As I got ready to put my recipe in the mail for the Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Christmas recipe exchange #XmasRecipeExchange, I decided that I wanted to share my recipe choice and the story behind it with our readers as well.
First off, I would like to thank Anna Cade the blog mistress, herder of feline friends, and all round delightfully quirky and fun-loving reader gal pal for organizing the HCBS Christmas Recipe Exchange on-line event. She does lots of abso-fab events like this and she pulls them off with panache and style.
I wanted to participate in this event because one, I wanted to get into the Christmas spirit, I wanted to share some foodie fun, and hey, it was simple and painless. The hardest part was deciding on the actual recipe. I have (too) many. Christmas tends to inspire me when most of the year cooking and baking are things I do because I must.
Anyhoots, it was one of my annual Christmas Bucket List traditions that paved the way for me to choose THE PERFECT recipe. I adore the warm fuzzy holiday movies and unlike other things that really push the envelope, I don’t mind that they are now sprawling into the beginning of November. Since it was premiered, Hallmark Channel’s The Christmas Card has been a must see each year.
Watching the movie and having my need to find a recipe on my mind led to a set of memories which incidentally produced the exact recipe I wanted to share with my hand-picked new Christmas Recipe pen pal. I’m including an excerpt from my explanation so I can share my special Christmas memory and recipe with you- our precious readers too:
My parents were Air Force and so it wasn’t unusual for one or both to be away even during holidays. However, during the holidays that we were all home together my mother had a Christmas morning tradition. She would bake us Grandmere’s Inn Stuffed French Toast. The recipe came from a cookbook my mom bought as her souvenir from Grandmere’s Inn because both she and my dad loved the food when they stayed there. The inn has sentimental value to them because my parents stayed there a few times when they would need to reconnect as a couple (without kids in tow) after a long separation because of duty assignments.
I don’t get home to family for Christmas, but rarely these days so I continue the tradition separately in my own home now just knowing that mom is doing it thousands of miles away too.
Grandmere’s Inn is now closed so I’ll just share a picture of the town in winter to give you a snap shot of what it is like.
GRANDMERE’S INN STUFFED FRENCH TOAST-
1 loaf of Sourdough bread
8 oz cream cheese
2 ½ c milk
1 c pure maple syrup
½ c butter, melted
Cube 1 loaf of sourdough bread. Spray 9” casserole dish with Pam. Layer as follows: bred, sliced 8 oz block of cream cheese in ¼” slices, bread. Mix 2 ½ c milk, 8 eggs, and ½ c pure maple syrup. Pour over casserole, making sure that bread is saturated. Bake for 2 hours at 350`. Pour mixture of ½ c syrup and ½ c melted butter over all.