How to survive March Break (with Cocktails)

byJon Preskow | publishedMarch 05th, 2019
How to survive March Break (with Cocktails)

Surviving March Break starts with a great breakfast. Surviving March Break ends with easy yummy cocktails. We’ve got a recipe to make your mornings easier this March break. Plus, a couple of adult only recipes, because you deserve to have some fun this March Break too.

Our delicious Baked French Toast can feed an army. It’s a great one to make ahead and freeze portions to warm up through-out the week. The best part, the maple syrup and oat topping. Delicious.

Then, for those 19 years of age and older, we’ve got not just one but two Martini Cocktails to enjoy after the kids are in bed (we won’t judge if you shake these up a little earlier). You probably have the ingredients in your cupboard which make these easy to put together. Our Pear Martini features a slice of pear for garnish, consider that a serving of fruit. If you are a coffee fan like we are, you’ll want to double up the Espresso Martini recipe for a second round.

Read on for recipes.

BAKED FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

Baked French Toast

Serves: 8-10 people

Estimated Prep Time: 30 minutes & chill overnight for best results

Cook Time: 45-60 minutes

Ingredients:

Bread Mixture

  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups 10% cream
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 challah (brioche egg bread) cut into 1” cubes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Maple Oat Topping

  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

    1. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until well combined but not frothy.
    2. Add the cubed challah bread and lightly mix until the bread cubes are well coated with the egg mixture.
    3. Pour into a baking dish that is around 9.5” x 12” x 3” (A deep pan works best as the French Toast doubles in size when it bakes).
    4. Melt the butter (if you haven’t already) then mix in the brown sugar, maple syrup, oats and vanilla.
    5. Drizzle mixture over top of the French toast, then cover and refrigerate overnight for best results. If you’re short on time, 2 hours will be just fine.
    6. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven until puffed in the center and browned. Depending on your oven, this will take approximately 45-60 minutes.
    7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

If that isn’t enough, take it to the next level with these additional Baked French Toast topping ideas:

  • Spread berry compote, drizzle maple syrup and top your Baked French Toast with whipped cream
  • Feeling decadent? Try melting Mars Chocolate bars on top with whipped cream
  • For the Nutella lovers out there, using a 1:1 ratio (50/50), warm up the famous chocolate hazelnut spread and mix with whipped cream. Spread on top and feel free to add slice strawberries too.
  • Finally, for a full tummy and slightly less calories (we said slightly), you could try 0% Greek yogurt, maple syrup and toasted coconut on top of your delicious Baked French Toast.

Best part about toppings, the kids can help.

Now for the adults:

PEAR MARTINI 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1.5 oz Pear Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • ¾ oz Freshly squeeze lime juice
  • Sliced pear (optional)
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Instructions:

Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker with your ice.  Shake well and strain you’re your favourite martini or cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh pear.

ESPRESSO MARTINI 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Espresso

Instructions:

We recommend using an espresso machine for optimal coffee flavour.

Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker with your ice.  Shake well, like really well. You want some froth action. Strain the mixture into a martini or cocktail glass.

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