Monday, August 8, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #2: Baked Spiced French Toast

A lazy Saturday morning with nothing to do is my favorite way to start a weekend.  Although both Ott, E and I are morning people just the thought of knowing that an alarm will not be waking you up in the morning brings us such a relaxed feeling.  I love Saturday mornings were we sleep about 30 minutes longer than normal, and Ott, E goes out and gets the paper while I stumble out to the kitchen and make us a good breakfast.  We slowly eat our breakfast while watching the news and reading the paper.  This particular morning Ott, E selected a breakfast recipe for me to make for him out of the Homemade Christmas Gooseberry Patch Cookbook which I will be cooking out of for the next 10 weeks, and then giving away a copy to one of my readers. 

The recipe he selected was for Baked Spiced French Toast and one of the things I really liked about this recipe is that you do all the prep work the night before and then just wake up and bake it and you're ready to eat.

Baked Spiced French Toast
12 slices of cinnamon bread
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 T. vanilla
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 T. cinnamon

To start with you layer 12 slices of cinnamon bread in a 13" x 9" pan.  (I baked my own bread in our bread machine for this recipe.)
Next beat eggs, milk, buttermik, vanilla and spices together; pour over bread slices.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  You can then top with berries or nuts or a syrup topping if you would like to but those are optional.  I served the toast with some sausage links and this recipe for syrup topping.  Ott, E really like the taste of the frech toast, as it still had some crispiness to the texture of it.  The spices smelled amazing while it was baking and gave it a richer taste.  Ott, E added a little more plain maple syrup to his plate and thougt it tasted better with more syrup.

Recipe for Syrup Topping:
4 T. butter melted
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3 T. pancake syrup
1 t. cinnamon
blend together and pour over toasts.

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Erika said...

Ooh my mouth is watering just reading that. I am bookmarking this page so I can make this later. Thanks for posting!
I’m a new follower from the blog hop. I hope you’ll stop by my blog too! Have a fantastic week!
Musings From a SAHM

Mikki said...

Hello! I will enjoy the next 10 weeks of posting if this is an indicator of how yummy they'll be!

I’m participating in this week’s Follow Us Monday Morning blog hop. I checked out your site (now following) and would love for you to check out my site, If it’s your cup of tea, I’d very much appreciate a follow back. Thanks!

Lisa said...

mmm! This is the best! I can eat this stuff every day!

Corinna said...

Huge fan of french toast and that looks delicious! Add in the homemade bread and I'm sold :)

Tiffany Booth said...

Great post! New follower from the Blog Hop--I am following you on GFC. Hope you'll stop by my site and follow me back :)

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy! Add me in for the drawing I can't wait for the next 10 weeks of recipes :) Laura at

Frugal in WV said...

My mom used to have a number of the gooseberry patch books that she passed on to me. The holiday cookbooks are the best, I have gotten some of my best recipes from them! New follower from the monday monkey hop, have a great week!

How to Shrink Fibroids With Diet said...

This looks so yummy - great pics!

Visiting you from the Monday hop.

Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

I just LOVE Gooseberry patch books! I have sooo many. I can't wait to try this recipe. It sounds so good.

sheryl said...

What a GREAT recipe! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared this and other recipes with us! :)
I hope to see you there!

Anonymous said...

I would love to feature this next week! Would you link it up to my party WorkShop Wednesday?

Grace Matthews said...

This sounds so yummy...thanks for sharing

Stopping by to follow you on GFC through the Blog Hop :)

Wit,wok and wisdom said...

That's a very newbie recipe you have here!I'm having a linky party at my place and would love to have you come by for a peek and link-up!Do drop in sometime!:)


April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

i just love things like that - when you can make them the night before and just bake them up the next morning, especially when they involve pumpkin pie spice! Thank you for sharing another yummy recipe with the Hearth and Soul blog hop!