Smiling in the Morning

I am a BIG fan of maple syrup.  Frankly, given the right mood, I could probably be convinced to sip some out of a coffee mug.  Dishes involving maple syrup are some of my favorites, which is probably why I’ve always loved brunch.  So when I ended up with some leftover bread from the Essential Baking Company last weekend, I knew just what to make!  It was just starting to get stale, so I left it out overnight, with dreams of maple syrup and buttery French toast dancing in my head.

I woke up before Kevin and began to search for a French toast recipe that sounded tasty.  Most of the ones I found in my various vintage cookbooks were all very basic, and while I like plain ol’ French toast, I really wanted something with some spices to wake up my taste-buds.

I was lucky enough to find a recipe for Eggnog French Toast from the third volume of the Sunset Kitchen Cabinet Recipes published in 1944.

I’m not sure why French toast is included in a section on meeting daily food requirements, but if maple syrups is ‘required’ eating, then I am definitely on board!  I couldn’t wait for Kevin to wake up to start the French toast, so I ate mine with a cup of coffee, contemplating the sunny Seattle morning.  It was some of the tastiest French toast I’ve tasted.  The nutmeg and vanilla gave the dish the complexity I had hoped for and the maple syrup put a smile on my face for the entire day!

Before syrup:

After syrup!


  1. Reply
    Camela Steinke April 23, 2010

    Remind me to send you some of NY State’s finest syrup before I leave here!

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    Church of Brunch April 23, 2010

    There is hardly enough syrup on those pancakes.

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    Name (required) April 23, 2010

    looks sooo good!

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    Melinda April 23, 2010

    Yum! Maple syrup as a daily food requirement is a great idea! Can we add chocolate too?!

  5. Reply
    alison April 24, 2010

    @Cam: Yum! I would never say no to syrup!

    @Melinda: Yes, let’s add chocolate and maybe a glass of wine as well?

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    Kate April 25, 2010

    French toast is special….maple syrup is special. I always loved those little maple candies that were filled with a mixture of nuts…maple has a way of, you are right, making one smile!

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    Susan@The SpiceGarden April 26, 2010

    Homesick! Want this the minute I get home! New Hampshire maple syrup and french bread … love the eggnog dipping recipe!

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      alison April 29, 2010

      @Susan: I hope your jetlag is over and you’re feeling more at home now! Bring on the syrup!

      @Sandi: Oh trust me, there was much more maple syrup on the french toast after I finished the photos

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    Sandi April 26, 2010

    I could drink maple syrup from a mug as well! This recipe looks good and I think I’ll try it. I will add a bit more maple syrup though. *smile* Thanks for the recipe.


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    Pearl Maple May 2, 2010

    Found your blog via the tablescape and really enjoying all your posts today, full of all kinds of memorable recipes from the past.

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