For my sister's first ever mother's day, Brendan and I wanted to plan a Special Surprise Mother's Day Breakfast. I picked up some amazing looking Challah Bread (made by Cheryl Ann's of Brookline) from Savenor's. I had a vision of Challah French Toast with Blackberry Maple Syrup and Whipped Cream. Brendan, April, and I made Lauren a little Mother's Day card. We literally had April sign it in her teeny tiny little baby fist. So, she's already writing her name and we think we she might be a genius.
Brendan made his specialty lattes. Mmmm. I miss that espresso machine of theirs.
I made french toast in the cast iron skillet with canola oil a la Orangette. The reasoning, as explained by Molly on her blog: "The hot oil, Burg claimed, seals the outside of the bread and turns it wondrously crisp and lightly puffed, while the inside melts to a near-custard." Word.
The blackberry maple syrup was my own little concoction. Recipe below.
And here are a few snapshots of our stroll through the Boston Public Garden on the slightly rainy mother's day.
And finally, Baby April, in her Mother's Day's Finest:
Challah French Toast a la Orangette with...
BLACKBERRY MAPLE SYRUP
1 cup of pure Vermont maple syrup
1 teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar
¾ cup of fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
Pour the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar into a small, heavy saucepan. Add ¾ cup of blackberries. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until berries have released juices and syrup has thickened a bit.
Remove from heat, stir in butter until completely melted, and let stand until warm.
Sauce can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat until warm before serving. Any remaining fresh blackberries can be used when serving french toast.
Fresh Whipped Cream
1 ½ cups of Heavy Cream
Place mixing bowl, whisk, and cream in freezer for 5 minutes.
Whip cold cream in ice cold mixing bowl fitted with ice cold whisk attachment on medium-high until cream until light, fluffy soft peaks have formed. Do NOT overwhip. Or you will ruin mother's day! J/k ... :)