Happy Father’s Day!!!

Roasted Walnuts

Love these Raisins!

Honey-Wheat Bread

Now with a bit of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter

Egg mixture

The bread takes an egg bath

Yummy Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter

Toasting in the pan

Up close and personal

Photo finish

Happy Thursday all,
I know it’s a bit early, but I wanted to post my recipe for Father’s Day today. I am celebrating Father’s Day today on my blog because this weekend my best friend is getting married and I am going to be partying it up Friday-Sunday! Anyway, today I just wanted to give thanks to God for my Dad! Some of the fondest memories I have growing up are of cooking with my Dad in the kitchen. Since I was a young girl, my father has always placed an emphasis on cooking together as a family. Whether it was grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on a hot summer day, or whipping up a big pot of homemade tomato sauce and meatballs, my Dad was the man behind the magic. I mean how many guys do you know who can design and build swimming pools, repair automobiles, motorcycles, and household appliances, while at the same time stitching up a pair of jeans and cooking a four-course meal? That’s my Dad! I’d like to give some credit to him for my interest in cooking, well maybe all the credit! One thing my Dad does very well in the kitchen is breakfast. From cream of wheat, to pancakes, waffles, omelets, and oatmeal, he is the breakfast man. When I was young, I could always expect a big stack of silver dollar pancakes for my birthday breakfast…and of course, he would always put a candle in the middle of the pancakes. However, my favorite breakfast that my Dad makes is his french toast. To this day, I still believe that my Dad makes the best french toast in the world. Now, this isn’t a fancy-schmancy french toast made with brioche bread and drizzled with Vermont maple syrup. We are talking about my Dad, not Ina Garten, people! So, today I have decided to be the chef and in honor of Father’s Day, I have created my own recipe for french toast, and I did get a little fancy by making my own nut butter. Thank you to all the father’s out there on Father’s Day, and a special thank you to my Dad for his love and hard work! I love you Dad! I hope that you all enjoy my French Toast stuffed with Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter.

French Toast stuffed with Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter:

Ingredients:

For the Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter:
2 c. walnuts
1/4 c. raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the French Toast:
2 slices of bread
2 Tbs. of cinnamon raisin walnut butter
1 egg
1/4 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions:

For the Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Spread walnuts on a 9×13 baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes or so.
2. Place roasted walnuts in a food processor and process for 10 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides.
3. Add remaining ingredients and begin processing again.
4. Process until smooth, occasionally scraping down the sides, about 3-5 more minutes.

For the French Toast:
1. Spread 1 Tbs. of cinnamon raisin walnut butter on each slice of bread and sandwich together.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
3. Dip the bread into the egg mixture, coating well on both sides.
4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
5. Add the french toast to the pan and cook well on both sides, turning only once, about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

MANGIA!!!

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