Here another Easter brunch recipe for you to try. It’s from my Cooking Club of America magazine.
Vanilla-Sented Baked French Toast:
1/2 lb. white french bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices, day old works best
1/3 cup sugar or vanilla sugar***
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup half-half
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. butter, cut up
powdered sugar for sprinkling
Arrange bread, in single layer if possible, in a large nonreactive baking dish or on rimmed baking sheet. Whisk the eggs, sugar, and salt in a large bowl until blended and smooth. Whisk in cream, half/half, and 2 tbsp. vanilla until combined. Pour over bread, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate 8-12 hours, gently turning bread occasionally. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange butter on another large rimmed baking sheet. Heat in oven 1-2 minutes or until butter is melted; spread evenly over pan. Carefully remove bread from egg mixture, allowing some excess to drip off; arrange on hot butter-coated baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Turn; bake an additional 5 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Cut in half, if desired, and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. To make vanilla sugar place about 5 split fresh vanilla beans in a large ziplock bag filled with sugar. It will take a couple of weeks for the vanilla flavor to come through.. It’s great in tea, sprinkled over cookies or oatmeal..
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1-1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
Combine both ingredient’s in a heavy saucepan and bring to a simmer. Serve over french toast.
It’s been a quiet week for us, I have just been swimming and Ray is keeping busy with work. Oh I did get the cake delivered to the mentally challenged adult, but not on Wednesday on Thursday instead. I was very sick Wednesday, I didn’t even go swimming Wednesday. I spent all day at home in bed asleep. I called the lady that helps run the place and they were more than happy that I was bringing the cake on Thursday. They understood that I wasn’t feeling well. It’s nothing anyone can catch, it’s just the Sarcoid stuff. I saw the other specialist on Friday and they are starting me on a different medication, I’ll still have to take steroids for a while, and they will reduce them down as the other medication takes effect. I sure hope this new medication will help me, and I can go off the steroids.. I feel better today than I have for a while. I was late for swimming class, so I only got in about 30 minutes. I went to the lap lanes and kinda swam 4 laps. I don’t have enough muscle tone yet to do full laps. I have to hang on to the side if the pool with one hand to help me along. I found out that I can still do the dead mans float, it felt good!!
Well goodnight my friends, swimming cleaning the fridge and cooking clam chowder has made me really sleepy. I know that doesn’t sounds like much to some of you, but to someone like me who is ill, it’s a lot!!