If you like your sweets for breakfast (like my husband does) this cinnamon french toast recipe is for you.
Our local diner has Craig’s all time favorite thing on its menu: cinnamon roll french toast. You can find us at the diner most weekend mornings as well as witness Craig simultaneously drooling and eating the cinnamon french toast. The diner makes all of their own pastries, including cinnamon rolls.
A couple of months ago, we arrived to find new menus on the table with one glaring omission: NO CINNAMON ROLL FRENCH TOAST. I thought we were going to have to call an ambulance. As Craig’s blood pressure subsided back into normal territory, I swore I saw his lower lip quivering and his eyes tearing up. He then began to ponder, out loud, what he would order now. I considered his plight (for about 30 seconds) and suggested he deal with the changes and find something else on the menu (for me, that was a lot of empathy). I think I may have even muttered something about big boy pants.
Fast forward to Christmas morning and my desire to be kinder and gentler (at least for a day). I had picked up some cinnamon rolls at the grocery store (don’t judge…you’ve done it too) because I just didn’t have it in me to make homemade rolls. Not even my cheater orange cinnamon rolls. Hey, I said kinder and gentler…I never said anything about becoming the ultimate baker. My intention for buying these was to make Craig his cinnamon french toast for Christmas morning.
A french toast recipe is really a great thing, because it’s a delicious way to use up baked goods left overs. You can use pretty much any day old (or couple of day old) yeast breads, sweet breads (no, not the organ meat kind), muffins or rolls to make an easy french toast.
The basic french toast recipe is the same: some milk and eggs. You can then mix in cinnamon, vanilla or other flavorings depending on what you are turning into french toast.
Craig fell in love my version of his diner favorite. The frosting on top of the rolls melted and caramelized and then blended with the maple syrup for a lip smacking treat. The pomegranate arils added a much needed bit of tang (to cut through all the sweetness). I ended up making this easy french toast for him the next day and served it with maple butter instead of the syrup. I think we may have found his new favorite place for cinnamon french toast. Our kitchen.
Resolutions are ridiculous. There, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way we can move on to more important things.
Make yourself sexier in 2012!
I’m not talking about making yourself into a porn star or even into Dita Von Teese. No, I’m talking about making yourself feel sexier which in turn will make you outwardly more self confident and flat out sexy (if you want to someone to see that side of you). People who feel sexy, feel confident in themselves and when you feel confident in yourself, others feel that way about you too.
Some of these things may seem a bit unorthodox (no, there’s nothing weird here) but trust me on this…it works.
Daily affirmations – When you get up in the morning, tell you that you love yourself. Do this from the moment you wake up until you take that first sip of coffee/tea/juice. The more you do this exercise, the stronger you will believe this about yourself. Feeling this way about yourself will also help you on those days when everything is hitting the fan and you feel like crap.
Buy yourself at least 2 matching sets of bras and panties. They don’t have to be covered in rhinestones or feathers, but at least one of them should be pretty. Wearing a matching bra and panties (especially pretty ones) makes you stand a little taller and walk a little more confidently. There’s something about having that little secret, that only you know about, that brings forth confidence. If you can swing it, replace all of your grubby panties with new ones too.
Clean out your wardrobe. Anything that’s frumpy or dowdy looking needs to go. Toss it or donate it to charity. You’ll feel better about giving, you’ll have more room in your closet, and you’ll feel better because you aren’t dressing like a bag lady when you go out in public.
Get in the kitchen. Whip up something healthy and delicious. Or maybe make something that’s incredibly sinful. Either way, you’ll be using a different side of your brain (which feels good because you’ve given the other side a break) and you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Share it with someone and you’ll feel extra confident.
Take charge of the sexy time. Instead of letting him decide when you’ll be fooling around…you pounce on him. This is sure to get your sexy juices flowing and when he responds it’s positive reinforcement for you to do it again.
Here’s to a sexier/more confident you in 2012!
Recipe: Cinnamon French Toast
- 8 Cinnamon Rolls
- 1/2 Cup Cream
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- Cut the cinnamon rolls in half (or thirds depending on their thickness) and set aside.
- In a shallow bowl (large enough to accommodate the slices of cinnamon rolls), mix the cream, water, eggs and vanilla together. Make sure everything is well blended.
- In a large non-stick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
- While butter is melting, lay one slice of cinnamon roll into the cream mixture. Lightly press on the roll to help moisture soak into the roll. Flip the roll over to coat the other side. Repeat with a second slice of cinnamon roll.
- Make sure that the butter is evenly spread in the skillet and lay both pieces of battered roll onto the skillet.
- Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side. The pieces should be nice and golden brown and all signs of the eggs should be cooked.
- Remove to platter and continue the same way with the remaining slices.
- Serve 2 slices per plate and top with syrup, pomegranate arils, butter or your favorite toppings.
The rolls I used were approximately 1 inch thick, so I cut them in half. Some bakeries make much thicker rolls which would require you to cut them in thirds to get the batter to completely soak the rolls.
You could use 1 cup of milk in place of the water and cream if you like.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 5 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)