Saturday, July 23, 2011


"They ate stale cornflakes and cold tinned tomatoes on toast for breakfast the next day"
(Sorcerer's Stone 42).

Toast is another item that appears over and over throughout the Harry Potter series. Usually it is marked by people running around packing things, or else nibbling at it nervously prior to quidditch matches. But as we now know, its first appearance is in a dingy motel room with the Dursleys. 

Breakfast is my very favorite thing to cook. But toast is... well... not really cooking. But just for good measure, to make toast--

You Will Need:
Slices of your favorite type of bread
Your favorite spread
A toaster

1. Place bread in toaster and select cook time based on how browned you would like your toast.

2. Spread toast with your favorite spread (butter, jam, marmalade, perhaps vegemite if you happen to be from Down Under), and eat joyfully. Or maybe feed it to your owl like Harry so often does.

Okay! Thank goodness that's out of the way. One of my favorite breakfast entrees to make is Baked French Toast (recipe complements of the lovely Mrs. Terpstra, mother of a friend of mine). But sadly, French Toast never appears in Harry Potter. So we're going to make it now! Yay toast!

You Will Need:
1 Loaf French Bread/Baguette
1 Stick margarine or butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
5 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a baking dish (9x13 or bigger) with cooking spray.
2. Melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar and cinnamon.

3. Spread the butter mixture into the greased pan.
4. Whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla.
5. Slice bread into 1" slices and dip both sides VERY generously in the egg mixture.

6. Place dipped bread slices on pan, in the butter/sugar, and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Baked French Toast is one of my absolute favorites, so I hope you like it (I'm sure the kids at Hogwarts would have if it had been an option)! A helpful note: You can prep everything the night before and refrigerate it before baking the next day if you're strapped for time.  Bon appetit!

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