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Sunday, December 17, 2006

An American Family's Christmas [3]

By Alison, writing from Pennsylvania, USA

Recipes

Oven Baked French Toast

French Toast

1 12oz French baguette
4 eggs
1 cup half and half (half cream)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 500 F. Cut bread crosswise into 16 slices. Arrange slices in jellyroll pan - they may overlap. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the half and half, sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg until blended. Pour over the bread, turning the slices occasionally to coat both sides and until the mixture is absorbed. Place the bread on two greased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until golden. May be topped with confectioners' (icing) sugar or maple syrup; depending on your individual preference.

Breakfast Casserole

Egg Casserole

6 eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 lb of hot or mild sausage*
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices of white bread, crusts removed

* My mother also uses thinly sliced sautéed mushrooms in place of the sausage.

Beat eggs, milk, salt, and mustard. Brown sausages (or sauté mushrooms), break up into small pieces; drain. Place bread slices in 13x9" pan. Spread sausage (or mushrooms) over bread. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Pour egg over all, sprinkle with extra cheese if desired. Refrigerate covered overnight. Bake at 350 F for 45 to 50 minutes or until egg is set.

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