Isn’t Life Grand

Before we bid adieu to our culinary tour of Greenland, we had to try one more recipe. Back when we made our Kalaallit Kaagiat (Greenlandic Cake), one of our commenters asked if it would make a good French toast. It also just so happened that we had recently printed off Linda’s recipe for Grand Marnier French Toast over at Savoring Every Bite. And having just purchased a bottle of Grand Marnier for our Greenlandic Coffee, well, you know where this is going…Β 

Linda’s recipe suggests Pannetone bread and after looking up a recipe, it’s really rather similar to the Greenlandic cake. Who were we to argue with Kismet, so Miss A and I set out to make another loaf. She again handled all the kneading, this is really her bread after all. However, this time we placed the dough in a loaf pan to create a more traditional shaped bread. Or as Miss A explained, it needs walls so it doesn’t grow.

She again mastered this recipe with ease.

We then let the bread sit for a few days before making our French toast which was pretty straight-forward. Miss A juiced the oranges for batter.

Then we just needed eggs, orange zest, Grand Marnier, heavy cream and nutmeg.

Mr. N took care of whisking the ingredients all together.

And then pouring the batter into a baking dish where we placed the slices of bread to soak up the batter.

After soaking the bread for several minutes we turned them to soak the other side.

We then fried them up on the griddle until golden brown.

In the meantime, Mike prepared our sauce. Linda’s recipe called for orange blossom honey, which we didn’t have on hand, so we added a splash of orange blossom water to our ingredients.

The sauce thickened up beautifully and smelled wonderful.

We served the Grand Greenlandic French Toast with some fruit and Linda’s orange syrup. It was out of this world good. The bread held up wonderfully as French toast and the citrus infusion was so refreshing.

This was easily a 4 spoon French toast and we’re likely to see this one in the finals next year; although that said, it’s tough competition so far.

Now for a quick story about our little princess who you’ll notice was dolledΒ up for the occasion. This time she donned her best dress for her cousin’s birthday party. I believe she was dressed by 7:30 a.m. and the party wasn’t until 2 p.m. No matter, she was ready. But this story has to do with this past Easter weekend. Sunday morning as Mike was making deviled eggs and I was busy with something or other, Miss A called to Mike from the living room and asked if she could please have her juice. He said his hands were messy at the moment, but could bring it to her in a few minutes, or she could come out and get it. It was on the counter after all.

Well, Miss A was not having that. She pleaded and pleaded with Mike who stuck to his answer. She then turned to me, but I was also in the midst of something and told her she could walk one room over to get her drink. Next she turned to Mr. N and asked him with her most sweet voice. He looked at her like she was nuts. So with all of her options run out, she walked over to the steps and sat down to cry, telling us that we all made her sad. (Mind you the steps are an equal distance from the couch as her cup.) When no one gave in to her clear attempt at guilting us into submission, she then walked out to the kitchen and told Mike she would help him with the deviled eggs. And she did, from the same counter on which her juice was sitting. Once finished, she promptly walked back out to the couch, sat down and asked her daddy, “Now that you’re done with the eggs, will you please bring me my juice?”

Life is certainly grand when you’re a princess. And I have to say, Linda, this little princess LOVED your orange sauce. She was literally spooning it out of the pan after breakfast. I can’t say that I blame her either! Now whether this French toast ends up champion remains to be seen, but I can honestly say it’s definitely one worth trying in the meantime. Cheers and we’ll see you later in the week with our very first recipe from….now did you really think I was going to give it away?! Have a great week everyone!

To make the Grand Greenlandic French Toast:
Print this recipe: Kalaallit Kaagiat

And you’ll need this recipe: Grand Marnier French Toast with Honey Orange Syrup

71 thoughts on “Isn’t Life Grand

  1. spicegirlfla says:

    Kristy, this post just made my day!! Little Miss Princess A! I just made my relocation move on Thursday and sitting in a “strange” new place, feeling a bit out of sorts and reading this made me smile and feel like I was back with family!! That little princess has got it down pat for sure! Oh my, I think that story beat out anything my daughter had done! I’m so happy to see you made the french toast with Grand Marnier – of course, you do need to use up the bottle!! And I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.

