12/28/09

rum-soaked french toast w/ pecan butter

Did everyone survive the holiday madness? Any diasters? Everything settle out or down ok? New Year's is right around the corner. I love Christmas, but in all honesty I love New Year's more. I love the celebration of a brand spanking new year. It's like someone came into your home, cleaned everything spotless, organized everything to a perfect ideal system just for you and gave you fresh clean sheets on your brand new bed. I love that! The perfect motivation to start something anew. This new year I am moving into my own home. Finally my own home with my own kitchen. No more greasy, messy rentals with broken appliances that never get fixed, no more wasting, burning rather, your hard earned money on a rental. My current rental I've dubbed as 'the money pit'. Seriously, I've even named my home network/internet connection 'the money pit'. This is the place as many of you remember where the landlord took her time fixing the fridge, then finally realizing (after 2 months) that she should buy a new one. But she didn't take the old one out (it's a wall unit) so the new fridge was put in the living room. Nice! And on top of that the new fridge that she bought was actually a 2-year old floor model that was used on the showroom floor for potential customers to open and close repeatedly, kids to open and slam repeatedly, and who knows what else abuse. She wanted the floor model because....yes, it was cheap. And cheap it was. You should hear the noises that thing makes, it reminds me of the movie Alien. No lie. I have to keep it turned up to the highest setting just to keep it at a nice toasty 35 degrees. Yes, this was the same landlord that didn't want to get the brand new washer & dryer properly fixed. I could go on and on, but in a month I move. But the icing on the cake was the fact that last week the 37-year old oven died. Just two days before Christmas my oven dies. I knew this was coming, but was hoping it would happen the day I moved. None such luck! And get this, the landlord is still undecided on whether or not to put in an oven! Good luck getting it rented with a brand new washer & dryer that doesn't work, a barely working fridge sitting in the living room and now no oven. Crazy right?
I have one more month left in the money pit and with no oven I have to resort my baking & creating to the gas stove. Thank goodness that still works (I should knock on wood at this point right?). This can give me a good excuse to do more with my wok and to flambe more, no? I have to admit I did try a batch of cookies in my ez-bake err toaster oven--it wasn't that bad!

rum-soaked french toast w/ pecan butter

1 large loaf of day old, crusty bread, sliced thick
3 eggs
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of half & half
1/4 cup dark rum
pinch of salt
couple pinches of cinnnnnaminnnaamon

pecan butter

1 stick of room temp butter
1/2 cup or less of toasted, chopped pecans
pinch of salt
couple dashes of vanilla sugar (if you have it)

Make the pecan butter first by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing well. Put into a small dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. You want the flavors to have an hour or so to meld together.

To make the french toast combine all the liquid ingredients, plus the cinnamon and salt in a shallow dish. Whisk this egg batter very well. Slice the crusty bread into desired thickness and let a few slices soak in the rum batter until ready to use. I soaked mine about 5 minutes. Add a few pats of butter to a hot skillet and cook up the french toast. Easy peasy. Make sure to serve with the pecan butter.


40 comments:

  1. You had me at 'rum-soaked.' I'd eat anything rum soaked. Maybe even vegetables.

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  2. Oh sweet baby Jesus that looks HEAVENLY! I'm going to have to try it asap!

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  3. I am so excited for you and your new home. I can't wait to see pictures. You deserve your own kitchen. The French toast looks incredible. Too good to be true!

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  4. rum soaked french toasts..hmmm..super interesting! Actually I agree with you more..I love new year way better..it is more of a ' party time' than any other and its a new year too!!!

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  5. I feel for you Dawn! Last house I rented on my last month the oven also broke and we had to survive 1 month without baking!!! Hard! Hope 2010 brings you all the joy you want, it looks promissing with the house and all! Meanwhile let's enjoy that french toast!

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  6. I am glad you are getting out of there Dawn! I can't wait to see your new digs! I am looking forward to moving this year too! Enjoy your New Year! :)

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  7. What a terrible landlord! I'm so sorry you've had to go through all that! I bet the new place will be pure heaven. I love love french toast. Any with pecan butter? oh my goodness!

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  8. Rum soaked? Rum soaked?! I must have it now!

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  9. woah. must try. here's to a new year!!

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  10. We just had panini's and I sliced the extra bread to use for French toast tomorrow....hmm, you read my mind? It's small, you probably did...

