With Mother’s Day just around the corner I have been thinking back to the days when I would be making breakfast for my mom as a small token of my appreciation for the endless time and devotion she gave to our family.
My special Mother’s Day breakfast was typically French toast drizzled with maple syrup alongside some fresh fruit, bacon and, of course, coffee. My mom wasn’t picky, she was always happy to try whatever I made and she was always so thrilled to sit back and enjoy a day where she got to be doted on.
In our busy adult lives, it requires a conscious effort to remember our Mom or any significant female figure in our lives and take a moment to be grateful for all that they have given us. So, to all you moms out there, we hope you get all the credit you deserve this Mother’s Day and hopefully a delicious breakfast somewhere along the line, too.
Apple Maple French Toast
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 slices bread
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving
3 apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup of maple syrup
6 oz. of thinly sliced aged cheddar
1/2 cup pecans (toasted if possible)
Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a glass baking pan. Add the bread in a single layer, turning until all the egg is absorbed;
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter, and add apples, stirring to coat until starting to caramelize. Add the water, cooking until water has evaporated and apples are tender, about 4 minutes;
Pour in the maple syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon; simmer for a minute to combine;
In a large, heated non-stick skillet, melt about 1 tablespoon butter and sauté the soaked bread until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes;
Place French toast on a plate and top with aged cheddar sliced, apple-maple mixture, and finish with a few pecans.