French Toast Blueberry Sandwiches
When I make French toast, I start by putting a layer of 8 pieces of bread in a pre-heated-then-turned-off oven, right on the rack. The bread will soak up the egg mixture better when it is a little dry. (Stale bread gains new purpose with this recipe.) This time, I had Pepperidge Farm oatmeal bread on hand, but you can use any kind you like. Excellent results also come from French or any artisan bread - or plain white or wheat.
Prepare a mixture of 4 eggs (beat them slightly), 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar in a bowl wide enough for the bread slices to fit. Some French toast recipes use different proportions, but this is the recipe that comes out of my head...plenty of substance with more eggs, a nice touch of vanilla, and a deliberate dose of sugar. A challenge, to think of a recipe backwards - writing it down as you make it, instead of going from what you see in print.
Heat a griddle or large buttered skillet, and quickly dip the slightly toasty bread slices into the egg mixture. Submerge them, but don't linger or they will fall apart. Move each slice directly from the bowl to the griddle. Don't dip more than you are preparing for one griddle/skillet batch, or they will become soggy and useless - then you might as well make bread pudding.
Flip when evenly browned.
You can stop here - and serve your French toast just like this, perhaps cut diagonally and tilted to each side just like a restaurant would do. A sprinkle of powdered sugar looks nice - and put out the butter and syrup, of course.
This was so yummy, I had two of them. It's a fun, easy, fruit-filled breakfast sandwich!
T couldn't bear the thought of French toast without peanut butter and syrup. His sandwich became delectable fruit-stuffed French toast on a plate - with plenty of toppings!
The Best Coffee Cake (Regina, please correct me in the comments if I have this wrong!)
Cream 1/2 cup butter or margarine with 1 cup sugar. Add 2 eggs and mix well. Blend in a mixture of 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Mix thoroughly, then gently fold in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup sour cream.
For the filling, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, (1 teaspoon cocoa is an optional addition), and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.
Spread 1/2 of batter in a greased/floured bundt or tube pan or a 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle on 1/2 of the filling, then add rest of the batter and remaining filling on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (45 for bundt or tube pan). Cool completely and invert onto serving plate.
Everyone enjoyed it. Some enjoyed it twice.