Friday, November 27, 2009

Once Upon A Time Recipes

I am linking to Cathy @ A Bit of the Blarney, she is hosting 'Once Upon A Time Recipes' where she shares a family recipe and a story to go with it.

After reading here please join Cathy for some more recipes!

Before my brother-in-law Eric passed away he and his wife Barbara used to have a big family reunion weekend at least once a year (sometimes twice a year) at their log cabin home in Connecticut. They had lots of property and we all used to pile in on them, some of us slept in the house and some of us would pitch tents on their property.
It was always lots of fun and we all looked forward to Barbara's breakfast of:



loaf of French or Italian Bread
8 eggs
3 Cups milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine

Grease pan well and slice bread into 1 inch slices. Fit bread into one large or two small baking pans.
Beat together all ingredients except butter and pour evenly over bread.
Dot each slice with butter and cover with foil.

Refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours).
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour (rotate pans after 1/2 hour).

Serve immediately with syrup or powdered sugar.

(Of course Barbara used to double, triple, and sometimes quadruple her recipe depending on crowd size. Barbara liked to sleep in late, so she would prepare this the night before and then first one up would retrieve the pans from the refrigerator and pop them in the oven!)

This recipe holds many fond memories for me.


  1. Oh my goodness this sounds wonderful for a grand family get together. I did so enjoy your story!!! Reunions are great fun aren't they? Thank you!! Cathy

  2. was heartwarming to read of a memory that brought back fond ones to you.
    The recipe sounds so good.
    Jack loves French Toast...and it is a 'must' when we go to N.C. Every morning, that is the standard: French toast with bacon. Interestingly enough, I don't cook it here at home....only there. I hope that you have a restful evening.
    Thank you again for a lovely post.

  3. Eileen, that certainly sounds like a delicious recipe, and I love that it has such fond attachments. Thank you for sharing it with us.


    Sheila :-)

  4. Love French Toast but love your story even nice that you carry such a beautiful memory in your heart....hugs to Jayden and Mia.....:-)

  5. This looks good to me. I've always wanted to try an overnight french toast. My sons are coming home for Christmas for 2 weeks so I think this would be an excellent time to try this one out.
    Thank you Eileen!
    Sweet story to go with it too. I enjoy reading the history of recipes.

  6. We love overnight french toast. Makes brunch entertaining so much easier. Love your sidebars.

  7. What a fun time Eileen, and a great idea for one who wants to sleep in! I have actually seen this recipe some where, probably in one of my old recipe books that I rarely look in!
    Love Di

  8. Eileen, this recipe sounds yummy; I can't wait to try it! Family reunions in a log cabin in CT sound wonderful!


  9. Sounds like it was a lot of fun..and a truly sweet memory!

  10. Good afternoon Eileen. What great memories you must have of your time with your brother-in-law Eric and the rest of the family. It sounds like a great recipe and very easy to make. Great post ♥