Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cajun Mother's Day Treats + Bayou Boogie

It's time for Mother's Day, one of my favorite days of the year! It's the only day of the year that I am guaranteed to get  breakfast in bed, and one of the only two days of the year that I refuse to cook. (the other is my birthday) This heavenly Mother's Day Mimosa is so delicious and will pair well with the scrumptious Praline French Toast and decadent Amaretto Fudge Brownies. (recipes below) Go ahead and indulge, you deserve it, cher! Enjoy and have a very happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Mimosas


3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1 ounce triple sec
4 ounces dry champagne

Combine in a champagne flute and garnish with an orange wedge or strawberries. Cheers!

Praline French Toast

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half and half
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons Karo light corn syrup
1 loaf French bread, sliced


Slice bread into 1 inch thick slices and arrange in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour half of the egg mixture  evenly over bread  slices, soaking well. Repeat with second layer.

For praline topping, mix together butter, light brown sugar, chopped pecans and light corn syrup. Spread on top of each slice of bread on top layer. Cover with foil and place dish in refrigerator overnight. The next morning, remove foil and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Bon appetit!


And what fun would any holiday be without a double batch of my favorite brownies! Sinfully delicious and worth every calorie, cher!

Amaretto Fudge Brownies

2/3 cup butter
3 1 oz. squares unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces
3 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Combine butter and chocolate in a microwavable safe bowl. Microwave on low until melted, stirring frequently. In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar and mix well. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the Amaretto . In small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well and add to the chocolate/Amaretto mixture. Fold in the pecans. Blend well and pour into a greased 9x11 inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool and cut into squares. Out of this world!

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Bayou Boogie
 
And here's another little clip that I took at Festival International of one of my favorite bands. The Lost Bayou Ramblers were really rev-ing it up for the crowd. Crank it up and have another Mimosa and let the good times roll, cher!


The Lost Bayou Ramblers


Hope you all have a fabulous day, filled with many special moments! Happy Mother's Day!

22 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Praline French toast and breakfast in bed, how wonderful, happy mother's day to you.

Kat said...

Good for you!! You cook enough as it is! Happy Mother's Day!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Happy Mother's Day. (You have your's later than us in UK in March - we have Mothering Sunday here). Hope you enjoyed your breakfast in bed - I would have rustled up a delicious hard boiled egg for you with lashings of pepper and butter - you would have asked for more LOL.
Hope you were spoilt absolutely - you deserve it.

ellen abbott said...

Now I'm wishing for some praline french toast for breakfast!

kitchen flavours said...

Breakfast in bed? Your are enjoying your day, alright!
Happy Mother's Day, Marguerite!

fishyfacedesigns said...

Happy Mother's Day... and thank you for sharing such delicious recipes...

Mona said...

I really enjoy your blog...thanks for visiting mine..it's neat to share our worlds like this..

Pam said...

Hope you had a great Mother's Day! And with food like that, how could a person not? It all sounds fantastically delicious to me! YUM!!!

Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg said...

oh yum!! thanks for sharing it, don't forget to link back to savory sunday!!

Marguerite said...

Linda- It was wonderful! Thanks!

Kat- Yes, I do! Thanks, hope yours was happy, too!

Eddie- Merci, cher, I thoroughly enjoyed it! A hard boiled egg? lol You're right about that! lol

Ellen- Thanks, so glad you like the French toast and hope you try it!

kf- Yes, it's the least they can do, right? :) Hope you enjoyed yours,too!

ffd- Thanks, you're very welcome, it's my pleasure!

nanny said...

What a treat!!!! You deserve it!

Kittie Howard said...

I have been known to eat praline topping by the spoonful! All great stuff! Hope you had a fab Mother's Day!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i hope your mothers day was terrific.
i went to a lobster supper and then a ceilidh. not quite a bayou boogie, but it was fun!! the lobster was fabulous too!
~laura x

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh my stars! I adore Mimosa's and we had those on Mother's Day too. :-) The french toast looks divine...wish I had it right now and it's 7 p.m. here.

Just found your blog and so glad I did! I have a real fondness for my neighbors to my East and LOVE Cajun cuisine...the people...the music...everything about the state of LA. :-)

I'm a new follower and hope to find more delish recipes as I look around. Stop by and say hi when you can, cher!

Pat

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What an amazing menu! That praline french toast makes my mouth water! Delicious!

Martha (MM) said...

Late stopping in to wish you a Happy Mother's Day but sounds like it was wonderful! My hubby and kids made me a nice french toast treat with fresh strawberries and sausage :-)

Marguerite said...

Mona- Thanks, I really enjoy yours, too and you're welcome! Yes, the blogosphere is a really great place!

Pam- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I had a wonderful Mother's Day and hope that you did, too!

Amanda- Thanks, you're very welcome! I have your button on my sidebar!

Nanny- Thanks, cher, it certainly was! Don't we all? :)

Kittie- I know what you mean about the praline topping! lol Thanks, cher, it was fab!

Pooch- Thanks, it was! Lobster sounds divine and that ceildh sounds like fun! Cheers!

michelle said...

Can't wait to try the praline french toast recipe. Maybe that will be for fathers day.
Love your blog!!! I love to play your music and dancing clips. It's always a great pick me up and reminder that I need to visit Louisiana very soon!!!!!!

Marguerite said...

Mona- Thanks, I really enjoy yours, too and you're welcome! Yes, the blogosphere is a really great place!

Pam- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I had a wonderful Mother's Day and hope that you did, too!

Amanda- Thanks, you're very welcome! I have your button on my sidebar!

Nanny- Thanks, cher, it certainly was! Don't we all? :)

Kittie- I know what you mean about the praline topping! lol Thanks, cher, it was fab!

Pooch- Thanks, it was! Lobster sounds divine and that ceildh sounds like fun! Cheers!

Michelle- Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Hope you try the French Toast and I'm so glad that you enjoy the music. Thanks for stopping by!

Miriam said...

What great food! I grew up on the Gulf Coast (I actually went to school at Lamar in Beaumont), so I REALLY appreciate you blog theme :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Magic of Spice said...

Hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day...I so have a weakness for anything involving to word "praline". This could be the greatest french toast recipe ever!

Cathy said...

Wow! So mouthwatering, eh. Love that recipe. Mother's day is indeed a time for mothers. :)

Cheers,
Cathy@custom digitizing