Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Rustic Apple French Toast

Posted on | October 24, 2011 | 4 Comments

It’s been an apple fest at my house the last few weeks. I’ve made a tart and a traditional crisp but was I craving something for breakfast. And I needed to use up the remaining 3 apples I picked at Russell Orchards last weekend. I came across this recipe in River Cottage Every Day, you could dress it up with brioche or use regular ol’ stale white bread. Add some bacon and you’ll have a hearty morning feast adults and kids will love.

Rustic Apple French Toast
Adapted from River Cottage Every Day

4 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
About 2 tablespoons sugar
4 thick slices of bread (I used brioche from A.J. King or make-your-own)
unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

For the apples
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
A drizzle of sunflower oil
2 crisp eating apples, cored, and cute into thin wedges (I used 3)
2 teaspoons sugar or brown sugar

Beat the eggs with milk and 1 tablespoon of the sugar, then pour into a shallow dish like a cake pan. Add the bread slices and submerge them into the egg mixture, turning to coat them well.

When the bread is soaking, cook the apples. Heat the butter and oil (I omitted) in a frying pan. Add the sliced apples and cook for 5-10 minutes. Add a little sugar toward the end to create a buttery syrup.

Fry the bread in the same pan if you like but if you added sugar you need to rinse the pan—the sugar will burn. Add a little more butter and fry for 2-3 minutes each side.

Scatter the remaining sugar and cinnamon over the bread and pile the warm apples on top with some maple syrup and serve. Enjoy!

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Model Yacht Regatta

Posted on | October 10, 2011 | 5 Comments

Over the weekend Marblehead Model Yacht Club hosted the 2011 UK-US International Challenge Cup Regatta at Redd’s Pond. Model yachts raced around the pond in freestyle races using no motors. If a boat got hung up on the edge competitors were allowed to give it a push with a steering pole.

Marblehead Model Yacht Club is one of the oldest clubs dating back to 1892. You can find them racing most every Sunday April-November (see schedule) at Redd’s Pond in Marblehead. It’s really the most adorable thing in the world to watch the boats make their way around the pond. Model racing uses the same rules as full-scale boats so you’ll often hear competitors yelling the same calls you’ve heard on the open ocean (see rules). Note the last rule, “Remember, this is a game you are playing, not a war. The object is to have fun, not to try to win at any cost”, hilarious!

Above and below snapshots from Sunday as I watched all the fun. The last shot shows model boats resting on the lawn in front of some gravestones. Redd’s Pond is adjacent to one of the beautiful cemeteries in New England, see here for photos.

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