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Baked French Toast

I haven’t posted in a while so I’m feeling some pressure to come back with something pretty amazing so you’ll remember how much you’ve missed me.

I’ve certainly missed you! And I’ve had so many blog worthy treats and thoughts in my head over the last few weeks, but nary a moment to write them down.
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I think you’ll be pleased with my pick.  It’s probably one of my favourite brunch/potluck dishes. And, so easy to whip together the night before or the morning of.    Best served slightly warm, this is a great week-end dish, bursting with fresh blueberries and nutmeg.   The pecan crumble on top is a must.

Trust me.

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I have served this at many brunches and everyone loves it.  This week-end I decided to try it in my Wilton Shell Pan.  The warm individual French Toasts popped out on to our plates like a dream.

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We serve it up with some homemade blueberry sauce ~ which let me tell you is not necessary but takes this dish over the top!

Baked French Toast

* adapted from The Pioneer Woman

◾1 loaf French Bread
◾10 Eggs
◾2 1/2 cups Half and Half Cream
◾1/2 cup Sugar
◾1/2 cup Brown Sugar
◾2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
◾ 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

For the Topping:
◾1/2 cup Flour
◾1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
◾1 teaspoon Cinnamon
◾1/4 teaspoon Salt
◾ 1/2 cup Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
◾ 1 cup chopped pecans
◾ 1 cup Blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.  This can be cooked in 2 deep dish pie plates or a 9 x 13 pan.  Tear the bread into chunks and evenly distribute in the pan. Scatter fresh blueberries throughout the bread.  Whisk together the eggs, cream, sugars, nutmeg and vanilla. Pour over the bread and berries. Cover the pan and refrigerate- you can bake it now or in the morning!

2. In a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pecans.  Add the butter and mix with a fork or pastry blender until the butter is crumbled. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

3.  When you’re ready to bake, remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping evenly on top. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

 

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Mini Wild Blueberry and Cream Cheese Trifles

May seems to be flying by and I can’t believe I missed my one year blog anniversary!   One year ago on Mother’s Day I started this crazy adventure and somehow wrangled my husband into doing the pictures for me.

I had no idea what blogging would entail.   No really, I had NO idea what I was doing.  Photography?  Food styling? I’m just a girl who loves to bake yummy things and share them with others.  And I still have a lot to learn.

The world is such a small place for bloggers and foodies alike.  I can’t believe the mail I’ve received from people who live in some pretty amazing places.  I love to hear from you!  I love to receive all of your questions and comments.   There are actually more people than just me who think frosting should be added as the 5th food group.

Who knew!

I have learned so much from you too.  I am constantly amazed by the other sites I visit.  Some of you have been a real inspiration to me!  Let’s see where this road takes us, shall we?  I’m excited to see what the next year brings.

Mini Wild Blueberry and Cream Cheese Trifles

*make these in disposable cups for easy clean-up!

*recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction

  •  5 slices of ready made pound cake cut into small cubes
  • 250 g cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • wild blueberry sauce – I used about 1 1/2 cups of my homemade Wild Blueberry and Lemon Preserves (here)

1.  Whip cream cheese, vanilla, cream, lemon zest and sugar in a small bowl until soft peaks form.

2.  I layered the cream cheese whip, pound cake and blueberry sauce in disposable plastic wine cups.  Yield 7 dessert cups.

Enjoy!

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Buttermilk Scones with Clotted Cream

What a beautiful morning!  The sun is shining through every window and I can hear the birds outside!  It’s a bit unusual though because my house is eerily quiet and I’m the only one home this morning.  It’s just me and the dog.

I must say the peace is heavenly…..

O.K. ….two really important things are happening today…

First, it’s my friend’s birthday.  Happy Birthday girl!  She lives in London, England and is currently roaming the streets of Italy with another friend of ours.  I am so jealous, envious, HAPPY for them!  They will be eating great food and drinking great wine.   Cheers to you my friend, have a wonderful day.

Second, I made Clotted Cream yesterday and am feeling all smug and proud of myself.  It’s a cross between butter and whipped cream.  I sometimes buy English Double Devon as a treat for myself but it is hard to find and costly.   My girlfriend and I had a Cream Tea on one of my last nights in England a few years ago and it was “lovely’ as she says.  Homemade scones piled high with Clotted Cream and preserves, and of course a cup of tea.  Delish.   How appropriate that I made it the day before her birthday then.  And here I sit, birthday morning, thinking of my friend, eating one of these goodies with the homemade preserves I made here.

The Clotted Cream is ridiculously easy.  Almost embarrassing frankly, for my inflated ego at the moment.  Use the heaviest whipping cream you can find, with a high fat content (mine was 35%).  Pour 4 cups into a heavy-bottomed oven safe pan.  Cover and place in the oven at 180° and leave it for 12 hours.  Untouched.  Done.  No kidding.  Remove after 12 hours (try not to slosh the cream during transport) and allow to cool for about an hour.  Place in the fridge over night and tah-dah!  When you wake, there will be a glorious, thick layer of clotted cream on top.  Skim off with a slotted spoon and put in a jar.  Use on scones, pancakes, muffins, etc.  The remaining heavy cream can still be used for baking.  Shamelessly easy, but still feelin smug.

The scones are Buttermilk Scones from Nigella Lawson.  These are not sweet which makes them a perfect fit for cream and preserves.  So easy to make and I made them this morning in under 1/2 hour.  One of the reasons scones tend to be so dry is because they are baked far too long.  Twelve minutes is all that’s needed.   Once the scones are dry on the bottom, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Nigella Lawson’s Buttermilk Scones

  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons soft vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten, for an egg wash (optional)
  • 1 large lipped baking sheet or half sheet pan
  • 1 (2-inch) biscuit cutter, preferably fluted

Preheat the oven to 425° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

1.  Put the flour into a bowl with the baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar. Chop the butter and the vegetable shortening into pieces and drop them into the flour. Rub the fats into the flour – or just mix any old how – and then pour in the buttermilk, working everything together to form a dough.

2..Lightly flour your work surface. Pat the dough into a round-edged oblong about 1 3/4 inches thick and cut out 2-inch scones with a biscuit cutter. (Mine are never a uniform height, as I only pat the dough into its shape without worrying whether it’s irregular or not.)

3.  Arrange the scones fairly close together on your lined baking sheet, and brush with beaten egg (to give golden tops) or not as you wish.

4.  Bake for 12 minutes, by which time the scones will be dry on the bottom and have a relatively light feel. Remove them to a wire rack to cool, and serve with clotted cream and your favourite jam.

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