My husband was out of town on Sunday & after the kids & I had taken him to the airport early in the morning, they started begging me to take them to breakfast. If I’m totally honest, I *might* have been feeling a little off due to the date night the husband & I had that the evening before. I won’t call it a hang over. I’ll call it – I’m wearing sunglasses, I’m barely dressed, I just dropped your father at the airport & the last thing I want to do it head into a restaurant with 4 kids. And while the idea of someone cooking & serving my breakfast to me had a nice ring to it, what I really longed for on this Sunday morning was a clean house that could only be executed by the tiny fingers of 4 kids (who’d done a number on the house over the weekend). So instead of heading out to eat, we devised a plan that included my cleaning the kitchen & making brunch, while they cleaned the other areas of the house. Laundry would be a full family affair (because when you have 6 people in your house, that isn’t negotiable). So I ended up throwing together this gluten free baked French toast.
I choose a baked French toast because it was easy. Cooking for a large family has taught me to take those shortcuts when I can. Bake a pound of bacon in the oven instead of piece by piece in a skillet. Batch cook breakfasts instead of to-order eggs or piece by piece French toast. These ideas become survival when you have a lot of kids.
I can also guarantee this recipe won’t win any awards for creativity or inventiveness, but I think I’m done apologizing for that. I once told a cookbook author that I didn’t feel like my recipes were ‘important’ enough & she simply said – You’re cooking for your family. What on earth could be more important than that?
A side effect of me moving my content into more of a lifestyle blog instead of a recipe factory is that I’ve done two things: first, stopped feeling guilty when I don’t cook. I am more than happy to say some nights we’ve eaten organic soup from a carton. Second, started cooking just for cooking again. I think I’d kind of forgotten there was a time I actually enjoyed cooking. It was fun. Therapeutic. I didn’t worry about if my audience would think something had too much sugar in it or creating substitutions for special requests. There was time I actually just cooked because I liked to. So Sunday morning, I cooked because I wanted to. And this this morning, I made the gluten free baked French toast again so I could write down measurements & blog about it.
On a side note, I’m such a fan of gluten free bread. Lord, I remember the days when we maybe only had one option for gluten free bread & it was only at a specialty store. Now, I have gluten free bread choices coming out of my ears. I couldn’t be happier. Go forth & find your favorite gluten free bread. It’s worth it.
Gluten Free Baked French Toast
I swear my kids are happy. They are just also very serious about their syrup pouring.
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar
- 6-8 pieces of Gluten Free Bread
- 6 Eggs
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Organic Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon All Spice
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a small dish, melt butter & 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Coat a small baking dish with the butter & sugar mixture.
- Place bread into baking dish, over butter mixture.
- In another bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon, all spice & 2 Tablespoons of sugar.
- Pour egg mixture over bread.
- Place baking dish into the oven & bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven & serve with pure maple syrup to serve.
PS, how adorable are my little models? I swear they all ended up dressing themselves monochromatically that day & it had nothing to do with me. You should know I’ve given up trying to dress everyone in a consistent manner.