Welcome again to Friday Fun with Rudi’s and GlutenFreeFantasy.blogspot.com! To celebrate the end of the week, we dive into some recipes that are anything but boring. Christine Emmick, freelance writer, blogger and mother of four, will bring you a new fun family recipe the first Friday of every month.
September – Super Easy, Fun French Toast
Happy Friday Rudi’s fans! Kids are almost back to school but that doesn’t mean cold cereal EVERY morning. Here is a recipe that kids are able to help make and is also super yummy using Rudi’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread!
Stuff to Grab:
- Large Skillet or Griddle – You could not make me part with my 15 inch cast iron skillet if you tried. I love cast iron for its even heating and there is also zero chance of any non-stick surface flaking off and getting into your food.
- Grease – Try Spectrum Organic Non-Hydrogenated Butter Flavor Shortening. It’s reeeaaaly good.
- Large Spatula – If you are using cast iron, use a long metal one with holes. It makes flipping very easy.
- Large Bowl
- Small Spatula – This is for fishing bread out of the egg mixture.
- Rudi’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread – It took the whole loaf to feed my 4 French Toast Fans.
- Eggs – Get about a dozen if you like your French toast really gloppy like we do.
- Milk – We are dairy free as well as gluten free so we use coconut or almond milk. You’ll need about ½ to 1 cup, depending on how you like it.
- Cinnamon – Yeah, there is some in the bread, but we love it so we add more.
- Salt – Just a little sprinkle will do.
- Baking Stone or Oven Safe Plate or Dish
If you are wondering why the recipe doesn’t call for a ¼ teaspoon of anything, it’s because I measure very little. This method of recipe writing frees the reader to use their instincts, follow their gut, and find their inner chef. I mean, would anyone really notice a dash more salt in a vat of soup? Alright, go ahead and put it in, just taste it as you go OK?
Call the kids in and tell them that they are about to go on a culinary adventure. If you get some strange looks, explain what “culinary” means. If you get groans, give up and send the oldest teen out for a box of doughnuts. If you get cheers, assign stations at the counter for French toast assembly. Tell all the kids to wash off whatever slime has been acquired on their grubby hands. Turn on the oven to about 200 degrees and place the baking stone or oven safe plate or dish in there on the middle rack. Now set up stations.
Station #1: This station has the bag of thawed Rudi’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread. This should be given to the smallest child, unless that child is a toddler. If you have a toddler in the house, somehow hide the adventure from them, they are sure to sabotage the whole process.
Station #2: Here put the large bowl, whisk, small spatula, eggs, milk and spices. This station will be the messiest, so don’t give it to the one who starts the food fights at dinner.
Station #3: Just a plate goes here. This is a good spot for the aforementioned food-fight-starter.
Station #4: Here, you or a trusted older child will sit ready to transform gloppy goo into golden slices of yummy goodness. They will have the grease, large spatula, skillet ….oh and the hot stove.
Turn on the heat under the skillet on medium to medium low and add the grease. Push it around with the spatula to cover the bottom of the skillet. Have the child at station #2 crack all the eggs in the bowl and whisk them until they are well mixed. Add enough milk to create enough egg glop to make the bread nice and moist. Add about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or more if you like, and the salt. Whisk while trying not to spread egg goo ALL over the counter.
The child at station #1 should be ready to let the bread float on top of the egg mixture. Have child #1 and #2 flip the bread until it is soaked through. The child at station #4 will be chomping at the bit to get involved at this point, so have him fish the bread out of the goo and place it on the plate. Now he can carry it over to station #4 and slide it on the hot greased skillet.
You, or the child at station #4, can now wait for about 2 minutes or so while the French toast browns. Flip and let it cook about 1 to 2 more minutes and place it on the warmed stone in the oven. This will keep the toast warm until they are done. Now you can all munch the toast together.
Christine Emmick is a gluten free, dairy free and soy free mom who loves to make food fun. You can follow her at her gluten free blog, www.glutenfreefantasy.blogspot.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Christine-Emmick/115423051837164.