Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Brunch for Girls

Even before I moved back to Victoria this Summer I was already throwing out the idea of a road trip to Tofino.  It really is one of my favourite places and I hadn’t been there in about four years.  Before I knew it a plan was hatched and five of my favourite girls had agreed to a long weekend away.

Our original plans for November were thwarted but we wrangled ourselves together and rebooked for January.  We lost a friend by changing the date (alas, Nicole decided to move to Germany!) but the rest of us loaded up a couple of cars and made the four hour drive to check out the West Coast waves.

Besides deciding who had to share a bed and how much time we could realistically spend in the hot tub at our vacation rental house we spent a lot of time emailing about food.  I volunteered to be in charge of Saturday brunch.  Finally an excuse to make a giant batch of French Toast!

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My recipe is nothing fancy but it never fails.  I swear by using D’Italiano thick sliced bread.  It’s the perfect size and texture for soaking up the eggy goodness.

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For ten slices of French Toast I used:

  • 6 free run eggs
  • 1 capful good vanilla
  • generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp light cream (any milk will do the trick)
  • 10 slices of D’Italiano bread
  • smidge of butter for cooking
  1. Whisk everything (except the bread, duh) together with a fork and lightly dredge your fresh bread through it one piece at a time.  Don’t soak the bread.
  2. Cook in a lightly buttered non-stick pan over med-high heat.  Flip when brown. 
  3. Keep warm in 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

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Ingmarie is a gluten-free girl so she brought her own Tapioca Rice Bread and it worked just fine for the recipe.  In fact, hers cooked up a bit easier than the softer white bread.

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I may have cooked an entire package of bacon…

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No girlie brunch can possibly be complete without mimosas!

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Nom Nom Nom.  Look at that stack!  Served with Aunt Jemima of course, but also fresh blueberries, blackberries and banana slices.

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There are no words.  OK, one.  BACON.  Two.  MAPLE BACON.

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We spent the rest of our day roaming the stormy beaches of Tofino.  So amazing.  Photo post still to come. More food to come too. Of course. :)

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Charmaine, me, Tiffaney, the other Jamie, and Ingmarie.  Love.

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1 comment:

Ali @ A Serendipitous Life said...

Oh, I love Tofino! It looks like you had perfect, stormy weather for it, too!

I haven't made or had French toast for probably 10 years - you've inspired me to make a fun weekend breakfast :)