Sunday, August 22, 2010

Recipe: Gluten Free, Dairy Free French Toast

French Toast

Growing up, one of my favorite things was having "breakfast for dinner." Most of the time this meant my Mom pulling a tray table up to the dining room table, setting up the electric griddle and cooking French Toast. She would whip together eggs and milk, dip white bread in the mixture, cook it up on the griddle and serve topped with butter, syrup and cinnamon & sugar. She used to keep this little yellow tupperware container of the prepared cinnamon & sugar mixture in the cabinet. It had a little flip top so that you could pour it right onto the French Toast. Thinking about it now, I realized that this is more like dessert for dinner! She'd cook away until the kids were done and then she'd finally make some for herself. My Dad rarely partook in this tradition, he said it was too sweet for him. He'd make a sandwich or have a bowl of cereal instead.

Since going gluten free I have only tried to recreate this recipe once. I can't remember which bread I used but it was a total failure. Last weekend it suddenly dawned on me that Udi's would be the perfect bread to try this again, and I was right on. It was still very different than the original but as that photo above shows, it looked exactly the same. It tasted awesome too despite the fact that the bread is gluten free, the milk is almond milk, the syrup is pure maple (instead of "table syrup" aka high fructose corn syrup) the butter is Earth Balance, and I didn't put cinnamon & sugar on it this time. This is best served on a rainy Sunday morning in front of the tv with a glass of OJ. Enjoy!

Mom's French Toast
gluten and dairy free

1 Egg
As much almond milk as you like
2 sliced of Udi's white bread
Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Pure Maple Syrup

Heat a skillet over medium to med-high heat
Whisk together the egg and almond milk
Soak the bread in the milk making sure both sides are covered
Place slices in the skillet and cook on one side until golden brown
Flip and repeat
Serve with buttery spread and maple syrup

This post is part of what I hope will be a series of posts involving a new recipe every week. I have started a new blog called Jen's Life to the Fullest which is basically my Bucket List. It is a list of things I want to do at some point in my life. Some are lofty, some very basic but I always have a ton of ideas and I have a habit of forgetting or getting lazy. This is a way for me to stay focused. I hope you'll check it out!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Like Me!

Ok, I give in. Everyone's on facebook now so I went ahead and set up a page. I keep my personal FB page private for friends and family only but some GF peeps are good investigators and have found me. I talk enough about the gf life with my friends and family as it is so I don't want to start spamming them with stuff from here on FB so I'm keeping the personal page private but if you want to keep in touch with me via FB just LIKE the A Life of Sugar and Spice page! Link is in the left sidebar. I do have more posts coming soon. I have to tell you about the GIANT whoopie pie that's sitting in my desk right now that I got from a new local GF bakery! That post is coming soon!