This post puts me more than halfway through my 12 Days of Oscar feature. Today’s film of choice is the 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer. The film won five Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium), and Best Picture.
The film begins with Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) in the process of leaving her husband, Ted (Dustin Hoffman), who has just received a large account at work. Joanna leaves their son, Billy (Justin Henry), behind for Ted to raise. Ted and Billy struggle to make the arrangement work, as Ted can’t care for a child and work so many hours, and Billy misses his mother. As time goes on, they learn to handle the situation. Fifteen months later, Joanna returns to claim Billy and a nasty custody battle ensues, raising the matter of is the child really always best cared for by the mother?
I was inspired to make French toast in honor of this film. Early on, Ted struggles to make French toast for his son. By the end of the film, like so many things that Ted has mastered where caring for his son is concerned, he effortlessly makes French toast for Billy. French toast so often is effortless, once you’ve mastered the right mix of eggs, milk, and cinnamon and achieved the right temperature in the pan. Otherwise, you end up with a soggy, or eggy, or burnt mess of bread gone horribly wrong. I’ve been making French toast this way for years, and I’ve managed to get it to the right texture and sweetness. The fact that it’s coated in cinnamon sugar after cooking doesn’t hurt the sweetness, and you can actually skip the syrup because it’s sweet enough already.
Cinnamon Sugar French Toast
4 slices Texas toast bread, cut in half diagonally
1/2 C. heavy cream
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. sugar
4 Tbs. cinnamon
In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, cream, and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Beat well.
On a dinner plate, combine sugar and remaining cinnamon.
Dip each bread triangle briefly into the egg mixture and place into the skillet.
Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, flip, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side (watch carefully so they don’t burn).
Remove the bread from the skillet and immediately dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Makes 2 servings.
Source: Diana Dishes original