365 Breakfasts 063: Maple-Rum French Toast

Maple-rum French toast topped with strawberries and whipped cream.


Recipe from p. 648 of the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking called for sugar or maple syrup and vanilla or rum in the batter. What would you use?


It also called for "white sandwich bread." Obviously I used whole-grain bread. Now for my bread rant:


Does anyone reading this still eat white bread? You need an intervention. Whole grain bread has more flavor, more nutrition, more fiber. It tastes better and is more healthful.


And what's this about "white or wheat"? People, what is white bread made of? White flour. What is white flour made of? Wheat!


So unless you're on a gluton-free diet (which exempts you from this entire discussion), white bread is wheat bread. The choice, correctly stated, is "white or whole wheat." But really that is no choice of all. The only correct answer is, "whole wheat, please."


You're welcome!

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  • Lucy 6y

    Wait, is that bacon I see tucked underneath?
  • astanse♥(Angela Stansell) 6y

    Oh my!!!! Delicious!!!!
  • tony adcock 6y

    it's OK, that is whole grain bacon. and the rum burns off any extra calories. This washed down with a bottle of champagne, is all a growing boy needs.
  • Lucy 6y

    Tony, it's not so much the calorie content that makes my eyes pop (from the few photos I've seen of Walter, he cuts a lean figure) but the shocking combination of sweet and savoury.

    Let's not forget the rum either.

    I think all this talk of bread and wheat is just a cunning smokescreen to distract us from the real issue - the real issue being strawberries, maple syrup, whipped cream, rum... and bacon.

  • Walter Ezell 6y

    Lacrimosa, I tried to hide the bacon, but you found it. Oh, well.
  • Susan Isbell Images 6y

    Looks amazing and remember, you should eat like a king at breakfast. You can cut back a little at lunch and dinner.

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • Jenny Munro 6y

    The strawberries look gorgeous. I'm ready to eat that.
  • Maʝicdölphin 6y

    that looks super yum!
  • nicolas Valentin 6y

    thats's sick !but the bacon looks allright !
  • {o-f-f} 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sweet refreshment of my soul ♥ ♥ ♥, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Jeffrey Kontur 6y

    Um, rye... pumpernickel... or Arnold's terrific "Health Nut" bread which has actual nuts baked right into it!
  • Walter Ezell 6y

    For a while they were making something called Russian Dark Bread, which was great. But I do like the Health Nut.
  • Jen Modliszewski 3y

    First photo I peeked at in your breakfast series. The strawberries look really good... But now I have a question for you: what about baguette dipped in olive oil? Now that's a good reason to eat white wheat bread!
  • Walter Ezell 3y

    I don't think white wedding cake is made from whole wheat flour. A baguette dipped in olive oil is a delicious treat, and I suppose it is OK if regarded as some kind of cake-like indulgence. I just want to be mindful of the glycemic load of what I eat. There are short-term and long-term consequences of abusing the pancreas.
  • Jen Modliszewski 3y

    Oh, I agree. I just wanted to see what your limits were. :)
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