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Christmas Eve French Toast

Holiday Greetings from Helena, Montana!  You might think I'd be down, spending Christmas alone in a new city, but I've felt so welcome since I've been here, I actually feel happy and relaxed!

Oh, and don't worry.  You can make this tomorrow.  It will be a great addition to your Christmas morning. 


I normally do some version of the Feast of Seven Fish for dinner on Christmas Eve, , but there's not harm in starting my Christmas Eve off with a luxe breakfast.  These are the perks of not traveling for the holidays!  I'm going to commence with my usual Christmas Eve/Christmas routine (when I spend them alone), which includes a great breakfast with a glass of bubbles and a great dinner, followed by watching "It's a Wonderful Life" in black-and-white.

If you're celebrating, Merry Christmas to you!  Do you have any holiday traditions that you can't live without when it comes to food?

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Christmas Eve French Toast


- 1 thick slice of bread

- 1 egg, beaten

- 1 tsp. cinnamon

- a few grates of fresh nutmeg

- 1 tsp. vanilla extract

- 1/2 c. champagne

- 2 apricots, diced

- 1 T. apricot preserves

- 1 T. sugar

- 1 T. butter

- powdered sugar


Whisk together the egg, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. 


In a small pan, bring the champagne, apricots, sugar and preserves to a simmer.  Let the mixture simmer while you prepare and cook the French Toast. 


Lay the bread in the egg mixture.  Let it sit for 1-2 minutes per side, allowing it to soak up the batter. 


Heat the butter in a small non-stick skillet.  Add the bread and cook for 2-3 minutes per side; until it is golden brown.  Plate the toast and top with the warm apricot mixture.  Garnish with the powdered sugar.