Well, folks - when the cat's away, the mice will play. . . . . . with their crock pot, that is!
Y had to work tonight, so for dinner I whipped out a recipe from a great cookbook I got from the library: "Brinner" French Toast Casserole. Breakfast for dinner - how fun!
First step: Spray the inside of your crock pot with non-stick spray.
Cube a loaf of cinnamon-raisin swirl bread, layer it inside with pats of butter.
(Good thing I went to Aldi's this morning! It's a bargain at only $1.19 a loaf.)
Next: The egg mixture. 8 eggs, whole milk, half-and-half, some syrup, a bit of cinnamon.
Pour over the bread cubes. Smush 'em down a bit, so they get nice and soaked.
Mix together butter, brown sugar, and oats. Sprinkle this topping over the bread mixture.
. . . then, let the Crock Pot do its magic! 3 hours on high, let it sit for 15 minutes, and. . . .
. . . yummy, cinnamon, easy, French toast flavor!
I served it to the kids with bacon & canteloupe - and there was just a smidge left for Y to have a sample. A hit! The only down side - I can't see myself making this for a Sunday breakfast, since I'd have to wake up at 5 to start it. Might go on our Thanksgiving Day breakfast menu, though!
**Editor's note: I must explain the title to this post, which was suggested by my kids. About 6 years ago, my kids interviewed my brother and sister-in-law, who were living in Kabul at the time. During the interview, Nathaniel found out that there was a Burger King at the military base just outside of the city. The following is a transcript of the interchange that followed:
"And sometimes, we go on Operation Whopper. . . .we seek out a hamburger!" (my bro)
"Is that legal?" asks wide-eyed Nathaniel.
"It's legal. . . . . and it's DELICIOUS!" (my brother's amused reply)
Since then, it's been a family joke. And now. . . you're in on it!**