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rise and shine, valentine a romantic breakfast (or brunch) in bed 
by Yee-Fan Sun
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Chi-chi dinners at fancy restaurants are fun, sure, but for me, at least, romance is best when it’s a little more relaxed, and a lot more intimate. Which is why there’s little in the world that makes me happier than a long, lazy morning spent lounging about with my sweetie, the two of us cozied up under a fluffy down comforter, closeted away in our little love nest.  The loveliest boy in the world to snuggle with, NPR on the radio, a streak of sunlight hitting my face – and a big, beautiful breakfast served up on a tray. One hundred percent pure heaven.

Looking for a lavish, luscious breakfast to share with your honey this Valentine’s weekend? Try out our menu of baked French toast, spicy potatoes and scrambled eggs, which not only tastes marvelous, but let’s you do a lot of the work the afternoon or evening before … giving you more time to linger in bed in the morning.

plan ahead (night before)
1 Soak French toast.
2 Chop pepper and scallions for eggs; grate cheese.
3 Mix up spices for potatoes; wash and scrub potatoes.

baked french toast
French toast made this way – rather than quickly dipped in eggs and cooked in a skillet, the way I grew up eating it – yields beautifully golden, puffed-up pieces of toast that have a luxuriously creamy, almost bread-pudding-like center.  It requires a little bit of planning, since the slices really do require a good overnight soaking in the custard mixture – but the pay-off comes the next morning, when you can just tumble out of bed, toss the slices onto a greased baking sheet, and pop it all into the oven. No slaving over the stove required.

3 eggs
½ cup milk, skim fine
¼ cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6-9 1” thick slices baguette, cut diagonally
serves 2-3 depending upon how hungry
time 10 min prep the night before, 5 min work the morning of, plus cooking time

Beat the eggs. Add milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. Soak the bread slices in the custard mixture overnight (a 9” square baking pan works best; you want something just big enough that you can arrange the slices in a single layer).

The next morning: Grease a baking pan with plenty of butter. Arrange the bread slices. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30-45 minutes, until the slices are puffy and golden. Serve with maple syrup.

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