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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The High Heeled Chef does Brunch

Few things in life make you appreciate time and your loved ones more than brunch. Smooches over plates of pancakes, giggles and omelets - is there anything better? I adore going out for brunch but there's something really special about making brunch at home.

I took inspiration for this cinnamon caramel french toast from a fun blog called 'Crepes of Wrath.' I can't claim it as my own, but I did make it without the recipe, strictly speaking. This was a lovely dish, although very rich and certainly not something you can eat every day! I scaled down the butter/sugar from the original recipe, played with the spices & made it with whole wheat fiber bread and a banana smoothie to make it feel a bit less indulgent!

Cinnamon French Toast

6 slices of your favorite bread (I used a whole wheat fiber blend bread from Trader Joe's)
1 egg
Skim milk
Cinnamon, white sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, dash of salt, a few pats of butter

To make: Whisk together the egg, cinnamon, a bit of white sugar and some milk; soak pieces of bread in mixture & fry in skillet on stove top. Melt some butter in the microwave and add brown sugar; combine and microwave for about 40 seconds. Whisk in some milk to make a delicious caramel. Spoon caramel on top of the finished french toast and bake in an oven at 350 degrees until the caramel is bubbly and your house is filled with the most delightful scent of caramel and cinnamon! Serve on a plate with powdered sugar and whatever fruit or toppings you might have on hand. OR you can do what I did...and make a smoothie!

Banana smoothie:

Blend one banana per person with ice, skim milk, Splenda and a bit of cinnamon. Blend until frothy and serve - this combination works with just about any fruit!!!

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