Ah, wow. The holidays are over and life is sort of calming down and getting back to normal. At last! Don’t misunderstand me; I love Christmas, and Thanksgiving and Halloween are pretty great too. But, it is sort of a relief when it’s over and we all go back to exercising, eating healthier, and making shorter To Do Lists. Also, some of my friends and family were sick or had medical procedures done recently. They are all healing and getting back to normal too, so that adds to my feelings of relief and contentment.
Today was the first day, in what felt like a long time, that I could just stay home. It’s been great. We’ve been catching up on the housework and just relaxing. The morning started out nice when I got up and made French Toast for breakfast. As you could probably guess, most mornings I make oatmeal, or we eat cold cereal if we’re pressed for time. Once in a while though, on a nice stay at home morning, I like to make something more interesting. Today it was Maple Cinnamon French Toast.
It’s actually not too unhealthy, if you choose healthy ingredients…and have some restraint with the maple syrup! Here’s the recipe:
- 4 pieces whole grain bread (okay if a little stale, but it should still smell appealing)
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons 2 percent milk
- 2 tablespoons medium amber real maple syrup
- cinnamon for sprinkling (other spices could be added along with, or instead of the cinnamon: nutmeg, coriander or cardamom are good options).
- Canola oil for the frying pan
Combine the eggs, egg whites, milk and syrup in a shallow dish. Put the bread in, letting each slice soak enough to absorb some of the egg mixture. Turn it over a time or two so it gets egg from both sides.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat and transfer the slices, one at a time, to the pan. Sprinkle each slice with cinnamon and other spices if using. If necessary, turn down the heat to medium so the bread doesn’t brown too quickly. When it is starting to get a little cooked and brown on the first side, turn the slices. Cook until done to your liking. Watch these closely because the syrup in the batter will make them burn easily.
Serve. If desired, you can add more butter and/or syrup, but they are really good as is.
Sorry there’s no photos…we ate them up before we thought to get out the camera!