I yell a lot of things at my kids. One is the constant reminder of how many hungry children there are around the world – and even here close to home. Wasting food is one of the greatest sins in our house! Maybe it’s my own parents’ humble upbringing passed down…whatever the case my kids know they’ve gotta eat their food – period. It’s not usually a problem, I’m a pretty good cook but I do have my share of culinary mishaps…lately I have Pinterest to blame!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been pulled in by the delicious beauty of a dish only to try it and fail – I hate the deception. Like they always say if it looks too good to be true it probably is. When I saw the fluffy crock-pot French toast recipe I should have known better…
Score, it’s French toast so of course I had all the ingredients. Best of all I could just dump everything in the crock-pot before bed and it would magically be perfect and delicious in the morning…things were looking promising.
Crock-Pot French Toast (my simple adjusted recipe)
1 loaf of french bread cut up and buttered
1/2 cup of heavy cream
3/4 cup of 2% milk
1-2 tbs vanilla extract
3 tbs cinnamon
2 eggs (Tech doesn’t like eggs so I drastically reduced the amount from the original recipe of 8 – 12 eggs…didn’t want to hear him complain about the “texture” affecting his tongue)
3-4 heaping tbs of granulated sugar
2 tbs cold butter cut into thins slices plus some at room temp for buttering the bread slices
non-stick cooking spray
crock-pot with a low setting
Cut up the bread, butter and set aside. Mix all other ingredients together – make sure sugar is dissolved. Thoroughly coat the the crock-pot with cooking spray. Then pour some of the liquid mixture to coat the pan and place your first layer of cut and buttered french bread. Pour liquid mixture over the bread to coat and repeat until all the bread is layered and remaining liquid is poured all over the top layer. Finish with butter slices, cover and set crock-pot to low.
I turned my crock-pot on at midnight and headed to bed “early” for a change. The original Pinterest recipe says you can let it cook for up to 6 hours on low and wake up to the memorizing aroma of vanilla and cinnamon. I’m always a bit paranoid about using a crock-pot so I checked on it at 4:00 am. There was indeed a glorious smell, I got excited as I opened the lid…then DISASTER.
Yes, that’s a big burnt layer of crust after 4 hours on low! Epic FAIL. I cursed Pinterest and went back to bed. After getting the kids off to school it was time to clean up my French toast disaster. As I said I hate to waste food, so despite the very burnt bottom I needed to taste it…WOW it was slamming delicious! I set out salvage as much of the non-burnt French toast as possible.
It’s probably more of a bread pudding, and it’s on the menu for breakfast tomorrow. Of course I’ll try it again, reducing the total cooking time to about 2.5 hours. Maybe I’ll put a bug in Hubs ear that it’s time for a new jazzy programmable crock-pot with all the bells and whistles…mine was a wedding gift so it’s going on 14 years old…ancient:)
Update: Looks like I’ll be making it sooner than later, the kids just devoured it…nothing wasted that makes me SMILE!