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  2. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise says:

    I was laughing out loud when I read about Miss A, my son who will be three in June does the same!
    He is a prince for sure! and sometimes watching him be so stubborn can be really funny.
    I love the orange sauce and I think it will be a hit here too

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  3. Caroline says:

    I think I’d be spooning the orange sauce out of the pan as well!! This gourmet French toast sounds amazing, Kristy. Honestly, I can’t stop staring at the photos. It looks so much better than my breakfast of yogurt this morning, ha!

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  4. Courtney says:

    This recipe looks so good! I can see why Miss A was scooping out the leftovers – this is definitely going on my breakfast to-do list. πŸ™‚ And your Miss A story, priceless. I have a little prince who thinks the same way she does. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Lisa Nocera (@LisaNutrition) says:

    I agree this french toast recipe looks out of this world good! I am book marking this one, so unique with the choice of bread to the orange grand marnier sauce. Linda offers so many great recipes, nice to see you put your own twist with it. Miss A is a princess alright! But she’s so darn cute and she is the baby of the family, you gotta love this moment in your lives, so precious! Hope you all had a great Easter! I had to take a break last week, my kids were physically and mentally draining me with all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing.

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    • Kristy says:

      The warm weather has been incredible hasn’t it?! I don’t blame you for spending time outside with them. It’s hard to pass it up. πŸ™‚ And you’re right…there’s something to her being the baby of the family. πŸ™‚

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  6. infinebalance says:

    I have to say, I love the pictures of your kids as they cook. They are truly precious. My husband asked me the other day – why so many pictures of Gav on your blog. “He is always with me in the kitchen.” was my answer. Hopefully he will always want to cook with me, forever and ever.

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  7. Purely.. Kay says:

    I can not believe Miss A did that LOL. I am still laughing. I don’t think my mother would’ve let me get away with it if I tried it.. she would’ve probably told me “Don’t think because you’re helping I’m giving you your juice” LOL. I wish I could’ve been a princess in training. The french toast.. superb! I love breakfast food. I would’ve never thought to include oranges.. I love it

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  8. Just A Smidgen says:

    Sooo funny! I’m not positive, but I think she was making a point there.. “See, I got up and helped you now you should want to help me too.” Maybe she is not so much a Princess.. but a wise young lady! My goodness she is a sweetheart!! Loved your story and the expression on her brother’s face sounded priceless. As did this recipe today.. I would love a slice of this right now, homemade bread, sauce.. all delicious!! xo Smidge ps could I have a glass of juice to go with my french toast, please;)

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  9. Karen says:

    The French toast sounds like it was truly delicious. My husband is of the opinion that every girl no matter the age should be treated like a princess. Miss A is truly a princess in training.

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  10. Eva Taylor says:

    NOW that is devotion to a recipe…making your own bread. Very impressive! And I love the flavours. It’s so lovely to see the kids in action!

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    • Kristy says:

      I love to see the kids in these too. Miss A is usually always in the kitchen with me now. I don’t even have to ask her to help – she’s just there already finding things to do. It’s wonderful. Mr. N, well, he’s growing up a bit lately and often has more pressing things to attend to – friends, LEGOs, books, etc. That said, when he’s in the kitchen he’s so helpful and capable anymore! πŸ™‚

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      • Eva Taylor says:

        My mom always encouraged it too, and my brother and turned out loving to cook and feed people!
        Their partners will thank you!

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  11. Geni - Sweet and Crumby says:

    Can I place a bet on this French toast for the grand slam winner? This looks crazy, ridiculously delicious. Next fancy Sunday breakfast, I am making THIS! And Miss A. cracks me up and so do you Kristy. Kids are a hoot. I’m glad that you obviously have a sense of humor about her antics. So many parents seem to think they have to mold their kids 24/7. I like your casual but straightforward approach. Not that you needed my two cents but sometimes it’s just nice to hear that someone else thinks you are a great mom. It never can hurt to have too many of those opinions…right?

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    • Kristy says:

      There we go! We should lay odds on this tournie. LOL! And thank you Geni – you’re right, you can never have too many of those opinions. πŸ™‚ And I do totally enjoy them. I can’t tell you how many times they make me smile – even on a tough day. It’s awesome!

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  12. Kelly says:

    “She walked over to the steps and sat down to cry…Mind you, the steps are an equal distance from the couch as her cup” Haha, loved that! :).

