Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tilly's Birthday french toast celebration

today would be tilly's 91st birthday.   tilly who made me every birthday cake since i was born ......about 27 years ago it dawned on me that no one ever made a cake for tilly's birthday so that year i made her a cheesecake for her birthday with cherries on top.  she was so surprised!....  and of course she told me it was the best thing she ever tasted.  to celebrate tilly today i would love to make a cake in tilly's honor....but still sadly no oven.....instead i will celebrate tilly by making the first thing she taught me to cook....yes the french toast!  this is not the original recipe....i made some changes....and since lemon meringue pie was one of tilly's specialties i may have added some lemony goodness .......

tilly and 2 of her sisters (from right to left tilly, rose, a friend, helen )
challah french toast with lemon curd and fresh blueberries
recipe after the jump
this recipe is for two (actually both of us had to share a bit with Bailey because it was super filling)
three jumbo eggs 
1/3 to 1/2 cup of heavy cream
zest of 1/2 a lemon
teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 loaf of challah bread 
a few dollops of bottled lemon curd
handful  blueberries
real maple syrup
confectioners sugar for dusting

slice the bread into four one inch pieces.  beat the eggs until well mixed add the cream, vanilla, and lemon extract and mix.  preheat a skillet to medium with a tablespoon of butter.  dunk 2 slices at a time into the egg mixture then cook until golden on each side.  then make the next two slices.  serve each person two slices with melted butter on top, a dollop of lemon curd...scatter some blueberries on top, dust with the confectioners sugar.....and last but not least add some warm grade a maple syrup.  this was wonderful!  thank you for everything tilly....hope you liked the french toast.  happy birthday!

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