Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mal's French Toast Recipe :)

First of all, its about the bread.
this is the recipe for the bread I used:





Prep Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day
  1. 1 Sprinkle yeast over warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. 2 Add honey, butter and salt; whisk until yeast is dissolved.
  3. 3 Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4 Add 3 cups flour; mix on low speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  5. 5 Add 3 more cups of flour; mix until incorporated.
  6. 6 On a lightly floured surface, knead dough, adding up to 1 cup more flour as needed; knead until smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky, about 5 minutes (I do this with my dough hook in the mixer).
  7. 7 Let rise in a large buttered bowl, covered with plastic wrap in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  8. 8 Preheat oven to 400.
  9. 9 Butter two 4 ½ by 8 ½ inch loaf pans.
  10. 10 Punch down the dough; transfer to a lightly floured surface.
  11. 11 Divide dough in half.
  12. 12 Gently knead each piece until smooth.
  13. 13 Shape each piece into a loaf, tucking sides underneath to form a seam down the middle.
  14. 14 Place loaves, seam side down, in buttered pans.
  15. 15 Let rise until dough reaches top of pans, 15 to 20 minutes.
  16. 16 Brush top of loaves with butter.
  17. 17 Bake until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped on bottom (briefly turn out loaf to test), 35 to 45 minutes.
  18. 18 Let cool slightly in pans on wire racks; unmold.
  19. 19 Let cool until just warm before slicing.

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French toast directions, ingredients:
- need: about 1/3 cup milk ( i used rice milk),
           1 T sugar - i mixed 1 teaspoon of stevia with a little brown sugar (i add sugar b/c i don't dust with powdered sugar afterward)
           2 large eggs 

Mix together in a dish you can dip your bread in.
Dip on both sides,
(Have pan ready to frying temperature (usually Medium-High)
(use 2 T butter for frying- & you want it to sizzle when you place the toast down)
Cook until crispy on edges.
Serve & enjoy. I used agave nectar as syrup. :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

More money saving tips i've learned..

- Hang clothes on a line- if you live in a small space/ no yard, use a clothes hanging device that folds out and then folds back up afterward- walmart carries them.

- hand wash clothes when possible & re-wear jeans

- Bring meals with you when traveling, even when running errands. Plus you never know if you may be stranded

- Find ways to reduce your cell phone bill- tracfone & skype, etc.

- Always check consignment shops, goodwill before buying new

all for now.