Did you know that you can buy French toast already made?
I’m not talking about those frozen sticks of French toast-like substance; I’m talking about real pieces of thick, high quality Aunt Millie’s bread with all the yummy flavor of French toast built right in. You just pop a slice in the toaster and—bam!—French toast smells waft throughout your kitchen, and maybe fill your entire home, if your home is a 600-square foot, one bedroom apartment. In a matter of minutes, you’re eating French toast with a sly smile as if you’re getting away with something.
This is surely wizardry.
Breakfast breads are one of my more recent culinary habits. If you’re like me, maybe you enjoy a slice of toasted Aunt Millie’s Cinnamon Raisin bread for special occasion breakfasts, but generally, you labor over a plain piece of toast, adding your own cinnamon, peanut butter, jam, etc. to give it the pizzazz that everyone’s breakfast needs.
I didn’t know there was a whole world of breads ready for me to eat with such little effort that even I can’t call it cooking. Instead, I refer to the process as “preparing breakfast” because I do still have to use the toaster.
In addition to the aforementioned French Toast and Cinnamon Raisin, Aunt Millie’s also offers us Michigan Cherry and Whole Wheat Cinnamon. All four of these flavors are crowd-pleasers. I can’t wait to impress my next houseguests with my buffet of breakfast breads.
Michigan cherries are one of my favorite summer treats, and since I can’t find them out here in San Francisco, the Aunt Millie’s Michigan Cherry Swirl Bread fills that void. (I feel sorry for Californians who don’t receive regular shipments of Aunt Millie’s bread.) The tartness of the cherries comes through nicely, making this bread perfect for those who don’t like the intense sweetness of other breakfast breads.
For the more health-conscious toast-eaters, there is the whole wheat cinnamon bread. In addition to capturing precisely that comforting cinnamon toast experience, this one satisfies the 10-to-1 fiber ratio that our resident dietitian implores us to follow.
All you need is butter.
These breads are so brimming with flavor, as anything that smells this amazing assuredly is, that they need no dressing up. I spread a little bit of butter on each piece as soon as it comes out of the toaster. The butter melts immediately and really brings the flavors to life. I close my eyes and imagine I made French toast from scratch. And who wouldn’t believe me? My entire apartment is filled with the unmistakable scent of fresh, homemade French toast.
Katie Pruitt is not a chef or even a home cook. She is a writer with a lifelong passion for toast. Although she grew up just a couple miles from the Aunt Millie's bakery in Fort Wayne, she now has loaves of Aunt Millie's bread flown to her in San Francisco on a regular basis.