This is a recipe I first had at a wedding brunch, and I begged for the recipe. I have since made it for a christmas breakfast at school and for a Christmas brunch I hosted at my house. It is so easy and I make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge and bake it the next morning.
1 loaf of french bread
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp corn syrup
1/2 cup of butter
1 3/4 cups of milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
8 oz/ cream cheese
Make caramel sauce by melting butter and brown sugar over medium heat, add corn sryup, begin to boil, do not let it come to rolling boil, it will harden and turn into candy. Remove mixture from heat. Pour mixture into 9×13 pan that is greased. (I cover mine in foil)
Toast layer: Cut up french toast 3/4 inch thick. Lay bread into pan side by side. Spread cream cheese of top layer of bread then add another layer.
Mix eggs milk and vanilla in a bowl with a whisk. Pour over the bread. Place in oven at 350 for about 40-50 minutes.
When you serve it, serve caramel side up.
the last time I made this I ran out of milk and I used some rum chata and egg nog. What a rich flavor it gave!
You may serve this with syrup or whippped cream and fresh berries, although I never do~
I wanted to try string art, and so I came up with a little present I could send my cousin.
She lives in Michigan and I live in MA so I thought I could do both states with a cute quote.
I started off with tracing the states from the computer and cutting those out, and then using them to nail around. Of Course I recommend “anchoring” the picture with a few nails around.
My materials I used were nails my dad had in the garage. Some people use fancy craft store nails but I didn’t find it necessary. I think the trick to the nails are to have a big head and short body.
I painted a old piece of wood for the base.
The string I used was not the thin kind of string some people used. I just bought a bag of the string you make friendship bracelets out of.
Then the nailing process began, I just put nails as close together as they could be and to be honest it was exhausting. Once both states were nailed, I ripped them off the board.
There is no rhyme or reason or pattern as to how I did it, I started with a knot to begin and rolled with it. Whatever looks good go with, I did no exact pattern, some people don’t cross over but I saw do whatever you think looks good!
I finished it up with some paint, but using carbon paper my dad gave me I was able to trace a nice font and transfer it to my art and then paint over that.
I sent it to my cousin in Michigan for christmas and she loves it. I am so happy!!!! I look forward to making more string art for different reasons!
I used both kind of muffin tins for this project, Mini and Normal sized. For normal sized I lined the tin with the roll, and placed a chunk of brie and a scoop of cranberry. For the mini pan I folded over the edges of the pillsbury roll to almost make a muffin like substance with a goey inside, Both were delicious and I brought them to mini Christmas party with my college friends.
Bake at 350 for 10 mins, Gorgeous little snack you have.