Wednesday, December 26, 2012

French Toast Bake

Family traditions, every family has their own around the holidays... One recipe that brings back memories... Here we have Portuguese French Toast for Christmas... Usually fried, but not this time! These are baked and  made the day before, so all you have to do in the morning is to turn on the oven!

First time I saw this recipe was on Pinterest, so I repinned it and followed the link to "Rach's blog," that gives a detailed explanation of how to fix this delicious breakfast dish. I used demerara sugar instead of brown sugar because in Brazil the brown sugar makes a very thick sauce. And I also added milk caramel in between layers... and that made all the difference!
French Toast Bake
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup demerara sugar
1 loaf Texas toast - I used 12 slices of white bread, no crust
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Ground cinnamon, white sugar and  confectioner's sugar for sprinkling
Milk caramel for the filling, if you like.

1) Melt butter in microwave and add demerara sugar, stir until mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan
3) Lay single layer of bread in pan, sprinkle sugar, cinnamon and add a dollop of milk caramel on top of each slice
4) Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and 1 tbs sugar
5) Spoon half of egg mixture on bread layer
6) Add second layer of bread slices
7) Spoon on remaining egg mixture, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top
8) Cover and chill in fridge overnight
9) Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 40 minutes
10) Sprinkle powedered sugar and decorate with strawberries or not...
11) Serve with warm maple syrup or plain.

Pour butter mixture, spread around, add slices of bread on top

Add half the egg mixture, sprinkle sugar and cinnamom. Adda a dollop of milk caramel

Add second layer of bread, add remaing egg mixture and top with sugar and cinnamon.
French toast bake... ready to be served and add some beauty to your breakfast table!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My little fabric Christmas tree

This year I started to make some fabric trees to fill in some empty spots around the house and I found an easy way to fold them. 

Cut a circle - around 12in (30 cm)
Fold in half - then fold a triangle on top
Turn the fabric around and fold again
Keep folding
And you have a fabric tree!
Use a cinnamon stick about the size of the tree
Open carefully your folded tree and run hot glue along the cinnamon stick, close and press a little
Use a small vase or styrofoam covered with fabric to make the base
Hot glue the cinnamon stick into the whole, and add a few trimmings 
Decorate some empty spots around the house with your fabric Christmas tree!