Puffy Bread – with syrup and a quart of milk

(Patrick left me to do the Matador Update, so I’m also filling in on the food blog)

Puffy Bread has been a staple on the Farrell breakfast table for years.  Here’s what you will need:

– Pancake batter
– 1 tsp baking powder (if pancake batter is a couple days old)
– 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
– 1 stick of butter
– 1 liter of milk (carton-form)

Add baking powder to batter if necessary.  Dunk a piece of bread in the batter.  Warm a cast iron skillet using medium heat.

Turn the piece of bread over and really slosh it around.  The sloshing technique will really work the batter into the bread.  You will appreciate the gooeyness this creates from the first bite and even moreso at 1:30am when you return from clubbing to finish off what your daughter couldn’t.

Place 1/3 stick of butter in the skillet.  Once butter is fully melted and a bit bubbly, add the fully sloshed bread to the skillet.  Flip after it gets a bit carmelized.  And repeat the cook.

Remove this piece from the skillet, add less maple syrup than you would want and serve to your daughter.  The second piece is always like 5 times better because it’s less crusty and more evenly golden brown.  The difference is almost imperceptible to a 4-year old unless her lame-ass mom narcs you out.  So ensure mom is elsewhere doing something like taking a shower or watching Project Runway on Amazon Instant Video.   The “oh honey, i got breakfast this morning, you go relax” method is your ticket to 2nd piece glory.

As for partaking, there are many methods but I prefer this one.

Cut the puffy bread into 1.5″ x 1.5″ inch squares.  Take the carton of milk, open and create a rounded, slightly beveled edge on the lip of the carton to ensure a wide, even outflow.  Skewer 4 to 5 of the pieces onto a longish fork and place into you mouth.  Chew slowly at first, working the puffy bread into a delicious, maple syrupy paste.  Once you can breathe a little bit, grab the carton of milk and start drinking, upping the viscosity of the paste into a swallowable consistency.

Once you’ve swallowed, rinse the mouth with more milk.  And then take a couple moments before repeating so that your daughter doesn’t develop any poor eating habits by watching you eat too fast.

There are many permutations of this recipe.  Different types of bread.  Different types of toppings.  The “my kids drank all the milk” dry method.  But start simple, permutate thoughtfully, but always enjoy!