I love my job! No, really, I love my job! But sometimes I want to escape.
I find myself daydreaming about “getting away from it all.” In my mind I jump on a plane and head to South America and the sun-drenched beaches and colorful jungles, where the steakhouse reigns supreme and fresh seafood is actually fresh. Or, I head to Europe with the snowy mountains and bustling cities I have seen in the movies. I see myself sitting in a trendy café with a flaky pastry and someone named John Pierre pouring a steaming café au lait.
Alas, my own little café and bakery doesn’t allow much time for getting away (or for daydreaming, for that matter) so I have to settle for traveling through my kitchen. I love to try recipes from other cultures and countries. One of my standard favorites is French Toast. Who knew that old bread could be so delicious when given a new life by drenching it in custard? What follows is a sinful twist on my standard French Toast recipe. Instead of old bread, I use a homemade cinnamon roll! Don’t feel badly about using a store-bought roll, though. The results will still be deliciously gooey. This is just as delicious as a fun “dessert” for a late morning brunch as it is for a main course.
3 large eggs
½ Cup whole milk
¼ Cup orange juice
1 T vanilla
1/8 t cinnamon
2 T butter
4 cinnamon rolls with frosting
- In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, then add the milk, orange juice, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk together.
- Slice the cinnamon rolls in half horizontally. Dip them in the custard.
- In a skillet, melt 2 T butter.
- Add the dipped pieces of cinnamon roll in a single layer, and cook until golden on both sides (about 3 minutes on each side).
- Put them on plates and serve with powdered sugar, cinnamon and syrup.