April 23, 2016
Mother's Day Baked French Toast
This particular post is coming to you from thousands of feet above the ground in an airplane. I’m currently flying home to my kids after being away from them for five days in NYC celebrating 7 years with the love of my life. We ate our hearts out and probably walked a marathon's distance while exploring the city. To say that this little getaway couldn’t have come at a better time would be an understatement. That said, it’s funny how instantly and desperately you miss the little people who drove you to need a getaway in the first place.
... to make showing gratitude to the awesome women in your life easy and decadent.
This afternoon, I called my own mom to check in on the kids before we boarded our flight. She gave me a rundown of the day’s activities: holding the baby lambs, playing on the slip n’ slide, pizza, burgers, french fries and quiet time with books about insects and moose. Before being in the care of their grandma, a dear friend graciously watched them for four days. I was overwhelmed with gratitude as she sent me pictures of my kids eating breakfast and folding laundry with her. When I FaceTimed them, they told me that she was snuggling them before bed. My heart bursted.
Right now I can’t help but say I love being a mom because I genuinely am missing it so so much. I miss Wally’s wonderfully terrible morning breath, Scout’s inquisitive mind and Ramona’s pouty lips as she asks for m-m-mook (milk). Aside from my revived love for motherhood, I am thankful to be surrounded by moms who love me so much that they would, not only, give up their time to merely babysit my kids, but they are making memories with them and loving them!
We have teamed up with Hatchery, our favorite online marketplace for specialty goods, to make showing gratitude to the awesome women in your life easy and decadent. Last year Holly came up with the recipe for this baked french toast when we were catering a wedding (don’t ask, we’re never doing it again) and we have been holding it in our back pocket for today because we wanted something that—seriously—ANYONE can make (we’re looking at you dads and kids). In the event that breakfast in bed isn’t your Mother’s Day vibe, this recipe is a perfect way to let your little one’s feel like they are a part of your world as you cook together. And, in the event that there is a woman you’d like to spoil who is too far away to cook for, Hatchery ships and our recipes are printable!
We have pulled together a list (see below) of some of our absolute favorite toppings for baked french toast and even included a few mix-ins for that fancy mimosa every lady deserves. Hatchery has done all the hard work so that this mother’s day you can spoil the women in your life who deserve it the most.
Mother's Day Baked French Toast
|8 cups||torn challah bread, roughly 1 inch in size|
|2 tbsp||butter, for greasing pan|
|1 cup||heavy cream|
|3/4 cup||whole milk|
|2 tsp||vanilla extract|
|2 tsp||ground cinnamon|
|Noble Hand Crafted Tonic 01: Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup|
|The Jam Stand You’re My Boy BLUE-berry Bourbon Jam|
|CC Made Chicory Coffee Caramel Sauce|
|1 bottle||sparkling wine, champagne or prosecco|
|LIBER & CO. Real Grenadine|
|American Juice Company Lady Lychee Cocktail Blend|
|Raft Hibiscus Lavender Syrup|
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Prepare a 9X4 bread pan by greasing or line with parchment paper.
- Roughly tear up challah bread and evenly scatter in the baking dish.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together heavy cream, whole milk, vanilla and cinnamon and pour the wet ingredients over the bread.
- On the center rack, bake for 45 minutes to an hour until cooked through.
- For our Mimosa's we like to use 25/75 ration. Use anyone of Hatchery’s syrups listed for the "25" and combine with sparkling white wine, champagne or prosecco.