Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Friends, Fun & French Toast

My friend Patricia and I had a sleep-over at our friend Tisha's house on Friday...it was our 2nd Annual Sleep-over!
We did a little shopping, a little crafting, a little sleeping, and a little lot of eating...plus time spent just hanging out and enjoying one another's company.  It was so nice and relaxing and fun!

For Saturday breakfast Tisha used a recipe that Tracey shared on Notes From A Cottage Industry.  French Toast!  So wonderful! She served it with sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  It was divine!

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. maple syrup
1/2 t. rum extract
1 country-style bread (an 8- to 9-inch round)
6 eggs
1 3/4 C. half-and-half
1 t. vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
1/4 t. salt
Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar, maple syrup, and rum extract. Pour the mixture into the dish.
Cut six 1 1/2-inch thick slices from the center of the bread. Arrange the bread slices in one layer in the baking dish, squeezing them slightly so they fit.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours and for up to one day.
Let the dish sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Set the oven at 350° F.
Uncover the dish and bake the French toast for 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve at once.

Tracey said that it's "a slice of heaven on a breakfast plate"!  Oh  my goodness, yes, indeedy! Tracey was right!

P.S.  Thanks for the hospitality Tisha!


our shabby cottage said...

My mouth is watering Marie, what a treat! So glad to hear you had lots of fun on your sleepover!!! Did you feel like teenagers again?

Ann said...

A sleepover, what fun. Sounds like a great time. French toast too, I love french toast. I may have to go make myself some this morning.

LDH said...

Looks like you all had a really great time together. Pretty table and yummy breakfast!

Side note: I read in Philippians this morning :)

Lululiz said...

Oooh, that sounds rather delicious. Might have to give that a try.

Scrap for Joy said...

It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful, fun time. The table setting is lovely and the French Toast must be 12,000 WW points and worth every last one! There is nothing like good times spent with friends. I'm glad you had fun!