My son loves it when I make French toast. It's one of the few home cooked breakfast options I make that I can do dairy-free, and the poor guy has a dairy allergy. So, when I'm feeling like mom-of-the-year, I will get up early and make French toast before school. This is especially popular when we have homemade bread in the house, which we did this morning.
So, I'm in my bathrobe, pulling out ingredients, and my son says, "Put the good orange juice in it."
I looked at him and told him, "I don't put orange juice in French toast, son."
But he insisted it's better with orange juice, and he insisted it had to be the special orange juice. I was clueless (and hadn't yet had coffee) until my daughter said, "The one you keep in the other room. The one that is alcohol."
She kind of whispered the word alcohol, and my son's eyes got wide and he nodded his head when I returned carrying a bottle of Grand Marnier.
I'd totally forgotten that I used to add a dash to the kids' French toast. I'm not sure how they remembered it, but they did, and I added a good slosh to the egg mixture. We were in business.
Do you add Cointreau or Grand Marnier to your French toast? We love it around here. It's that little je ne sais quoi that I hope one day my kids tell their kids about and that their own spouses will roll their eyes at and think: who was this woman who taught my husband to put alcohol in French toast.
A mom can dream.
My recipe for French toast is dead simple, and the kids love it.
French Toast (serves 1)
Two slices bread (homemade if possible)
Splash of water (or half-n-half if dairy isn't an issue)
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of vanilla
Slosh of Grand Marnier or Cointrea
Whisk all of the ingredients together and pour onto a plate. Dip bread in egg mixture and let it soak in. Throw those slices onto a griddle until lightly browned. Add pure maple syrup and fresh berries. If you're really winning at motherhood, sift powdered sugar over the top in a vintage flour sifter. Hahahaha. Just playing. Ain't nobody got time for that.
If you want to explore the intricacies of French toast even more (you know you do), this article from Food 52 is all about how to rock it freestyle, no recipe needed.
Hope everyone is having a lovely week.