My dad will carefully touch a finger to his plate to see if it’s been heated. He’s not a complainer, but give him a cold dinner plate and you’ll hear about it with a soft murmur of “not hot.” His caregivers each have their own method for warming the plate. They put it in the oven or the microwave, or run it under hot water, and our boldest nurse places it directly over an open flame on the stove top so that when the eggs hit the plate they sizzle and continue to cook.
This morning I decided to heat everyone’s plates. I wanted everyone to enjoy their french toast piping hot, and to sit down together to eat. I kept a platter going in the oven, and put the plates all around.
My grandmother, Mollye, taught me how to make plum jam. If you’re not lucky enough to have homemade, go out and buy some plum jam. It’s fantastic on french toast.
French Toast (serves 4)
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 c. milk
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- butter for the pan
- 8 slices bread (I use left-over challah)
Whisk up the eggs, and mix in the remaining ingredients. Melt 1-2 Tbs. butter in a large pan. When the butter is very hot, dip each slice of bread, first one side and then the other, and place immediately into the hot pan. Brown well on each side. Keep warm in oven, cover with a clean kitchen towel if the platter will be in the oven more than 10 minutes. Serve with lightly warmed plum jam.