{Christmas} French Toast

This is a favorite in my family and is perfect for a busy Christmas morning. You can make it while the elves are putting together all the toys!!

Start with 1 stick of butter in a 9×13 pyrex dish. Melt and add 1 cup of brown sugar. Arrange 3 layers of bread (go with something a little dence, such as Pepperidge Farm or Texas toast or callah, French bread,cinnamon raisin, whatever you prefer)

Beat Together:

4 eggs

1 t vanilla

1 cup of milk

1/2 c fresh oj

1/2 t cinnamon

A splash of amaretto, gran marnier, or bailey’s really adds a depth of flavor (optional)

Pou over bread and let set over night in fridge. Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins. Serve with hot syrup. ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Deanna’s Grape Salad

We recently had a pot luck lunch at work and Deanna brought a Grape Salad, odd at first glance but oh so tasty and really quick and easy to make! I am going to take this to Christmas Morning Brunch.

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup  sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Feeds a lot!!

What is your FAV Brunch dish?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

IMG00476 Sunday was a great day! It was kickoff day for a all new Sunday School Classes and I thought brunch would be a fun treat. I made super easy French Toast and stuffed it with Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese, which I must say it is the least expensive cream cheese I have bought in a long time and tastes delish! Then I made a super easy Blueberry Syrup. I was inspired by My Carolina Kitchen although I did adapt it a bit for what I had on hand.

Blueberry Syrup

1/2 c fresh blueberries

1/3 c water

2 T sugar

1 T brown sugar

zest from 1 orange and apx 1 T juice

1 t vanilla

2 T honey (added at the end)

Bring all ingredients except honey to a boil, reduce heat to a slow simmer and allow berries to burst a little. Stir in honey just before serving. 

It was a huge hit!! Hope you enjoy!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Best Ever French Toast

I was watching the Food Network like I do so often and they were talking about all sorts of yummy breakfast items and I got to thinking about my favorite breakfast foods. I love a good piece of French Toast. This recipe is so yummy you can stuff the French toast for an even more sinful treat!

In honor of the WEEKEND I give you a BREAKFAST/BRUNCH French Toast

4 eggs

2-3 T half and half (whole milk, cream whatever you have on hand)

2-3 T orange juice

2 tsp cinnamon

Dash of triple sec, Gran Marnier or any fav orange liquor (Go wild! or not, it’s great either way)

Dash of salt & pepper

Sourdough Bread

Cook’s Note: These are JUST suggestions feel free to come up with your own favorite or go it alone and have just a simple Classic French Toast with Maple syrup.

Fav Stuffing’s:

The Elvis: peanut butter & banana

Tutti Frutti: Cream Cheese & raspberry puree (my fav)

If you chose to stuff I prefer to make a sammie. Like you would a grilled cheese then dredge in egg batter mix and place in buttered skillet. The key to perfect toast is DO NOT flip but once! Wait till it is golden brown & flip. ENJOY!!!

What are you making for breakfast?

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