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Baked French Toast

It was an ongoing joke when I was a kid: “Dad, what’s for breakfast?”  “Your favorite, French toast!” With a roll of the eyes, I’d reply: “C’mon, Dad. What’s really for breakfast?”

He knew how much I hated the half-soggy, half-crispy toast. On top of that, the dish was served with syrup, which I cannot seem to palate.

But, as I grew older, I began experimenting with different ways to cook and top French toast, and I found that baking it was a way to eliminate the soupiness that tends to accompany pan-toasted French toast. With some fresh whipped cream and strawberries, French toast has become one of my favorite weekend treats.

Baked French Toast

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon 

Half of a day old French loaf, cut into 1 inch slices

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Stir together cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Soak bread slices, about 10 seconds per side, or until bread is soaked through.

Spray 13×9 inch pan with non-stick spray. Arrange soaked bread in one layer.

Bake 350* for 10 minutes. Flip toast with spatula, and cook another 15 minutes. (Total cook time: 25 minutes)

Broil for 2 minutes to add extra crisp.

Dust with powdered sugar. Top with whipped cream and fresh strawberries or syrup.

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Gran’s Pound Cake

Gran’s Pound Cake has warmed tongues for generations. The recipe has stayed true to it’s rich flavors and classic ingredients.

Gran’s Pound Cake

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3 cups sugar

5 eggs, room temperature

1 cup buttermilk

4 cups of flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon water

2 Tablespoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

 

Beat the softened butter until fluffy and light. Gradually add the sugar 1 cup at a time.

Add eggs one at the time.

Mix in water, salt, buttermilk, vanilla and baking soda.

Add flour gradually, and mix until fluffy

Pour into a buttered and floured bundt pan.

Bake at 350* for about an hour, or until brown. Or try the Toothpick Test!

To remove: Cover with plate and flip. Cake should slide right out, if not, give it a few taps or shakes.

Beautiful curves from the bundt are a “pretty” look, but I prefer to show off the crunchy, colored top.

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