Kaitlyn & Skylar,
Happy 4th of July! Wish we were able to celebrate together.
This morning, I decided to make french toast. But, you know this isn’t just any ordinary french toast. I remember the first time I made it for you when the two of you were little. Rather than make waffles (cornmeal, beer-battered, french toast or pumpkin) as I usually did on a Saturday morning, I decided to make french toast instead. By the end of the meal, Kaitlyn had dubbed my creation “daddy’s delicious french toast!” The name has stuck ever since.
What began that first Saturday morning, as fresh cinnamon raisin bread cut about 1/4 to 1/2 inch think and battered with an egg, milk and cinnamon mix, became more delicious each time we made it. Eventually, our go-to recipe was this batter along with my secret ingredient, a generous dose of vanilla extract, and a couple of loaves of cinnamon raisin bread and english toasting bread from Fitzgerald’s market.
In time, we developed a division of labor, too. Instead of watching daddy make breakfast, the two of you wanted to help. Kaitlyn would crack the eggs and stir them up. Sky would add the vanilla, cinnamon and milk. Then, the two of you took turns mixing the batter. Daddy would make the coffee, slice the bread, flip it in the batter 6-8 times (bread needs a good soaking!) and get the french toast on the griddle. The two of you would do the flipping, get your orange juice or milk and set the table.
Just typing this, I can see the smiles on your faces, the two of you helping and then all of us eating our yummy creation together. Sky always used her fingers to wipe up and eat the leftover maple syrup on her plate.
I never tired of making the two of you these special breakfasts. In fact, I looked forward to your request, “Daddy, can we make Daddy’s delicious french toast this weekend?” Those words warmed my heart. I enjoyed this experience with you so much. And, since there were always leftovers, I also got the added treat of you asking for french toast during the week before school.
The best version of our recipe is by far using a couple of cinnamon nut logs from Dot’s Pastry Shop in Ocean City, NJ as the bread. All you need for the batter is 6-8 eggs and 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups of 2% milk. Everything else yummy and delicious is in the bread!
No matter the recipe for Daddy’s delicious french toast, it will always taste better when I make it with the two of you. It is just not the same without you.
I love both of you “to the end of the universe and back, and then some,” always.