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  11. Dawn baby, you are so almost there! I am very glad for you, I can't wait to hear about your own place and your own kitchen. Let me tell you, it's nice buying the appliances that YOU want... quality and all :)

    And while I HATE changing sheets, there is something really nice about that fresh feeling :)

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  12. So excited for you and your new house. I totally agree that NY is better than Christmas. Christmas is just too commercial these days. I would love to come to your house for brunch some day!

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  13. Congrats on the new pad! I cannot wait to have a kitchen all to my own - definitely going to build a contraption to tackle my crazy amount of spices.

    As for the french toast, looks ahhmazing!

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  14. I wish I was waking up to your French toast tomorrow - it looks fabulous! I'm always excited for NYE too! Happy Holidays!

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  15. aww, Dawn. Don't worry soon enough you'll be in a new place with an oven!! I don't what I'd do without an oven. I want to see the new digs. But first I'm coming over, so that i can have some of that french toast. ;-D

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  16. I'm with you, I am excited about New Year's.

    That french toast looks to die for!

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  17. RUM SOAKED!!! You rock! Happy holiday :)

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  18. Delicious! And such a mouth watering photo too.
    Things will continue to be in a state of disaster here until after New Years. I will feel "new" after I get it all cleaned up!

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  19. Your landlord needs to get her head examined! I'm happy you get to move into your own home! We became homeowners a couple years ago and I would not want it any other way.

    BTW, I'd love to have this french toast. Like Jessica....you had me at rum-soaked!!!

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  20. Lovely photos and I love the touch of rum here in your pain perdu!
    Ronelle

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  21. plenty of rum, plenty of cinnamon, a healthy pat o' awesome butter--this is one phenomenal breakfast treat, dawn! but then, i'd expect nothing less from your mind. :)

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  22. Dawn-this French Toast looks decadent........Ohhhhhhhhhhhh boy.....there goes the diet that hasn't even started yet......eesh.....

    I know you're counting the days until you move...I can't blame you after reading what you've been going through. Money pit is being very polite indeed.

    Happy New Year to you...can't wait to hear all about your new place and all the goodies you're gonna be cooking up. :)

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  23. I think these turned me into a diabetic just reading about them - wow! Yup WOW! Good luck on the move!

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  24. k..are you kidding me..she might not replace the oven.??? What a freakin looser..a cheap ass looser that is!
    I cant wait to see what you cook up in a brand new kitchen of your own! What, what did you say? you wanted to have me over for coffee and french toast in your new house?

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  25. With Rum, French, Pecan and Butter in the title, how can it be anything but amazingly yummy! It looks delicious!

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  26. here's a toast to all the goodies we had this year, and many more in the new coming year :)

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  27. That looks so good, yumm!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Such a great lil blog you have :-)

    xo.

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  28. Oooh waw, Dawn!! What a superb & very inviting special breakfast!!

    I wish you & your family a lovely, happy & healthy 2010!!!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...

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  29. Oh wow. That looks SO good. Mmmn. Yum.

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  30. i want to chew your landlord out, that's ridiculous Dawn! I hope your pipes don't bust because it might take her a few weeks to decided whether or not she wants to turn your water back on! Seriously, she has a problem. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like a nice place but it's a shame you have a fridge in your living room. Sorry to hear about the oven too. sheesh. Wanna come over?

    Sorry to rant along with you. But wonderful looking french toast. I hope you get out of there and move into the place of your dreams.

    Happy new year!

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  31. ahh I can understand. My previous place was a dump! I'm really happy with my current place =) happy new year!

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  32. Two words for the recipe... "Awe - Some!" Three words for your landlord: "Lehew suhuh her!" That's right, "LOSER!"

    I am sorry about your predicament, but suggest that your next living arrangements will make you appreciate all your trials and tribulations.

    I am thinking that your landlord probably uses craigslist to secure rentals... perhaps a fair review of the property is in order?

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  33. Looks crazy-good. Happy New Year to you!

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  34. That french toast looks so good! I need to go make breakfast now.

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  35. My heart be still... did you say rum soaked?! I want some!

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  36. wow!!! This looks amazing!! I will NEED to try this!

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  37. it is such a visual pleasure to have stumbled upon this blog. i spent some time in Massachusetts and used to go to the Cape a lot. a lovely, lovely recipe- perhaps one i shall make for my mum on Mother's Day. best wishes, shayma

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  38. French toast look so yummy. I'll have to make them one day :)

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  39. French toasts - yes; pecan - yes; but I do not like rum...ok; i am leaving; you must be tired of me !

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