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Friday, September 08, 2006

Taking the French Toast Cure

Are you a person living without a soul, disconnected from the wonders of the social world around you? Do you find idle chit chat, fashion magazines and social machinations as interesting as watching paint dry on a rainy day?

Are you in fact suffering in the miserable abyss that is… (gasp!)… autism?

What you need is French toast.

No, really! I’m serious. Check this out:

In the interest of helping all those poor suffering autistic souls out there, I’ve decided to share a secret recipe I made up a couple of months ago. This should have you making eye contact like a used car salesman in no time flat:

Baked French Toast with Ricotta

8-10 slices good quality bread (not the kind you can roll into a dough ball, ok?)
9 eggs
1 ½ Cups full cream milk
½ C Cream
½ Kilo (1 lb) good quality full cream ricotta, drain in a sieve lined with a coffee filter beforehand if it has a lot of whey, it should be fairly dry
Vanilla extract

Mix 1/3 C sugar, ½ tsp. vanilla and one egg into ricotta cheese.

Spread this mixture very generously (about 2 heaping Tbls) on half the bread slices (you can spread a thin layer of jam or conserve of choice on bread before hand if you like, I’d recommend seedless raspberry or blackberry jam, mmm) place remaining bread slices on top making sandwiches. Carefully cut each sandwich in thirds lengthwise, place edge up in a buttered deep dish casserole (about 12x10 or 13x9” size). If there is any ricotta mixture remaining when all the bread is in the pan, spoon it in between bread slices where ever you can stuff it.

Whisk the 8 remaining eggs with the milk and cream, 1/3 C sugar and one tsp vanilla extract. Pour evenly over bread slices, smoosh it down with the back of a fork so the bread soaks up all the egg-y cholesterol laden goodness. Dot generously with butter (about 2 Tbls total) cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Next morning preheat the oven to 350 F (about 180 C), bake French toast for about 50 minutes, till it is hugely puffed and crusty brown on top and a knife inserted into the middle comes out dry.

Serve with syrup and strawberries if no jam was used.

Serves 6 generously

Oh…ok!!! I know what you're thinking, and you're absolutely right! This recipe will definitely not turn you into a neurotypical fashionista talk show host type person. But at least it isn’t dangerous, like chelation or treatment with a portable hbot unit or lupron shots. It doesn’t cost a lot, like supplements, creams and potions. It isn’t goofy like having your electrical field adjusted or wearing funky crystals to change your aura. And it doesn't insult your intelligence, like the thousands of quacks out there with their thousands of theories and 'cures', all with their hand out looking for your money. tastes good.

But the best thing of all is that mum can make a nice brunch for the fambly on a weekend morning without having to do anything harder than turn on the oven.

Now THAT is useful.


At 8:53 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Jennifer said...

That sounds really yummy and comforting. Do you know the cookbooks by Laurie Colwin - "Home Cooking" and "More Home Cooking"? Any time I need a food-cure I make something from those books - and reading them also cheers me up too. Laurie was a novelist, and her prose really is lovely and comforting at the same time.

At 9:01 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Zilari said...

Hehe, I laughed out loud at "making eye contact like a used car salesman!"

Mmm, french toast.

At 9:45 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger mumkeepingsane said...

Sounds yummy!

At 10:50 AM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Bonnie Ventura said...


Those researchers definitely need to be reminded that correlation does not equal causation.

At 10:58 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Lisa/Jedi said...

Well, I read the report... & if their screening efforts identify kids for early intervention, more power to them. But I'm mainly interested in the recipe- heh, heh. Sound's yummy! I can't wait to try it, Mum :)

At 1:34 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Camille said...

You have a fambly?? I have a fambly, too!!! We also eat french toast. We are almost talk-show host (rhymes with toast) fashionistas and used car salesmen! Almost... more French Toast!!! Can you make it GFCF? :-)

At 4:46 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Mum is Thinking said...

You know, I added that 1/2 cup of cream just to crank up the cholersterol levels in this recipe for my post(you can omit the cream and use 2 cups milk total instead).:-) Just so everyone knows. It should work out fine either way.

And all this time we've been avoiding having this dish very often. I was so happy when I read that report! Now we can have it everyday :-) Bonnie, we should send the researchers french toast to thank them!

Jennifer, I haven't heard of that author, I'll have to keep an eye out for her books. I actually read cook books like most people read novels, cover to cover. I love them!

Camille, I reckon you could make it with cardboard if you wanted to, it's the eggs, cream, cheese and butter that matter here :-) GFCF bread tastes a lot like cardboard, who'll know the diff?!

Thanks for your comments folks...please remember you're all welcome to take the cure at my house anytime you're in the neighborhood!

At 5:09 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Mum is Thinking said...

Oh, no! I just realised to make this gfcf you'd have to omit the casein too.

Ok...use soy milk, tofu cheese and casein free margerine instead of the milk, cream, ricotta and butter :-( But that would drive down the cholesterol levels, so be sure to have a nice big helping of bacon and sausage on the side, or it won't do you any good!

At 5:59 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Anne said...

Now this is the kind of biomed I can subscribe to.

Pass the blackberry jam, please!


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