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We Can Do It Better: Gingerbread French Toast

Back around Christmas time I saw on TV that the chain restaurant Denny’s was serving Gingerbread French toast.  I thought that sounded delicious and decided we needed to try making it ourselves.  Unfortunately we didn’t have time to try making them before Christmas.  But while gingerbread men are a traditional Christmas cookie, just plain gingerbread is more of just a general wintertime treat, so there’s still time to make gingerbread French toast!

Some basic research revealed a plethora of recipes calling themselves gingerbread French toast.  I feared we were too late to jump on the gingerbread French toast bandwagon.  However, upon closer inspection we realized most of these recipes didn’t actually use gingerbread!  They just used regular bread and added gingerbread spices to it (or were weird things that didn’t even look like French toast, but that’s another story).  But where’s the fun in that?

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The Cereal Report: French Toast Crunch Returns At Last Pt. 1

Ten years… it’s been almost ten long years since General Mills discontinued one of the greatest cereals of all time. A cereal which not only tasted great, but also had a really fun novelty and gimmick. A cereal which produced exceptional cereal-milk. And a cereal which was pretty good for you as far as sweet ones go. I speak of course of French Toast Crunch…

 

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About one month ago, the big GM announced they had plans to resurrect the long-gone cereal, and at long last, French Toast Crunch is back on shelves. Words can’t express what a glorious time this is for mankind. Naturally, I sought it out as soon as possible because this was going to be one of the most important Cereal Report entries this website may ever see. We live on Long Island, and it took a couple weeks for it to make it here, but now it should be readily accessible in grocery stores like Path-Mark, Shop Rite, Waldbaum’s and others…

 

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Recipe Time! Francakes (French Toast Pancakes)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It gets your body going and gives you energy to get your day started.  During the week breakfast is usually cereal, toast, oatmeal, a bagel, or a smoothie.  But come the weekend, breakfast gets to be a bit fancier.  On Sundays Erik and I usually make either French toast or pancakes for breakfast (okay, and also occasionally crepes or waffles, but they’re not relevant to this post).  One day we had the genius idea – what would happen if we combined them in to one mega-breakfast food?  And thus, Francakes were born.  A wonderful combination of French toast and pancakes.  Light and fluffy like a pancake, yet cinnamon-y like French toast.  The best part is if you know how to make French toast (which you should), and how to make pancakes, you can most certainly easily make Francakes.

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Food 101: How To Make French Toast

Breakfast is probably the least sacred of meals during the day, often getting skipped due to time constraints and laziness. Which is unfortunate since breakfast is incredibly important from a biological and diet standpoint, and also because there’s some delightful treats that you don’t really see in any other meals the rest of the day. The ‘Big Three’, as I like to call them, which include pancakes, waffles, and french toast, are the three best and most important breakfast meals you can have at your disposal. They’re foundations that can be eaten many different ways and are really friggin’ delicious. Sadly, pancakes take a bit of preparation even with box mixes, and waffles require borderline commercial-grade machinery in order to be made. As such, those two are a bit of a stretch for everyone with a busy lifestyle. That’s why Meg and I save those for the weekends. However, french toast meanwhile is quick and easy enough for you to prepare any day of the week before going to work. And don’t be lazy, freezer french toast isn’t gonna save you that much time in the long run. If you have about 10 minutes, you can make french toast.

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