Hello Fall even though it feels like Summer in Asia. Seriously... Los Angeles needs to get it together! I can't stand it. I need to get toasty, and snuggly, and watch the rain pour from my window, while cooking something with cinnamon with the coffee brewing all day, with the coffee beans left out all night to perfume the living space.
That is what I call comfort living.
But no. We are heading into October with 90 something degree days, and rain in the forecast next Sunday? Oh joy! but what? It's still going to be in the 80s? What the hell am I supposed to do with that information? I went shopping recently ok? and bought a lot of cute snuggly coffee drinking looking clothes. So LA, I don't know what's up but you need to stop.
I'm in withdrawal from the cold. So this morning, I was up around 6AM (yes on a Sunday Funday), contemplating in bed about how I'm going to make my French Toast. I have a whole loaf of Brioche Bread that I bought from Fresh and Easy the other day (around $5), and a new Le Creuset casserole dish that I still need to break in. After much thought, I've decided to make baked french toast to kill all the birds you can think of with one slug.
- 8 Eggs - I use "Happy Eggs"
- 1 and a 1/4 cup of whole milk - I used Lactaid Milk.
- 3 tablespoons of sugar - granulated
- A pinch of salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon of nutmeg - I used pre-ground from Trader Joe's (I believe it was $1.99-$2.99)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon - also from Trader Joe's
- A teaspoon SPLASH of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Loaf of Brioche Bread
The loaf of bread I got was already pre-sliced. I had 3 layers of 4 making a total of 12 slices used. With everything else, I mixed in a large bowl before pouring in on top of the bread. It soaked up pretty quick and easy.
The oven was preheated at 325 with my Breville convectional oven (Click HERE the best thing you can buy). The french toast was baked for 40-45 minutes. The top may get a little dark due to the sugar, but once you top it with your syrup it will be ALL GOOD.
All Good in the Hood syrup.
- 1/2 a stick of butter
- 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 a cup of toasted pecans
Everything you see above minus the pecans, heat in the microwave until the butter has melted and your sugar is syrupy. Mix the sauce until everything has combined, then add the pecans and fold.
After drizzling the Pecan sauce, I drizzled a little of maple syrup (Aunt Jemima, Duh) to balance the dish (it helps).
Lastly, don't forget the BACON.
This will definitely be a crowd pleaser. For a second, everything felt okay. I forgot about the weather, and all the errands that I needed to make (and it was a lot). The bacon, the sweet sauce with the nutmeg and cinnamon singing the holidays to me 'Tis the Season'. Enjoy this recipe with hot black coffee. You'll need something to wake you up right after.
As always, happy eating.