Sep
25
2009

  Can't Review The Recipe

How many substitutions are necessary before you aren't even following the recipe anymore?

I've been curious to try a baked french toast recipe for a while, but Terry and I shouldn't be eating an entire pan of french toast by ourselves. But since my sister-in-law is here with her family, it's great excuse to try it out.

I found a recipe in my "Gourmet's Best Recipes of 2000" cookbook. But here's the thing-- am I really following the recipe if I sub out almost every ingredient?

I do have a 9 x 13 pan, so that's the same. And I did use 6 eggs, 3 cups of whole milk, and brown sugar as called for in the recipe. But I think everything else is different.

A baguette cut into 1" slices? Uh, no. Slices of white bread layered 1" thick. One teaspoon vanilla? I was at the bottom of the jar and only had 1/2 tsp. Blueberries? Not a staple in this household, so I'll use apples. And since I'm using apples instead of blueberries, I went ahead and subbed walnuts for the pecans, and apple pie spice mix for the nutmeg.

So I'm not going to bother writing an "official" review of the recipe for my reviews section, since I really don't know how the recipe would turn out if I followed it. But here's my version:

Beat 6 eggs with 3 cups milk, add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp spice, and appx 1 tsp vanilla. Pour evenly over a 1" layer of bread in 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle nuts on top. Cover and let soak in fridge overnight. Set oven to 400F. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in saucepan, add 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cover top of bread with chopped fruit then pour sugar-butter on top of it all. Bake about 20 minutes.

I hope it tastes good! I'll find out about 10 hours from now.