“A lady’s taste and nicety are very perceptible at the breakfast table. She should never allow a soiled table-cloth to appear on it. The linen should be fresh and snowy white, the tea, coffee, or cocoa, nicely made, and, if possible, fresh flowers and fruit should adorn the table.” pg. 30
Thus begins the breakfast section of the “Handy Reliable Cook Book” She goes on to speak of how the lack of these niceties, along with poorly cooked food, “are enough to derange both the temper and digestion of those who have to submit to such domestic inflictions.” I wonder what Mrs. Jane Warren would think of our hastily eaten breakfasts in front of computer, tv screen, or with the pages of a book in front of my nose. Perhaps I should find a tablecloth and flowers and give it a try, although I am not sure that even a nice white tablecloth and prettily laid table would entice hubby to eat a big cooked breakfast in the morning…
The first recipe to catch my eye i8n this section was one labelled “German Toast.” It’s similarity to French Toast was intriguing, the directions simple, and the ingredients handy. It seemed like a good recipe for my first try.
Cut thick slices of bread – baker’s is best. Having no un-sliced bread in the house, and nothing that probably resembles the “baker’s” variety of 1892, I just used the pre-sliced from the grocery store. Dip each side in milk enough to soften, then dip in beaten egg.
They did brown up very nicely in the pan. But whereas she states that 2 eggs should do me almost 12 slices of bread, I managed to use up one egg on these two slices. Perhaps they should have soaked in the milk longer, or in the egg less. I also have not used white sugar in years and don’t want to start now (how far back do I have to go to find recipes without this refined stuff?), so I served my toast with a little maple syrup and peach slices.
The final product – much moister than French Toast. Syrup adds extra moisture that probably isn’t needed (I guess Jane knew what she was talking about with the sprinkled sugar) the peaches were a nice addition. No worries of deranging my temper and digestion here. Score one for Nanna’s cook book! I would definitely make this again.