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french toast & firsts

January 01 2013 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Breakfast,Recipe » 12 comments


Here are some photos of our first meal of 2013: a decadent breakfast of brioche French toast, (very) crisp peppered bacon, and berries.  Needless to say, our year is off to a delicious start.  I’ve included a photo of another first—Avery’s first taste of solid food (oatmeal!).  I’m so excited for the new year and all that it will hold, from more delicious meals (more of which I hope to share here, even it means more photos-and-recipes-only posts, like this) to dozens more firsts for Avery.

Happy new year to you and yours.






Special Occasion French Toast

Serves 2

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
4 1-inch slices of brioche
1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for serving
powdered sugar, for serving
maple syrup, for serving

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.  Place an oven-safe plate or baking sheet in the oven.

In a shallow dish (like a pie plate), whisk together the milk, cream, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Melt one tablespoon of butter a large skillet over medium heat.  Working one piece at a time, dip the bread in the milk mixture, giving the bread a few seconds per side to soak up the milk mixture.  Fry the soaked bread pieces, one or two at a time (depending on the size of your skillet), in the heated skillet, allowing each side to nicely brown.  Place fried pieces on the plate/sheet in the oven, to keep them warm as you finish frying the remaining pieces.  Add more butter to the skillet as needed.

Dust the French toast with powdered sugar, and serve with butter and syrup.


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  1. Sílvia says on January 02 2013 at 2:40 am:

    Love this! i always think about trying this recipe mas all them seems a little bit complicated. i like this one looks simple :)

  2. Karen says on January 02 2013 at 3:29 am:

    Wow, first foods already! She’ll be eating well I’m sure! Love the maker’s mark in the french toast, love crispy bacon, and jealous of the fresh berries in January! Great to have you back and happy new year!

  3. Sally says on January 02 2013 at 6:20 pm:

    Happy New Year!

  4. Emily says on January 03 2013 at 6:59 pm:

    This looks fantastic and has me re-thinking the term “special occasion.” And Avery’s face is amazing… grabbing that spoon like a champ!

  5. diane says on January 06 2013 at 3:33 pm:

    I love all the pictures and wish I could stop my mouth from watering. Continue the cooking,it gets easier. Well done!!!

  6. Brynn says on January 08 2013 at 4:37 pm:

    Look at her go! Love it. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hope for a few baby food recipes to make their way on to your blog in the future :)

  7. The Rowdy Chowgirl says on January 10 2013 at 4:19 pm:

    Oh, yum. You really can’t go wrong by starting out with French Toast!

  8. Jessica says on January 21 2013 at 11:19 am:

    Beautiful baby girl! Delicious-looking breakfast.

  9. Six Sisters says on February 27 2013 at 11:17 pm:

    Just stopping by to say Hi and say we love your cute blog! Loving your yummy french toast! :)
    -The Six Sisters

  10. The Hungry Mum says on April 10 2013 at 4:37 am:

    This.Looks.AMAZING. What a fab way to start the day.

  11. rho says on May 11 2014 at 8:38 am:

    how do you keep the slices from becoming soggy in the middle? I just made this and it was delicious but I think I may have cooked them at too high a temperature as the inside didn’t cook through….would love your thoughts!!! thanks!

  12. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink says on May 31 2014 at 9:27 am:

    rho: Try to use day-old (at least) brioche. The slightly stale bread will stand up to the custard better.

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