Crispy French Toast

by Laura on November 21, 2011

The house is quiet now—very, very quiet. I return in distracted moments to small things: the view of the bare branches of the trees against the sky from the chair I read in, the deep blue sky beginning to glow just before the sun rises as I drive my Sweet Boy to high school. It’s just the two of us now. I’m beginning to enjoy the good parts of that: dan dan noodles and wrinkled Szechuan green beans and a movie together; dancing in the kitchen; walks, mostly in silence, just the two of us; and time to talk after school and in the evening each day about everything that occupies the mind of a 17-year old boy. These things are gifts in my Dear Husband’s absence. I baked a homey apple cake this weekend and cleaned the house and slept for the first time since mid-August, and I feel a little more alive again. These things are gifts, too. My Sweet Boy and I are going to cook Thanksgiving dinner together this year, but we have a few days before we start dry brining a turkey and rolling out piecrust and tackling our list of sides. In the meantime, I’m going to recreate a crispy French toast we had years ago at a greasy spoon in St. Paul, when we were all together, laughing and mopping up syrup.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joyce November 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I’m so glad to hear that things are getting better.
This french toast looks delicious!
All the best and a happy, happy Thanksgiving!

2 Laura November 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thank you, Joyce. You’re so kind. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

3 auntie bits November 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

it’s almost 10pm and now i want french toast!!! :-) looks yummy! hoping you have a wonderful thanksgiving….so much always to be thankful for, even when there are bumps in the road, right? let’s chat soon…i miss you!
luv u! God bless!

4 Ivy November 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Your recipes are always prefaced with such lovely writing–almost cinematic. I’m glad things are getting better for you; maybe Thanksgiving can add just the tiniest bit more sweetness? The French toast looks amazing by the way!

5 Susan November 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

Wow this is so smart and looks delicious!

6 leaf (the indolent cook) November 22, 2011 at 4:43 am

This is something new to me – looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.

7 Laura November 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thank you all, especially Ivy. Auntie Bits, miss you, too. xo

8 Carolyn Jung November 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

Oh my! As if regular French toast wasn’t enough to put a smile on my face. One that’s coated in corn flakes will have me positively giddy.

9 Sophia November 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Mnmnm! I’m hurrying home!

10 Lizzi November 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

You are a god among women among gods among women among gods among women among please-come-and-live-with-me.

This is just beautiful. And I’m glad to hear things are, at least kind of, getting a little easier. You are lucky to have that boy of yours, and he is lucky to have you. Take care, smile, and make some more of this French toast ASAP.

11 Laura November 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Honey Girl, I can’t wait for you to arrive!
Lizzi, you are so funny. If you’re ever in the States, please visit. I’ll cook you whatever you fancy. Right now, I have the ingredients at the ready for a few more days of after school-snack French toast for Freddy. He seems quite happy to gobble it down.

12 Emily November 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Mrs. Lindekugel! I made this tonight and it was a huge hit. I drool over your blog, but I think this was the recipe I most wanted to make immediately (it helped that it matched my cooking skill level). It was sweet and crunchy and delicious. Thanks you from the Rosengrens.

13 Laura November 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Ms. Rosengren! Thank you so much. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it. xo

14 Rosa November 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

Scrumptious French toast and amazing clicks!



15 Laura November 28, 2011 at 8:12 am


16 Gail November 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

This always pleases me to find a new post, I wait patiently tho because it is
like being home in Minnesota again. People ‘from there, get other people from there’ and I’m so glad that you share your lovely talents. I chuckle when I lift you and the little flying bird over your blog header up in prayer.
many thanks, Gail

17 Laura November 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Thank you, Gail. That’s very kind of you. I read New Yorker Gabrielle Hamilton’s food memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter last week, and she writes about working with a Midwesterner who, i suspect, was her introduction to our regional culture. I wouldn’t make a very good New Yorker, that’s for sure. Best wishes to you.

18 Jeri @ FatBurningFurnace December 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

This was really good – easy to make and crispy. I never would have thought to use corn flakes – lovely idea! It is great with different types of bread as well. It was different than any French toast I ever had, but different in a good way!

19 Laura December 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

20 Kaitlin December 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

This is the most beautiful and scrumptious-looking french toast I have ever seen. Your photos are so comforting and peaceful. I love the feather with the eggs and the text over the photos, too.

I hope you and your son had a lovely Thanksgiving.

21 Kaitlin December 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Also, lots and lots of hugs. Don’t know how I left that out of my comment earlier!

22 Laura December 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Kaitlin, You’re so sweet! Thank you. xo

23 kris jacobson December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm


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