In theory, I knew that a casserole version of French toast was possible, but I’d never tried it. With a can of pumpkin puree hanging about my cabinet, I stumbled upon a recipe that claimed to be both easy and pumpkin pie-flavored. I decided to give it a go.
Update: The original title of this post used the word “shiksa,” which is inappropriate for me to use as a non-Jew. It was an arrogant and insensitive choice, and I’m sorry for the mistake and any harm it’s caused our readers. I changed the title, and I will do better in the future.
I decided to make my first challah when I saw a French toast recipe that called for it on PBS’s America’s Test Kitchen and couldn’t find it at any of my local bakeries or grocery stores. I’m so glad I did, because this bread is the best I’ve ever made, if not the best bread I’ve ever eaten. I’ve made it several times, and it’s my number one choice for hearty sandwiches, grilled cheese and, of course, French toast. Challah relies on both egg and a large amount of white sugar to keep the yeast organisms satisfied and happy before they explode into deliciousness. These creates softer, more tender gluten chains, which in turn makes the final bread softer and fluffier than traditional white breads, especially from a bread maker. Read More The Gentile’s Guide to Challah and Subsequent French Toast *UPDATED*
Sugar shack season is upon us! And what a wonderful excuse to share an incredibly simple Sugar Shack French Toast recipe. For those unfamiliar, a sugar shack is where the magic happens when it comes to maple syrup making. Read More Who Invited the Vegan?: Sugar Shack Vegan French Toast
One of my favorite things to do is throw a brunch. The first place I lived after my parents’ was a house with four other girls, two of whom loved to cook and entertain, so group meals and brunches became a regular occurrence. The participants would change over the years (hazard of living in a college town), but getting some friends together for breakfast and mimosas at the weekend remains one of my small pleasures. Many people are freaked out by the idea of hosting a brunch, thinking it too big or too complicated or requiring too much effort, but once you stop trying to be Ina Garten and just be yourself, you’ll love throwing brunches, too. Read More Easy Sunday Brunch (and French Toast Strata Recipe)
I’m totally going to get a reputation for being a terrible baker. I posted a few months back about my tres leche cake gone wrong, now I’ve gone and made some terribly ugly bread. We’re going to learn what went wrong together, readers. Learn from my atomic pumpkin loaf of shame. Read More Fail Bread