I was going to put a post about the cold noodle salad with strawberry vinaigrette, but I need to push it back a bit. Because…
Mother’s Day is coming. I have a great recipe to share that allow Moms in the world to be treated well — and easy for the family.
Even moms that love to cook sometimes need a break. They get their wish come true on Mother’s day – Daddy and/or Children take her out for brunch, or even better, make a home-cooked meal! Nice!
Here’s an easy freezable French toast trick I found in a Japanese cooking magazine. You can make a large batch this weekend, eat some and freeze the rest to have your family bring to your bedside from on Mother’s day (and beyond).
Mother’s Day Treat (Freezable) French Toast
- Slice French bread in 1” thick pieces. Place all of them cut side down in a flat container.
- For 8 oz French bread, mix 2 eggs, 2-4 TBS sugar, 1 C milk, a little bit of vanilla essence or cinnamon, and pour it all over the bread. Let the bread soak up the egg mixture completely (5-10 min), turning it once.
- For portions that will be frozen: Wrap individual portion with plastic wrap, with cut side down (if wrapping two or more together, make sure it’s wrapped side by side like on the photo, not on top of each other). Put them on the cookie sheet with sides to avoid leakage, and freeze.
- For Mother’s Day, or whenever you want to have your family make this it for you: : ) Remove the plastic wrap, melt 1-2 ts butter in a skillet at low heat. Place frozen French Toasts and cook for 4-5 minutes with lid on. When it’s golden brown on the bottom, flip them, place lid again, and cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with maple syrup.
- If they are not frozen, just cook with butter, without lid until golden brown.
We didn’t have any French bread, nor maple syrup, so made it with ciabatta, ate it as it is without syrup. It was chewy, yet moist and delicious!
So go ahead and make some this weekend, and have the frozen version ready to go for your family to treat you to breakfast in bed later on Mother’s day.
As in this recipe, save some basic things you cooked previously, things like various sautéed vegetables, vegetable and meat mixtures etc. and give your family some written instructions. Your sous-chef of the house (husband and children) will be able to assemble meals when you are away, busy or you need a break! Look under “batch and fridge” or “batch and freeze” categories on my blog for ideas for food to keep on hand, and what you can do with them. As a matter of fact, when I got pneumonia last fall, these batched items in our fridge and freezer literary saved our lives, and upgraded my husband’s status as a Kitchen Wizard. Because of that incident, when I was still in Japan about a month ago, but he was back in the US, I didn’t have to stock up food before I left as usual. What a treat!
In case you are wondering, my husband never really cook much in the past, so if he can do it, your husband and/or children can do it too!
Talking about batching, if you have that strawberries and radish from the last post sitting around, it may be a bit limp and jammy… Actually they are quite good with these French Toast as a topping. If you cannot stand the idea of radish with the French toast, just pick them out. You won’t even notice.
So what do you do with leftover egg mix in the container? How about making an easy dessert?
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The Japanese noodle salad with strawberry soy dipping sauce will be posted after that…