July 06, 2010

two things

1) when i posted that old picture of oliver last week with the lilly pollen all over his "who me? i'm innocent!" face, shauna astutely pointed out that it was a great candidate for a caption involving cheetos. so naturally i marched myself on over to i can has cheezburger and made myself a lolcat.

(to everyone who was worried about oliver poisoning himself on the lillies: thanks for your concern! i do know lillies are potentially toxic to cats - the first incident which resulted in that picture was back when oliver was a kitten, and i did not know about his "i will eat everything living that you bring into the house" thing until then. lesson learned. which is why i was keeping the lillies in the bathroom this time! but he's no worse for wear - he regularly eats highly ridiculous things like cardboard and stinkbugs. he's fairly indestructible.)

2) when i had my college roommate over for brunch last weekend, i made a new french toast recipe that turned out SO DARN WELL that i've actually been daydreaming about it ever since and can't wait to make it again. it's delicious! and easy! i super-duper recommend it! here is the recipe, adapted from epicurious. it looks kind of long and involved, but i promise, it is neither of those things.

Challah French Toast with Berry Sauce

For French toast:
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 (1-lb) challah loaf, cut crosswise into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices (no end pieces)
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

[note: using these quantities, i didn't have enough mix to soak all the bread, so i ended up making a second batch with another 2 eggs and unmeasured quantities of sugar, milk, vanilla & cinnamon. also, the original recipe did not actually call for vanilla or cinnamon, so i'm hugely guessing on how much of those i used.]

For berry sauce:
3 cups mixed berries such as blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

[note: as commenters on the original recipe suggested, i used 1.5 cups of (cheap!) frozen berries for the puree, then fresh berries for the mixed-in part. also i probably used 2+ cups of fresh berries, not the 1.5 it calls for, but i wanted the sauce nice and thick with whole berries.]

Prepare French toast:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and salt [and vanilla & cinnamon!] until blended. Pour into a large baking pan and soak bread slices in 1 layer, turning once, 8 minutes. [i don't know where these people get their baking pans, but i could barely fit my challah slices into TWO pans.]

Prepare berry sauce while bread is soaking:
Purée 1 1/2 cups berries with sugar and lemon juice in a blender. If you want to eliminate seeds, force purée through a very fine sieve into a bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl and fold in remaining berries.

Cook French toast:
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet or griddle over moderately high heat until foam subsides. Transfer 4 soaked bread slices to skillet and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Cook remaining bread in 2 batches, adding more butter as needed. Transfer slices as cooked to a large shallow baking pan [i greased mine with butter first] and, when all are browned, bake in middle of oven until hot, about 5 minutes.

Serve French toast with berry sauce.



  1. OMG the lolcat, it is killing me, because YES, and also YES.

  2. Yeah I'm all sorts of hungry now.

    And Oliver is AWESOME.

  3. Your kitty is such a cutie!
    And, damn, I want to try that French toast RIGHT NOW.

  4. Your challah French toast recipe reminds me of a French toast recipe my mom makes ... with day old croissants and orange rinds and all sorts of rich and yummy stuff. It's out of this world!!

  5. HAHAHHAHAHAHA - awesome.

    Oliver is freaking adorable. :)

  6. I love that picture.
    Also, I don't want to make french toast. I want YOU to make french toast and invite me over for brunch! ;)

  7. That LOLcat is perfect... & that french toast sounds amazing!

  8. hehe i love the lolcat

  9. Did your Oliver picture make it to the cheezburger homepage? What a cutie!

  10. will you please bring me that french toast to cleveland? i'm currently in a lebron depression and need a pick me up

  11. LOVE the pic of Oliver! When Kip was a puppy I had this plant in my apartment that my mom kept telling me was poisonous to dogs. One day while I was gone, Kip knocked over the plant and ate all the leaves. I was freaking out and convinced he was going to die, and he never missed a beat. That was my first experience with what I now refer to as the stomach of iron.