces of bread. I let them soak in the mixture for a little because the slices of Sally Lunn were pretty thick and a little dry. Shake off the excess egg and fry on both sides until golden brown. Serve with a little butter and a lot of maple syrup. I didn't add any confectioner's sugar because they were sweet enough (although I am sure it would have made for a fancy picture).



  1. Sometimes I feel like wearing tights on my head too, over it that is!

    I love making French Toast out of delicious breads!

    This look great! YUMMMM!

  2. That is funny with the tights. Wouldn't happen in Colorado. Nobody knows what is in fashion or not.
    French toast with challah or Brioche is the best. I totally agree.
    Hope the recital went well.

  3. That looks so delectably good! And one of my friends told me all about the Sally Lunn bread so thankyou so much for the recipe! :D

  4. I wonder what this would be like with panettone?! Thanks for sharing such a simple yet decadent recipe :)

  5. DD&W - I bet you you feel like wearing those tights right now as you are working on your daughter's xmas party?
    MyKintheR - yeah, I guess that is a problem totally restricted to Milan, Italy ;o)
    Lorraine - I had never heard of Sally Lunn before, but I certainly will be making it again...if anything for the French toast!
    Ladybird - I am not a panettone lover, but it sounds like a fabulous idea, especially here where people always have tons of leftover panettone after Xmas.

  6. Just calling by to thankyou for leaving a comment on 'News From Italy' it is good to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your blog in 20111.
    I hope the Christmas recitals were a success, especially the wearing of the blue tights on your daughters head :)

  7. oh wow..your post is killing me:) i am so craving for some right now. thanks for sharing this.

  8. These French toast look like they belong in a Xmas holiday breakfast celebration; can't imagine anything more luscious!

  9. LindyLouMac - Welcome! Thanks for dropping by. I also look forward to reading more about your Italian adventures.
    Blackbookkitchendiaries - funny how something so simple can get our tastebuds working...especially because I haven't had breakfast yet.
    Taste of Beirut - luscious and full of calories! But delicious

  10. Another great recipe. You make me so hungry. I'm making French Toast for dinner tonight!

  11. Kelly - Listen who's talking!


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