Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fun Summer Day

Today I am venturing out on my blog from just food posts. We had a busy and fun filled day that started with some delicious breakfast. I am a lover of most breakfast foods yet am usually too lazy to make them on my own, especially during the week. This morning I was up early and had some left over challah to use up so figured I would try a different take on the classic French toast. It was simple to make and flavorful. The cinnamon sugar crunch on top was perfect.


Baked French Toast with Blueberries

Butter, for greasing
6 eggs
3 cups whole milk (I used 1%)
3/4 cup maple syrup, plus extra for serving
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus 1 Tablespoon for the topping
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 lemon, zested
3 (1-inch thick) slices (8 ounces) day-old challah or sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups (12 ounces) fresh or frozen, thawed, and drained blueberries
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest. Add the bread cubes and mix until coated. Stir in the blueberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

In a small bowl, mix together the remaining cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the egg mixture in an even layer. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is golden and the filling is set.

Spoon onto serving plates and drizzle with maple syrup.

After breakfast we went to meet my cousin in Delray Beach for lunch and window shopping on Atlantic Avenue. She was our first “visitor” since being in Florid, which was a lot of fun. It was strange to think I have been here a few months and yet am able to show people around and know where to go already. We had to make our way down to the beach so we could all say we have been there.

There were a lot of signs and tape up all along the beach for the turtle nests. I had only read about them so it was cool to see that they do exist.

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