I have always found it funny that everyone in central Pennsylvania runs to the grocery store to stockpile bread, milk, and eggs before a snow storm. It’s somewhat ridiculous, because it’s very rare that we get snowed in for more than a day or two… I’m pretty sure a gallon of milk and one carton of eggs would do it. But, I’ve seen grocery carts loaded up with three times that.
I always wonder what everyone is making with their stockpile of bread, milk, and eggs… I figure they must really love French toast. After all, what else do you make with bread, milk, and eggs? So, it’s become somewhat of a tradition at my house to make French toast for breakfast when it snows. It’s our little way of poking fun at all of the over-preparedness for a pending snowpocalypse.
A week or two ago, there was snow in the forecast over night. So, I told my hubby I’d make French toast for breakfast the next morning… Naturally, the next morning, when we woke up, and there wasn’t a flake in sight. That is also pretty typical for this area. The local news gets all hyped up about a blizzard, and we are lucky to get an inch or two. Perhaps some of their advertising money comes from the producers of bread, milk, and eggs?
Despite the lack of snow, I decided that we would still have French toast for breakfast. After all, I didn’t want to disapoint my hubby! (If I am being completely honest, I have to admit that I, too, wanted French toast for breakfast.) Of course, as it turns out, I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a few days, and we were running a bit low on milk (go figure!). I did have some eggnog hanging out in the fridge, though, (I have recently become obsessed with eggnog lattes), so I decided to just go with it.
The resulting eggnog French toast was delightfully festive, but not so different that my eggnog-hating husband realized what secret ingredient I had added. It was easy to make and a nice treat on a cold (albeit snow-free) morning. It’s a great way to get rid of some extra eggnog, if you have it hanging around after your Christmas get together… Or, I think it’d be a fantastic addition to your Christmas brunch. I think I’ll be making it again soon, snow or no snow!
Eggnog French Toast
(Makes approximately 10-12 slices)
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 10 – 12 thick slices of crusty bread
(will depend on the size of your slices)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling (optional)
- Maple syrup (optional)
Whisk together the eggnog, milk, eggs, and cinnamon. Dredge the slices of bread in the mixture, giving bread time to soak up the liquid.
Meanwhile, preheat a skillet to medium heat and melt the butter in the skillet. Transfer the soaked bread slices to the skillet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired, and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Flip the slices of bread, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Serve warm, topped with maple syrup, or your favorite French toast toppings.