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Monday, April 18, 2011

Cheat Day Cinnamon French Toast

Getting ready for the beach? A lot of people are in the same boat this time of year. We start cutting our portions of carbohydrates and always watching how much sugar we're digesting. All that combined with the rigorousness of your work out plan, can get overwhelming at times. So whether you feel like having a cheat day, or you simply have almost expiring cream in your fridge, fresh toasts for breakfast is always a good start to your day!

Growing up, I remember this dish being something very special to have, mostly on weekends. I also remember there being no recipe. One thing is sure, the recipe consisted of eggs, milk, vanilla extract and fried in margarine. In order to have a real cheat day and really try to eat as must fat contents as possible follow this following combination of ingredients is the way to go.
Combine in a bowl;
- 3 eggs
- 1 Cup Half and half Cream
- Vanilla extract
- 1 dash of ground Cinnamon
Whisk to obtain smooth and uniform mixture.
You then take your favorite type of bread, which ever kind you prefer, and press the slices one by one in the mixture to soak up as much as possible.
With a good amount of butter in a medium heat, heated pan, place inside the slices of "Pain Doré" and cook to golden perfection.

Now the topping for this dish, like pancakes and waffles, are endless. In my family we have tried endless combination including; peanut butter and yogurt, peanut butter and cheese, cottage cheese with salt and pepper. Let's not forget our family favorite;  "sirop de poteau". This literally translates to "pole syrup". This is an old French expression to differentiate the different from real maple syrup from trees, and a quick syrup made from home. Ran out of Aunt Jamima at home? Simple solution; boil together 1 part water with 2 parts brown sugar. If you want more maple flavor and you have maple extract handy, feel free to add some. Let cool and use as maple syrup. Growing up, the known brand bottle in our fridge was always full of this home made syrup and we grew accustomed to its imitation taste.

So there you have it, French toast as I remember making them as a kid. Now if you're on a diet, you still would want to combine this with a plate of fruit and a big glass of orange juice to balance things out and not throw your game off too too much.

Eat well, sleep well and till next time,


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