Wow. Has this fall ever sped by! Was it the same for you? Since our three kids are grown and grandkids aren’t nearby, I no longer decorate for Halloween beyond a big pumpkin or two at the front door. And thus, it seems as if the holiday comes and goes in a flash. And then we are on to Thanksgiving!
I love Thanksgiving. The familiar recipes from my childhood, the new ones that we’ve added over the years, and oh, how lovely it is to welcome lots of company for that meal! The company–friends and relatives–are truly what makes that day special.
Do you have a particular recipe that is essential for your Thanksgiving celebration? I imagine our menu is the same as most everyone else–the big meal followed by all of the yummy homemade pies, but where we tend to vary is at breakfast.
With dinner served late afternoon to accommodate everyone’s schedules, we usually make a big breakfast including homemade caramel pecan rolls, or something equally fun. Here is one of the recipes we love. Enjoy!
French Toast with Warmed Praline Syrup
3 eggs slightly beaten
2/3 cup whole or 2% milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (real!)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
8 one-inch thick slices of French Bread, sliced on the diagonal (a slant, for longer pieces)
5 Tbsp butter, melted –for the 9×13 pan
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg in a bowl, pour into a 9×13, then lay the bread out onto this milk mixture in a single layer for several minutes. Flip the slices and let soak until all liquid is absorbed. Note: some folks may want to reduce or eliminate the sugar.
Pour butter (NOT margarine) in a second 9×13 pan sprayed with Pam, spread it evenly. Now, put the slices single layer into this buttered pan. Bake 13-15 minutes, turn slices over and bake 10-12 minutes or until the tops are nicely golden. Serve immediately with the warm syrup.
Make this while the bread slices are baking.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp butter (not margarine)
1/3 cup pecans, chopped fine
Blend first four ingredients in large glass bowl. Microwave until it starts to boil. Stir well. Microwave 1-2 minutes longer. Add butter and pecans, mix well, then cover with foil to keep warm. Reheat gently if needed.
What are some of your holiday favorites? I would love to hear about them!
For those who comment, there will be a drawing of your choice: an e-copy of the new Sweet Christmas Kisses III anthology, or an e-copy of my December 2016 Love Inspired novel, An Aspen Creek Christmas.