With all of the advertisements, talk, articles and Facebook entries about snacks, I thought I would put forth a picture of one of my favorites. It is delicious, nutritious – and, if you are in the right frame of mind – will make you feel ambitious!
It is a small piece of French toast. I make all of our bread, and the Sourdough French bread is perfect for the smallish pieces of the French Toast that we favor with our Special Sunday Brunches. It isn’t the main course; just used as you would toast with any breakfast.
I make ten pieces, using three eggs and a splash of half and half, baking them in the Cuisinart Oven Central – five at a time.
There are usually three or four pieces left over, so they go into a Lock & Lock container in the refrigerator and whoever thinks of it, has them (one at a time!) as a snack over the next couple of days.
They can be eaten cold, but they reheat beautifully with just a spritz of water on each side, and a run through the toaster. The egg coating is on there strongly enough that nothing comes out into the toaster itself. After the toaster has ejected the toast, if you can wait a minute or two to let the heat penetrate all the way through the slice, it will be warm and delicious, just as it was in the beginning.
What you see here is a slathering of apricot jam. A coating of jam or marmalade is not messy, and the treat then can be eaten out of hand. If you want to make more of a big deal out of it, you can add butter, syrup, cinnamon or any combination of regulation pancake toppings, and sit down with a plate at a table and enjoy it to the fullest. Soft cream cheese is good on it, too. A serving of fruit would do no harm!
As I write this, I am reminded of a lovely afternoon English Tea – only on a very small scale.