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French toast with some leftover Tartine basic country bread

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PiPs

French toast with some leftover Tartine basic country bread

Saturday morning ... kids rise early and greet a sunny new day. And while they busy themselves with play and squabbles I defrost some slices of Tartine Country Bread. We rarely have leftover bread in our freezer so French toast feels like such a treat. Little faces light up and impatiently circle the kitchen as the soft crumb of the Tartine Bread slowly absorbs the milk and egg. 

Then a patter of feet to the table as the frypan starts sizzling while calls are made for more cinnamon sugar than ever before. We politley respond in the negative. We like sweet French toast in our house. Simple and slightly sweet.
A light dusting of cinnamon and sugar. Perhaps a dollop of natural yogurt and blueberries.

Energy for a big blue day outside ...

Best wishes for the upcoming weekend ... looks like a rainy one here,
Phil

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Jeremy

What no bloody maple syrup, you poor lad...got to send you a care package from Vermont!

 

Ta,

Jeremy

 

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PiPs

Ha Ha ... REAL maple syrup?

We are poor unfortunate souls here :(

I think we do have a bottle of some kind maple syrup flavoured concoction hiding somewhere in our kitchen. Problem is the kids tend to be VERY heavy handed with it.

Good to hear from you Jeremy

Phil

 

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varda

It still looks delicious.   And definitely good kite and soccer ball fuel.    -Varda

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PiPs

It was good! That tartine crumb just melts in the mouth ...

The kids ran themselves ragged ... was a scorcher of a day as well!

Cheers,
Phil

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gmagmabaking2

The story and the pictures were as enjoyable as I am sure the French Toast was... very well done, Phil!

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PiPs

Thanks!

The post was short and sweet like the French toast :)

Cheers,
Phil

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Janetcook

Phil,

Kites in the air and staying there!  I was just talking to my 15 year old son about kite flying the other day....we were having 80 mph winds  :-0 at the time.....Kites here simply do not fly due the unpredictable nature of our winds so it is lovely to see that your kids do get to enjoy the wonders of kite flying and that you can send them outside this time of year to run off their lively energy in a healthful manner :-)

The French toast looks wonderful!  I have never tried making it out of a lean dough....I have always used sandwich type of breads so  you have given me a new idea.....I will have to bake a loaf especially for French Toast and see what the kids think.  Around here French toast is saved for dinners - usually on Sundays...weird, I know but waffles and pancakes are Sunday dinners too.....mom's night off of meal planning :-)

Thanks for another wonderful idea!  ( I would make some this weekend but I have already planned to make Pat's (proth5) sourdough waffles....another favorite here with chocolate chips added.....)

Take Care, 

Janet

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PiPs

I grew up flying kites on top of a hill. I remember spending hours flying them, thinking I was controlling them around the sky. The breeze was so good you could just pop the reel over a fence peg, go inside and have lunch come back out and the kite would still be dancing around the sky.

It's funny, we used to have crepes as a dinner treat as kids. I would never have thought of having french toast. ... ponder, ponder, ponder....

Cheers,
Phil 

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sonia101

Geez I really need to stop logging into TFL, now I'm craving sourdough pizza and french toast! Your post just gave me the best idea, if I slice my latest sourdough disaster and make french toast smothered in maple syrup we might eat it! lol

BTW really nice photos!

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PiPs

Hi sonia101,

French toast saves all!

Cheers,
Phil 

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lumos

I've just had breakfast but feeling hungry again by looking at your photos!  You've got really lovely crumb in your Tartine bread.  Just the sort I like.

We can buy maple syrup in any supermarket in UK, imported from Canada, but when I want to have a little change and want to have a bit more delicate/subtle companion to my french toast or pancakes, I often use honey instead. It works great.

 

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PiPs

Thanks Lumos,

I wouldn't call Tartine our everyday bread ... but it's really nice as a treat. It's perfect for French toast ... You can tip a spoonful of milk/egg mixture on top of a tower of slices and it finds its way through all the holes.

I like maple syrup ... but didn't grow up on it ... It's not my first choice of topping.

Cheers,
Phil 

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FlourChild

Must say that you take gorgeous photos!  So nice to picture your family gathering around a beautiful homemade breakfast, thanks for the smiles :)

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PiPs

Glad you liked it FlourChild,

It's what homemade bread is all about.

Cheers,
Phil

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sweetbird

I love the story, the pictures and the little slice of life in your lively household. "Play and squabbles" made me smile. Sweet & lovely!

Janie

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PiPs

Thanks Janie,

It was just a snippet ... there is never play without squabbles here.

Cheers,
Phil 

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dabrownman

Somehow you even managed to bake the loaf to fit the frying pan perfectly too!  You really have to be thinking far in advance to pull that off.  Now I'm thinking you are an alien again.  I suppose it could be worse.    Photos and accompanying light verse are again inspirational ..........even for galactic bakers :-)

I have always loved everything about kites.  You can make miniature box kites ( and others), about 6" square, from tracing paper, white glue and tooth picks that actually fly.   My daughter and I, when she was young, would design, build, paint and fly them nearly out of sight - not hard since they were so small.  We would spend hours together doing these fun projects.  Now she is in college and has nearly forgotten it ever happened.   There is one only example left that survived the crashes from more than a dozen years ago.  I miss those days but at least I can still remember them :-)  It is a shame my daughter and I never baked bread together.

Do you live in a hot desert like me or a hot rain forest?  Cheers mate! 

 

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PiPs

Don't even get me started about kites :) I have been a lover of kites ever since I was a young lad.

Recently I became hooked on building and flying indian fighter kites made from tissue paper, bamboo and string. These ones have a fiberglass bow but the rest is paper, wood and string ... and a bit of glue. Please ignore my skungy kite box that they are sitting on :)

They are even more fun to fly than a dual line sports kite ... keep you on your toes!!!

Cheers from Brisbane (Hot and humid - though today is cool and rainy)
Phil 

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dabrownman

fighting kites very popular in Japan too?  I think I saw a TV special on the National Geographic or PBS on them.  Very serious business and incredible flying skills required. 

Maybe we should try to get fighting kite flying added to the Olympics.  It would be way more fun to watch than the walkers or ......... and the attacking, slashing and crashing kites would spectacular in slow mo.  We could always rig them with explosives for the promo........  Another fine fantasy you pushed me into!  I preferred the Angelina Jolie one a little more I think :-)

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EvaB

and my mother called the French toast Mennonite toast (plain people plain bread plain eggs) because she used just eggs with either a bit of canned milk, or water if we were really down to the bone, no sugar, and since the bread was home made, had no enrichments (water, flour yeast and less than 2 tablespoons of sugar for four loaves of bread)  it was very plain indeed. We did have home made maple syrup which was brown sugar dissolved in water, with a drop of so of Mapleline extract added (read fake maple flavour) and of course butter.

I never ate "real" French toast until my brother met his wife, she wouldn't make it without vanilla and sugar in the eggs! I can't say that it was too bad, just not really what I had grown up with.

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Mebake

Nice narrative, Phil! My kind of Weekend.

Best wishes!