I’ve been eyeing the eggs in my fridge for a few days now, knowing the day would come that I would have to make them for dinner since the fridge was getting emptier by the day. But what to cook with the eggs? I had bread, but no meat, and no omelette appropriate veggies. Since I’m such an indecisive Misfit, I couldn’t decide whether if I wanted to make french toast or eggs in a basket with my bread and eggs. I thought about making french toast and frying up some eggs to go along side it, but that would have taken a few extra steps that I didn’t feel like taking.
The idea of combining both ideas crossed my mind, and combining two delicious foods is usually a good thing but I did a quick search to make sure this would work out. My search led me to Willow Bird Baking who I believe wrote the original Eggs in a French Toast Basket recipe. I’m sure her recipe is delicious but since I didn’t have all of the ingredients I had to work with what I did have and put my lack of cooking skills (and laziness) into the equation I came up with my version, dubbed Lazy Eggs in a French Toast Basket.
- Margarine or butter (optional)
- Syrup (optional)
Take out as many pieces of bread your family will need, and cut a hole into each one. Cookie cutters can be used to make fun shapes, but I just stacked the bread in fours and cut a whole through four at once and used an entire loaf of bread. Set aside the holey bread and the cut out pieces.
Get your biggest frying pan out and set it on the stove at medium heat. While the pan is warming, break your eggs into a bowl or container and use a whisk to eliminate any evidence of a solid yolk. Add some milk and whisk it a little more. Pour a portion of your egg/milk mixture into a separate shallow container or baking dish and throw in as much cinnamon as you like. I use a lot of cinnamon. It did occur to me after doing this that it probably wouldn’t make a huge difference if I just used one container and added cinnamon to all of the egg to skip yet another step, but that will be something to try the next go-round.
If you don’t have a non stick pan, this is where you will want to put some margarine or cooking oil of choice into the pan to prevent sticking. If you do have a non stick pan, then you are well on your way to lazy cooking and don’t need to worry about the oil at all.
Dip your holey bread into the milk/egg/cinnamon mixture, making sure to coat both sides but not overly soak the bread. Lift it, give it a little shake to knock off the excess egg, and toss it onto the pan. Repeat until the pan won’t fit any more bread, then pour enough egg/milk in the middle to fill up the hole. Make sure each piece of bread is flush with the pan other wise the egg will escape as soon as you pour it in. Yes, I know from experience. Take caution while transferring the semi soggy bread since the hole makes the bread quite a bit weaker than a full slice of bread. Yes, I know from experience.
As soon as the egg is cooked well enough that it isn’t going to spill out all over the pan while flipping it, flip it! It should now only be a minute or two before it’s ready to spread on some margarine, drown in syrup and enjoy. Syrup and margarine are optional of course, but I can’t imagine eating french toast without them.
Don’t forget to cook up your bread cut outs in the same manner, skipping the extra egg of course. They are like little french toast cookies! You can also rip them up even smaller and put them away for making stuffing or croutons instead if you wish.
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