June 10, 2013

French Toast Casserole

 We love French Toast - Andy makes the best French Toast, and his secret ingredient is Semifreddis Cinnamon Swirl bread (Semifreddis is a Bay Area bakery, but TJ's carries it in some locations). I never though anything could top Andy's French Toast, until my Mom found this amazing recipe for French Toast casserole. She made it for mother's day brunch, and it was sooo delicious. I have since made it myself, and it is ridiculously easy to make. I did it half asleep the night before at 10pm. It took all of 5 minutes. The casserole soaks overnight, resulting in delicious a french toast / bread pudding hybrid. Yum.

What's in it
1 loaf Semifreddis Cinnamon Swirl Bread
6 eggs
3 C milk (or almond milk)

How it's made
Spray a 9x11" baking pan. Cut loaf of bread into 1" cubes and put in pan. Whisk eggs, milk and cinnamon in a bowl, and pour over bread. I smushed everything down with a spatula after, to fill in the gaps. Cover and put in fridge to soak overnight. The next morning bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with warm syrup, fruit and powdered sugar.

Quick Corn

It must be corn season, seeing we've been eating corn on the cob almost every night, and Alexis' delicious post on Mexican corn. Now that we have an infant, and try to get dinner on the table in a half hour, we've learned some new tricks. Here's a great go-to for weeknight dinners. Super quick and no-mess.

What's in it
2 ears of corn on the cob

How it's made
Grab 2 ears of corn, and do not husk them. Stick them in the microwave on high for 8 minutes.* Take them out with an oven mitt and let cool a few minutes. Take a sharp chef's knife and cut the bottom of the corn off, 1 inch from the stalk. Grab the corn from the top (where the corn silk is) and shake the corn out. Husk and silk come clean off with no mess.

*If you want to just do one corn, microwave for 4 minutes.

If my written directions are not clear, you can see this video. Actually you should watch this video anyways because this man is so sweet.