So…Mother’s day. I know it just passed but this is the first chance I’ve had to post! Back to the day. My mom to me is the most amazing person I know. She is the rock in my family and I don’t know what we would do without her. Honestly, she keeps the peace between everyone. I knew that for Mother’s day I wanted to do something special, because she needs a break.
With so many recipes on the internet and in my cookbooks, you can imagine what a hard time I had choosing one! I am as always a huge overachiever so I wanted to make a million things, unfortunately most things I wanted to make required the oven and the poor oven can’t make more than one item at a time. Oh the choices. So I looked around my kitchen and what do I find but my heart shaped cookie cutter. MUST use it. I also know that my mom doesn’t want anything tooooooo sweet.
So. I decided on French Toast eggs in a basket, or as I call them, “Eggs in a French Basket” *hehe*. These were so fun to make! I had to make some part of it sweet so while I didn’t put any sugar in the soak for the large toast, when I dipped the cut out hearts I added maple syrup and cinnamon to the eggs and milk. YUM!
I couldn’t just leave it with that. So I cut up some mango slices from these wonderful mangos we had just bought and I melted some dark chocolate in a double boiler. I mixed the dark chocolate with some homemade granola that I had made the week before. It was like a little mango parfait with chocolate granola.
Finally, I made my mom her favourite cappuccino. Luckily our espresso machine had been fixed by then (it was torture when it was gone). I also have a little french press style foamer that I use for the cappucino and it’s my mom’s favourite part.
She was so happy when my dad and I came to her with breakfast in bed. The meal was great and my dad and I brought our plates up too so we had a little family gathering in the morning on their bed. It was really sweet, peaceful, and restful. It was the perfect start to the day.
Eggs in a French Basket
6 slices bread, artisan bread is best! (day old)
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350F, line a deep dish pan with a piece of parchment, use two pans if all slices won’t fit on one
Using a cookie cutter (I used a heart) cut out the centre of each slice of bread and don’t throw out the centres.
Whisk together 4 eggs and 1/2 cup milk (you may need to add eggs and milk, depending on how much the bread absorbs). Dip each slice of bread into the egg/milk mixture and place into the pans (not the centres). Crack an egg into the centre of each piece of bread. Put in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the eggs are set.
Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat. To the rest of the egg/milk mixture, add the maple syrup and cinnamon. Dip the centres into this mixture and fry on the pan until golden brown on both sides.
Serve together with fruit or any side!