Breads & Sweet Rolls

American Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

American Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

I have come to find that English French Toast (also called “Eggy Bread”) and American French Toast are eaten in entirely different ways! In England our French bread is savory, (all that goes into it is egg and bread) so it’s quite normal to eat it with ketchup, or alongside a fry up! I even had a friend that ate her french toast with marmite… although i’m not sure that’s quite the norm! While in America, French bread is really sweet–they put cinnamon in their egg mixture, and serve it with syrup, berries and cream. I wish someone had told me about this sooner, because when I had french toast here in America, I would eat it with ketchup just the way i’ve always done… and it was SO gross!! I got some funny looks from my American family too… they still love to tease me about that! Anyway, I think in this instance, Americans have got it right! French toast was meant to be served with fruit and syrup and all things sweet, and this stuffed french toast recipe, which takes it one step closer to perfection with all that delicious cream cheese, will prove it! P.S. Whenever I think of maple syrup I think of ELF: “You like sugar don’t you?” “Does syrup have sugar in it? Then Yes!” My husband and I probably quote that every time we have it! I hope you guys like this recipe, especially my English friends who have been eating it all wrong! ;-) Ok. Not wrong, but just not in the BEST way!

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Fool Proof French Bread

Fool Proof French Bread

Today I made french bread for the first time ever! I’m not all that great at making things involving dough, so I thought it would be super complicated, but it actually ended up being one of the simplest, most fool-proof things I have made on my Blog so far, and it was SO GOOD!! I don’t think I will buy french bread in the store again now I know how easy, inexpensive, and just better it is to just make it! I love this recipe–mostly because I just love the smell of bread baking in my house, and eating bread warm right out of the oven too! This is such a great recipe to have on hand, because French bread is a good side to just about anything!! So here it is:

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Growing up in England we had hot cross buns at Easter time every year. This wasn’t just our family’s tradition, but a pretty standard tradition for most English people. It stems back from the 1700′s when Catholics marked their buns as a way to remember Christ and his crucifixion on good friday. Then when protestant monarchy came into power, they believed hot cross buns to have a dangerous hold over catholic belief in England, and tried to ban them. Except, it didn’t work completely because they were too popular, so they were permitted to be sold at Easter and Christmas time only. Now they are only sold around Easter time. Probably not because of any strange laws–but because it’s the only time of year when they’re really popular!

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Banana Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Banana Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Whenever I have over-ripe bananas, I always feel as if I need to make either banana cake or banana bread so I don’t let them go to waste. Well, i’m trying to eat a little healthier since the family is planning a vacation to Hawaii in less than a month’s time–so I went searching online for a healthy banana bread recipe. Then I thought back to all the times I have made banana bread before–and realized, I have never made the same recipe twice, because I have never found a recipe that wasn’t dry and bland! So I decided to turn my all time favorite banana cake recipe (which my mother in law found quite some time ago from food.com) and make it into a banana bread, and top it with a vanilla bean glaze! I know. It’s not healthy AT ALL, but, i’m still a month away from my vacay anyway, right?! I will never make banana bread any other way ever again! I have for sure found my go-to recipe, which makes me really excited! Here it is:
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Amazing Cinnamon Rolls

Amazing Cinnamon Rolls

I am really excited to finally have my mother in law’s cinnamon roll recipe! You have no idea how long it took for me to get this, and right as I gave up asking for it, she sent it to me! We actually made them together last month…. Okay, she made them, and I hovered & took a few pictures, but now I know how, hopefully mine will turn out just as good! And actually, the timing’s not way off, because they’d make a pretty awesome Christmas breakfast!

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