French Toast a la Doughnuts

Most Saturday mornings find us on treasure hunts. We like to frequent yard sales and estate sales and the like, looking for that perfect find or something to re-purpose. Lately my husband will run out to get us a biscuit to go with our coffee, for our Saturday morning journey,  but this weekend we decided to forgo the adventure and stay home.

french toast donuts

Still he offered to pick us up a biscuit. As I thought about it, I remembered we had leftover doughnuts from the day before. But they tend to give me a sugar rush.  I was about to say yes to the biscuit, when it hit me……  I could make French toast using the doughnuts!!!  I’d never done that before, but I knew the protein of the egg would take care of the sugar rush for me and it sounded kinda Paula Deen’ish, good. hmmmm

Did I ever tell you Paula Deen and I are from the same hometown? Yes, and Bubba and I went through school together?  I wish I could say I remember when his mother died and his father, too, but we were children and the great sadness of what he was going through, never registered with me.  I was too busy being a child to notice. The only thing I remember is his big sister coming to pick him up one day. I remember she was pretty, with dark hair. We were probably in the 5th grade at Magnolia Elementary School.  Anyway, I wish I had understood what was happening. Bubba never talked about his great loss. And I never realized.  (I’m sorry Bubba)

Here we are, after one short autobiographical paragraph…fast forward to Saturday morning.

I had four leftover doughnuts.

french toast doughnuts slicing

So I split them in half and that gave me 8….see…. that Magnolia Street Elementary School taught me well.

french toast doughnuts sliced

I used 3 eggs with about 1/4 cup of milk, a dash of salt. Scrambled. Dip the doughnuts in one at a time and cook on a medium hot, lightly buttered griddle until lightly browned.

One important tip….PLEASE don’t smash down your french toast or pancakes…..they will cook just fine without all of that.  If you flip them and they are still undercooked on one side…flip them back over and cook little more. There’s no need to flatten them down. They are so much prettier and tastier and fluffier if you just allow them to cook. js

french toast doughnuts cooking

Flip them over and brown the other side.

French toast doughnuts flipped

I actually dipped them twice and cooked twice on the uncut side.

french toast doughnuts plated

They were delicious! I drizzled a tiny bit of pure maple syrup over the top and served with butter and bacon.  And coffee…..

french toast doghnut clup

It was a perfect breakfast on the back porch.

french toast doughnuts trio

You’ll want to buy extra doughnuts to save so you can make French Toast a la Doughnut! Or the next time you want to have a special breakfast….this is what to serve….and your husband will say…you hit a home run with this one….least that’s what mine said.

Happy Week,  y’all!

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

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I won’t waste your time explaining how delicious and easy these are to make. And I won’t tell you that this is one more wonderful way to use the extra sourdough starter that we usually have to toss at a feedings. [Read more…]

Perfect Loaf Sourdough Bread

Perfect Loaf Sourdough Bread

Finally! I’ve found a recipe for Sourdough Bread that satisfies my soul….I’m not kidding. Well, so far as bread can satisfy ones soul…Maybe it’s just my idea of what a good loaf of sourdough bread ought to be. [Read more…]

Buttery Sourdough Biscuits

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I’m still on a quest to find delicious recipes to utilize the extra starter that must be discarded at each sourdough starter feeding. This morning I was making Hearty Ham and Bean Soup and decided to make biscuits to go along with it for lunch. So why not sourdough biscuits? Well, I had attempted a recipe I had found, using sourdough starter for biscuits a few weeks ago and wasn’t too keen about it. Ok, I threw them out. They were horrible. They were way too heavy. [Read more…]

How to Maintain Your Sourdough Starter

Maintaining your Sourdough Starter

If, like me,  you’ve decided to start baking Sourdough Bread the FIRST thing you must know is how to maintain your sourdough starter. And there are certain rules, that probably, if you are like me, you will have a problem with… Namely throwing away some at each feeding… If you don’t learn this one thing, you will need to rent the neighbor’s pool the day after you fill yours… approximately 12 days from now. I’m not kidding… [Read more…]

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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Bananas don’t last long at my house. Either they are eaten…(we love a banana, peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch). Or either they start turning brown and I rush to use them in something ASAP.

I was fascinated to learn that the more brown spots on a banana, the more nutritional value they have. There is no doubt, they get sweeter the more brown spots they have. I’ve finally convinced my grandchildren of this. (Still working on my grown children…;) )

I do draw the line. When they get soft and mushy, they’re only good for cooking….and Double Chocolate Banana Bread is the perfect use of an over ripe banana. Or two. Or three.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread loaf

I made this today. A variation on my favorite Banana Nut Bread recipe.  If you have bananas sitting on your counter, turning browner by the minute….don’t wait another minute….make this! Especially if  you are a chocolate lover!

It’s richly chocolate with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I prefer the bittersweet chocolate chips. The older I get, the less I like sweeeeeeet things that curl my teeth. Bittersweet is perfect to me. But you may prefer the semi sweet or milk chocolate chips for your family. Either one works.

double chocolate banana bread slice poster

Warm from the oven, with butter and a glass of milk….(or a cup of coffee)……delicious! If you’ve been craving something chocolate….and have bananas….this is your recipe!

I made muffins last week,  from this recipe.  Grease muffin tin or line with cupcake liners, fill 2/3 full with batter and bake 350* for 20-25 minutes.

double chocolate banana muffins

Perfect for lunch boxes. And nutritional, too!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup ripened mashed bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips...I prefer bittersweet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350* Grease loaf pan. (Or muffin tins.)
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add sour cream, vanilla and mix well. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas and chocolate chips.
  3. Pour into loaf pan and bake 70 minutes or until toothpick some out clean.
  4. (Bake muffins 20-25 minutes. )
  5. Remove from pan to cool.
  6. Enjoy!
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Cream Scones and Blueberries

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If you can make a biscuit, you can make a scone. I know ‘scones’ sound fancy, but it’s really just a biscuit made with cream and butter, rather than shortening and buttermilk. Add a little sugar and berries, too with a glaze and you’ve got a scone. Nothing to it. This is a recipe for Cream Scones and Blueberries,  topped with a Lemon Glaze. [Read more…]

Nuts and Fruit Granola

nuts and fruit granola

Last Summer, when my daughter moved into her new home, a neighbor brought her some granola. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift.   All that homemade goodness made a perfect housewarming gift ~ especially when we were neck deep in boxes.

It was even more impressive when my picky grandchildren dove into it,  from day one. They loved it! After that, they begged me to make more.  I have found that the sky is the limit, so far as ingredients go. Granola is such a wholesome cereal, especially since you have control over what goes into it. [Read more…]

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

perfect buttermik biscuits

There’s no better addition to a Southern meal than Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits.   I always looked forward to homemade buttermilk biscuits, growing up. Mama made the best…and I learned from watching her.…..  I’m amazed at people who think they can’t cook biscuits.  There are only 3 ingredients!….Of course,  you can! [Read more…]