Breakfast for Mom

Obviously today’s post is for the guys – if you’re not taking your mom out for brunch, make her breakfast! Or participate in the yearly tradition of helping your kids make their mom breakfast in bed. First things first – get everything ready before you start cooking. Cut, mix and prepare your ingredients and get all of the cooking tools out; just like they do on the cooking shows. Get your serving tray ready; have your kids make a little place card or draw a picture to put on the tray. We made French Toast with toasted hazelnuts, fruit and whip cream. You can add real maple syrup, butter or anything else your mom likes. If you really want to impress the mom you’re cooking for – don’t forget to clean up the kitchen!

French Toast with Hazelnuts, Berries & Whip Cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Get your pans ready for cooking (you will need a non-stick fry pan and a cookie sheet/baking tray).

1 lb of fresh strawberries
1 tbsp granulated sugar
Wash and cut the strawberries in half lengthwise. Slice each half into several slices. Sprinkle the sugar over the berries and let rest.

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
Toast the hazelnuts over medium heat in a small saute/fry pan. Keep a close eye on the nuts, keep them moving in the pan as they will quickly burn. Set aside in a small bowl.

250 ml whip cream
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp granulated sugar
Whip the cream using hand held beaters or the Kitchen Aid (using the whisk attachment). When the cream is getting thicker, add the sugar and vanilla. Do not over whip the cream, you want it to be soft peaks. Set aside.

1 loaf of bread, sliced
(we used a French Country Loaf from a local bakery – but any bread will do)

5 eggs
500 ml milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Whisk these four ingredients together.
Heat the non-stick fry pan on medium-high heat (do not let it get too hot) with a little dab of butter. Dip or soak a full slice of bread into the egg and milk mixture and cook for about 1 minute, flip and cook another minute. Place the slice on your baking tray/cookie sheet. Repeat this process for a couple of slices (get mom’s ready first before you cook the rest). Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Plate your French Toast – get the kids to help! Serve with fresh orange juice and hot coffee.

**how long you leave the bread in the egg & milk mixture is entirely up to you – some like it soaked, others prefer just a quick dip.

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10 thoughts on “Breakfast for Mom

  1. Adrienne Wilson says:

    Hi Karlin,
    I am loving your new website!! Way to go! I think I just figured out how to subscribe, so I’ll get the new posts sent to my email. Call me anytime if you want to walk! 🙂 Adrienne

  2. Sue French says:

    We are going to the 2011 Festival for Spot Prawns for a Mother’s Day treat, I think boiled and served “straight up” but what else can we do when we buy them to bring home?

  3. rich sims says:

    I really enjoy your web site and recipes, i plan on making your french toast as a surprise for my wife and daughter next weekend! Food is the one thing that every one on the planet needs to survive, with your recipes we’ll survive and enjoy our food more!! Keep doing what your doing!!!

  4. Patricia Campbell says:

    Jay and Kar, I hope it might be a lovely dish of spot prawn risotto! Our local fish market has the signs posted that spot prawns are in!
    Love, ,Tish

  5. ashley says:

    Strawberries. How perfect.

    Kar has challenged me to challenge a recipe on here – and as it turns out, I’m baking tonight.
    Strawberry pie? Does that count?


    • Hey Ashley! Thanks for linking us from your blog. Strawberries is it! Good luck and look forward to your recipe and photos. I’ve already given Chef a heads-up – he better source some strawberries.

  6. Kirsty Morrison says:

    I made pumpkin french toast for my family this weekend! It was a big hit and I will certainly be making it again!

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