    Be afraid Mom. Be very afraid. Beautiful and smart = lethal combination; good luck with that ;-).

    The orange sauce on these French toast looks divine and I like that you waited a few days before using up your fresh loaf – the French call it β€œpain perdu” because traditionally, old/stale bread was used and given a second life in the making of French toast. Your dish looks beautiful too Kristy – great job.

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    • Kristy says:

      LOL! I tell Mike that all the time. She’s beautiful and smart. We’re in so much trouble. Ha! And that’s why they call it pain perdu! Good to know that now. πŸ™‚

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  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Kristy! Your children are so adorable and they are very focusing on their task! How cute! My soon to be 6 yo son and 4 yo daugther help me sometimes but it’s usually a big chaos….not like your kitchen! The French toasts look so delicious and beautiful at the same time!

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    • Kristy says:

      Hi Nami! Thank you so much. And I had to laugh – you have no idea the amount of chaos we have around here sometimes. LOL. πŸ™‚ That said, it always makes for an exciting meal time and good stories. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. (Except maybe sometimes when I need a few moments of peace.) πŸ˜‰

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  14. Three Well Beings says:

    A princess in the making! I wouldn’t be able to stand my ground against that charm, I tell you! My granddaughter is snuggled up against me as I read this post and she agrees that the french toast looks just wonderful. I must have some πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see where we’re going next with your culinary adventure! Debra

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    • Kristy says:

      I know my mom and mother-in-law would say the same thing. She is such a cuddly and devoted little granddaughter. A total sweetheart – even when she’s demanding things. LOL. Enjoy your snuggle time with your little one. πŸ™‚

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  15. ChgoJohn says:

    My favorite french toast begins with panettone so I imagine your bread with Linda’s orange sauce mut’ve been out of this world delicious! As for Miss A, she’s honing her skills. The men in her future won’t stand a chance.

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    • Kristy says:

      LOL! The men in her life now (dad, Grandpa, Papa…) already don’t stand a chance. She’s had them around her little finger since she was born (and she knows it). πŸ˜‰

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    • Kristy says:

      The funny thing is that so often she’s very independent and insists on doing everything herself. Except of course when she’s insisting someone else do it for her. LOL. Assertiveness is her gift! πŸ˜‰

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  16. sallybr says:

    Please tell The Princess that I will be using this trick on Phil from now on. Life is too short not to use your royal powers at every opportunity (the poor guy is in crutches, so maybe I should wait a little… πŸ˜‰

    Lovely post, the orange juice logic made me start the day with the best smile ever!

    (teenage years will bring some grey to her Mom’s beautiful hair…. πŸ˜‰

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  17. Mary says:

    What a lovely post! your children are SO gorgeous – I love the way they take their cooking very seriously!! and what chefs!! this is the first post I’ve looked at today and oh boy – could I eat this for breakfast!!
    mary x

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  18. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita) says:

    Hi,
    Love this recipe. It looks so yummy. Very impressive that you also baked your own bread. What a wonderful breakfast to treat your family to.
    Your little princess is adorable. You had me smiling all the way with the juice story.

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  19. Charles says:

    β€œNow that you’re done with the eggs, will you please bring me my juice?”
    LOL! πŸ˜€

    I used to like doing things like that, mainly because I was nicely ensconced in the couch and didn’t want to move… now I’m the one who has to get up and “go get some strawberries” or whatnot.

    Another cracking French toast recipe – I think this one looks my favourite so far… it all looks excellent, from beginning, the bread, again looking fab, to the very end. How interesting you were using oranger flower water this weekend – I was too…. will be posting the dish on Friday πŸ™‚

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    • Kristy says:

      Can’t wait to see your post with the orange blossom water. I have quite a lot of it left. πŸ™‚ I have no doubt your role has changed a bit…funny how that happens. Somehow though I don’t think Miss A’s role will change anytime soon.

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  20. hotlyspiced says:

    Princesses are so good at getting what they want. They are born highly trained. Good luck there! What delicious looking French toast and i am so impressed that you went to the trouble of baking your own bread. And then you left it for two days? I couldn’t do that around here, I’ve got teenagers. They would have gobbled it up before it had time to cool down.

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