Yuck. I am sick again, this time with a higher fever and a “productive” cough. I haven’t had a “productive” cough or a fever this high since I was in junior high school. Uuugghhh. I have cancelled all of my weekend commitments and set up my bedroom as a sick room–again. Yes, Pudding is taking good care of me.
This morning when I woke up feeling bad, something instinctive in me said, “this is your last chance to cook and eat something good, so take it!” Well. When one’s inner voice speaks with such urgency, one would usually do well to heed it–so I did. This is my emergency French toast, emergency because I save it for very, very special times. I make this about once every two years, in my best estimation.
Beat together one egg, a splash of milk, a splash of vanilla, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Put the first of your two slices of bread in the custard to soak, and tend to your frying pan. You’ll want a large one for both pieces of bread (because this is an emergency, so you get to have two!). Put it to heat, oil it, and sprinkle a column of sugar down the middle.
Finish soaking your two pieces of bread (I use regular whole-wheat sandwich bread, nothing special) and put them to fry on the column of sugar. Cover their exposed tops with more sugar. There will be a bare coating of custard left in your soaking bowl. Put a handful of pecans in this and stir them around, then dump them on one side of the bread and cover with a generous sprinkling of sugar. Be sure to tend to them well, stirring and moving them whenever you aren’t busy tending to the bread. They burn easily.
Fry bread until each side has a crispy, crunchy, caramelized coating of sugar on it. Top with the candied pecans. Do not add syrup, this is sweet enough already! Just sit, and enjoy this little bit of peace and comfort in the middle of the emergency.
Emo Pudding is sad that I’m not feeling well.