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Photo Essay: The French Toast-a-thon

As everyone in the Boston area knows, last night we had the first accumulative snowstorm of the season. On December 4 at 12:29 pm, Universal Hub declared the French Toast Alert level to be at Elevated.

That put me in the mood for French toast. So on Friday, Nomi went out to the supermarket to make sure we were well stocked with eggs and milk. We had plenty of homemade challah for French toast, so we didn't have to worry about buying bread.

This morning, Nomi and I made French toast. (Well, I sliced the challah at the start and washed the dishes at the end; Nomi had the hard job of making all the French toast.) I documented the making of the French toast because I felt it was important to note the first French toast of the season. I've placed most of the photos behind a cut to spare your browsers the download, but if you want to see the whole French Toast Alert photo essay, click away. Or you can skip to the end, which is a good bit and has Marvin in it.



We begin with the slicing of the challah, of course.


Michael Slices Challah for French Toast Michael Slices Challah for French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Challah to Become French Toast Challah to Become French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



We already had maple syrup and cinnamon & sugar, but Nomi also made homemade whipped cream:


Nomi Mixes Whipped Cream Nomi Mixes Whipped Cream
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



Now the fun began. Nomi made the custard in which to soak the bread.


Nomi Cracks Eggs Nomi Cracks Eggs
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Eggs In the Bowl Eggs In the Bowl
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Nomi Pours Milk Nomi Pours Milk
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



We didn't want the French toast to stick to the frying pan, now did we?


Nomi Prepares to Melt Butter in Frying Pan Nomi Prepares to Melt Butter in Frying Pan
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



And then Nomi began to soak the bread. Yes!


First Slice in Custard First Slice in Custard
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Nomi Soaks Bread Nomi Soaks Bread
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



Once enough pieces were set to go, they went out of the custard bowl and into the frying pan.


The First Pieces in the Frying Pan The First Pieces in the Frying Pan
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Lots of French Toast Frying Lots of French Toast Frying
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



Viola! French Toast!


French Toast Has Been Achieved French Toast Has Been Achieved
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Nomi Gets Ready to Flip Even More French Toast Nomi Gets Ready to Flip Even More French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.





And finally, the reason we have French Toast Alerts in the first place.


French Toast Begins to Accumulate French Toast Begins to Accumulate
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




More French Toast On the Way More French Toast On the Way
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




French Toast Alert: Three to Five Inches of French Toast French Toast Alert: Three to Five Inches of French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



I hope you've enjoyed this photo essay. For the next snowstorm, maybe I can convince Nomi to make pancakes.

Comments

We also made French toast this morning, but I was clever enough to make my kids do about half the work. May you find your little helpers equally useful for the first French toast of next season!
They'll be between one and two years old for the first French toast of next season. Not sure how helpful they will be...
Honey, that looks more like a Dutch oven than a frying pan. But the French toast looks awesome and delish. You've put the bee in my bonnet and after the term is over, I'm going to make French toast.
It *is* a Dutch oven, in fact. It's my largest frying surface (I need a griddle), and I was making French toast for eight, so I pulled out the big pan.
I just learned on TG day what a Dutch oven actually was. I would have thought that was just a picture of a big ol' frying pan only a day earlier.
;-)

The FT looks wonderful. And home-made whipped cream, too!
Woot!
I make home-made whipped cream because of the lovely scarlettina, who once upon a time sent me a pie recipe that called for it. We call it "splorp" for the sound it makes when put on things (as opposed to whipped cream from a spray can, which we called "shpritz" (but now, in a back-formation or as a retronym we now call "spray splorp")).
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, cookery.
So, if I ever find myself in Boston - do I have to come during a snowstorm to sample this glorious French Toast? I'm a California Girl - I'm not sure I can do snowstorms....
No snow necessary -- our last French-toast-a-thon was during Memorial Day weekend.
Mmm, french toast... now I'm hungry. :-)
Looks yummy! Um. Do you not put cinnamon & vanilla in your egg & milk mixture? That's a Very Important Step in my family.
The recipe Nomi uses doesn't call for cinnamon and vanilla in the custard, but that does sound tasty. Maybe we'll try it next time.
That's funny! I almost made French toast this morning. :-)
The funny thing about the French Toast Alert is that apart from cans of soup, the ingredients for FT are about everything* you see flying off shelves before a storm.

*OK, except beer, and up here, you can get both kinds of "bread" in the supermarket, which makes laying in that all important supply of provisions so much easier.
That's exactly why it's called a French Toast Alert. Someone realized that when a snowstorm is coming, people always buy up all the eggs, milk, and bread. Why? Who knows? Maybe everyone wants to make French toast. And so the French Toast Alert system was born.
Don't know if you like Nutella but this is one of my favorite challah french toast recipes:

http://mantias.blogspot.com/2007/01/world-nutella-day.html
I haven't heard of Nutella; maybe we'll look into it....
I wish I could take credit for it, but I can't.
For the next snowstorm, maybe I can convince Nomi to make pancakes.

Pancakes aren't that hard to make (neither, as you have documented, is french toast). Perhaps you can convince yourself to make it :-)
Nomi is a better cook than I am, so she cooks and I do the dishes. That said, in a pinch I could probably make the French toast myself. But then how would I take the pictures? :-)

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Best. French. Toast. Alert. Post. Ever.
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