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Host a Morning Celebration With This DIY French Toast Bar

Now that the cold weather months are upon us, it’s time for cozy breakfast gatherings, weekend brunches with friends, and lazy winter mornings with your family.  Whatever kind of morning entertaining strikes your fancy, a sweet and savory French toast spiced with cinnamon and vanilla will make the occasion absolutely scrumptious! 

This special treat becomes the star of any morning party when you set up a French toast bar. This festive buffet comes together quickly, and lets your guests customize their own tasty creations with lots of accompaniment options. The best part? Once the French toast bar is up and running, you have plenty of time to enjoy the meal with your guests—instead of standing over the stove!

Upgrade Your Toast

You can use just about any type of bread to prepare French toast, but a twist on the classic is sure to delight. This recipe from Wolferman’s takes a delicious twist on the traditional dish by using English muffins. Yum! This recipe even lets you soak the English muffins overnight to save time in the morning. Once you've cooked the French toast, place it on a baking sheet in a low oven (200 degrees F) while you set up the rest of your bar.

Prep the Toppings

Here comes the fun part! Arranging different sauces and spreads is easy when you start with fruit butters and preserves in display-ready packaging, including such flavors as pumpkin, apple, triple berry, peach, blueberry, and strawberry. Line those up with a bowl of whipped cream, small dishes of sprinkles, a pitcher of maple syrup, a selection of compound gourmet butters (think sweet cinnamon and caramel sea salt), and orange blossom honey for guests to drizzle on top.  Include some fresh fruit to pile on or eat on the side; raspberries, sliced bananas, melon balls, and chunks of juicy pear are crowd pleasers at my home.

Don’t Forget the Sides!

Sweet and savory come together at breakfast, so offer rashers of bacon or sausages on the side. You can prepare either breakfast meat easily—less over the stove time for you—by laying bacon slices or sausage links on a baking sheet covered with tin foil and baking it in a 350F oven for about 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet, flip each piece, and then return the pan to the oven for about 10 minutes or until the meat is golden brown and crisp. So simple and no splattered grease on your stovetop!

Offer beverages 

A variety of juices, sparkling and still waters, coffee, and tea will complete your French toast bar. Set up an electric teakettle, water glasses, saucers, mugs, and gourmet tea bags on a sideboard so people can help themselves. For the freshest cup of Joe, whirl these whole beans in your coffee grinder and brew just as guests arrive, serving the final product in an urn. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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