OK. I am posting this early to make sure you have these few simple ingredients at home to make your Friday morning a little glimpse of heaven. A close relative of French Toast this one, but a very special start to the day to remember St. Teresa of Avila. Anything Carmelite should be sweet. It is an excuse to make caramel! Butter and sugar are the order of the day. This is great for breakfast - take your time over your coffee this morning. It will be Friday after all.
Pan de Santa Teresa
3 cups of milk
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 Lemon zest
12 slices of French/Italian uncut bread (can be a little stale)
1 tablespoon cinnamon mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar (for sprinkling)
Olive Oil or butter for frying
Mix together the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick and lemon zest. Gently heat the milk mixture to ensure the flavours mix. Slice the bread into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Place the bread in a large flat dish and cover with the milk. Beat the three eggs and pour them into another large flat dish. Take each slice from the milk and cover it quickly through the egg, then fry until it is brown and crusty. Try not to let the bread get too too soggy in the milk. Sprinkle the fried slices with cinnamon sugar. Enjoy with coffee slowly. St. Teresa's prayer to 'let nothing trouble you' is the order of the day today, and it happens, it was the order of my year too - so can be read here (sorry it is in the original Spanish - I'll get a proper translation before Friday). This is enough to feed 4 hungry people.