This challah french toast with raspberry maple syrup was made for father's day. This is a father's day size portion.
We make it so often, it's not really all that special, but it is that special. It's hard to make something new when we love this so much. What tipped the scale for us years ago was when, having an abundance of frozen berries on hand (I am a berry hoarder), I thew a handful of berries in the maple syrup when I was heating it up. And then angels started to sing. I actually get sad thinking about all the years we didn't eat french toast, or pancakes, with berry maple syrup. Maybe everyone already does this? But I didn't for years. I'd add jam or berries on top, but never mashed up berries warmed with the maple syrup.
While I am making the french toast, I throw frozen berries in a glass pitcher, add maple syrup, and then heat it up in a little pot of boiling water, or even easier— for 2 minutes in the microwave. I give it a good mash and that's it. Any left over is kept in the fridge to add to yogurt, granola, and whatever seems it would be good with. So simple. I have made it with pretty much every berry, but I think raspberries are my favorite.
I keep looking at these photos from Where Children Sleep: Portraits from Around the World. So fascinating.