Happy New Year! And it's our 5th Bloggaversary! Yes, we started this blog on New Year's Day 2008. Wow - tempus fugit indeed. We are winding down the season of gluttony and desperately trying to ignore that pinch around our waistlines where our pants are feeling a tad snug (thanks a lot, cookies, candy and deliciously evil homemade Chex mix!). We suppose we can ignore it for another day, since for one last indulgent hurrah before we go back to school and into the real world of 2013, we came up with a doozie of a breakfast - Brie-Stuffed French Toast. We used good Italian bread, a square log of Trader Joe's "slicing brie," and some wonderfully sweet-tart homemade jam from one of Chris's coworkers (thanks, M!). Adding to the luscious flavor was a zippy Roasted Saigon Cinnamon we spotted on the clearance shelf at our market. Cheers to decadence and may you all have a happy and healthy New Year!
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup berry jam
Preheat oven to 350. Cut a slit halfway between the slices of Italian bread and place a slice of brie inside it. "Squish" the bread down a little to close it up. Prepare the French toast mixture by whisking together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Melt the butter on a griddle over medium-high heat. Soak the "sandwiches" in the French toast mixture then place them on the griddle. Cook until golden brown, then flip and brown the other side. Place the griddle with the "sandwiches" on it in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes, to ensure the brie melts. Serve with berry jam.