Forbidden and Illegal Acts with French Toast

It was a forbidden love. It started innocently enough. A young ECM saw and more importantly smelled a cute little piece of toast walking around the playground. He was lightly tanned and smelled of cinnamon. ECM couldn't help but be smitten by his cute little buns and his cinnaminny goodness. F.T. was so different from all the other breakfasts, with his swirly belly and toasty attitude. He was dangerous, an outsider, a rebel. All the other kids laughed and teased ECM.

Krysta and F.T. sitting in a tree
First comes love
Then comes marriage
Then comes the baby in the baby carriage!

If you love it so much why don't you marry it...

This is only a few taunts that ECM had to hear but it only made her stronger. 'I'll show them.' she thought, 'I love him. Just wait and see. One day, I'm going to marry him!'

So she found a friend that was willing and tolerant of French Toast-People marriage and asked him if he was willing to marry them. The friend said, 'Sure, I'll meet you at the playground after school.' ECM got dressed in her chef whites and then grabbed F.T. to go get married. After a quickie ceremony, ECM and F.T. went behind the portables to play doctor... and nine months later...

French Toast Casserole: (heavily adapted from A Yankee In A Southern Kitchen)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 loaf of cinnamon swirl bread, cut into cubes (you can keep it in slices but young ECM is a rebel)
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup of heavy cream
juice of one orange
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
zest of one orange
pinch of salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans (I didn't have any but if I did I would add it)
confectioners’ sugar for accompaniment
pure maple syrup

Combine the melted butter and sugar in the bottom of a baking dish. Make a nice even layer of the mixture to cover the entire area. Place bread cubes on top and mush them into place. Whisk the eggs, add all the remaining ingredients except the pecans. Pour over the bread, letting it soak in. Sprinkle with a little bit more cinnamon, nutmeg, orange rind and ginger, if you want. Top with pecans and cover with plastic wrap. Keep refrigerated for at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours. Set out at room temperature for 20 minutes before placing into a hot oven set to 350 degrees. Bake until lightly browned and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove and slightly cool. Serve warm maple syrup.

Tasting Notes: Can I say an orgasm for your mouth or is that a little too much? I told you it was a forbidden love...

admin notes... i never did the throw up at the movie theatre that was a line from the goonies, i did some bad stuff but never that! also the first projects from 5x5 are up. take a look at what our lives look like at 5 o'clock.

and did anybody notice the new banner? happy halloween! my talented 'other daughter' julia, creator of the potato ho and my original banner created a special halloween banner. she kicks ass. thank you, julia!


Caroline said...

Love the new banner! The first 5x5 is great (you did get my pics, right?). I am a bit intimated...but it sure was a fun project!

BTW...along with your cookbook you should publish, you will need to open a B&B because I can see you serving up that French Toast in the morning for your guests :)

melissa said...

Go Julia!

And nine months later... you're hilarious.

I've never made French toast. I should give that a moment's pause.

Fishin' Mama said...

Love the new banner...Julia you ROCK!!

Antonio Tahhan said...

loving the halloween themed banner : )
and the orange & ginger combo in the FTC just made my day! I've never made it in a casserole, but I don't think there's ever been a FT I didn't like!

katie said...

Aw, Daddy FT looks so sad... I think that's how daddy Chaos felt when he found out what playing doctor so often results in, too.

Lisa said...

Girl you had me laughing at 6:25am. Now I'm going to have the Krysta and FT song stuck in my head.

Tell Julia the new banner rocks.

Kim said...

It was good wasn't it! I am going to do a remake with cinnamon and apples at the bottom of the casserole. In fact there are probally countless ways to do this recipe. My only regret when I made this was that I didn't polish it off in the first sitting. Cute banner btw.

Stacey Snacks said...

I can't wait to see the Thanksgiving banner! Julia is very talented.

I make that same French toast/bread pudding for Christmas brunch with Italian panettone bread. SO GOOD. Just apply it to my ass, which is getting bigger with each blog entry!

Mary Beth said...

I noticed your new banner right away - it is awesome! I have never been a huge fan of french toast - it's a little too much work first thing in the morning. But this casserole sounds easy and delicious - I'll have to try it this weekend.

Cheryl said...

Looks amazing and I love, love, love your new banner!

Mayberry Magpie said...

That is EXACTLY what I'm making for breakfast Sunday morning!

Hillary said...

Love your post Krysta! This recipe actually won our casserole contest too!

SaintTigerlily said...

Ah, forbidden love.

Mental P Mama said...

I am so making this.

phillygirl64 said...

I. Love. French. Toast.

I need to make this...soon...sans noix, naturellement ;)

Lisa said...

Great morning casserole! Love your new banner!

Aggie said...

love the banner, noticed it right away and thought it was too cute!

nice casserole...need to try that one!

The Yummy Mummy Cooks Gourmet said...

Sounds absolutely delish...for people who are allowed to serve carbs in their household.

My hands are tied.

Will you cook this for me when I hop on a plane and come to visit?

Please say yes.


Julia said...

i made a new blog and am in process of making a paypal for etsy.


^for people that want banners and whatnot

noble pig said...

OMG I love the new header...love it...i want it...and the toast.

Rayrena said...

Okay first of all, Melissa, never made french toast??????? How is that possible? Just tell me that you moved to the States 4 days ago so I can forgive you.

ECM, I LOVE you new banner and the the whole new look of your blog! You're giving me blog envy. I'm gonna need you to send me a casserole dish of the French Toast to make me feel better...

Sam said...


chefectomy said...

Banner is awesome although Rich is looking a little green...

Grace said...

you tickle my funny bone, and that's all there is to it. :)

melissa said...

Just saw rayrena's comment... off to email her LOL.

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