race morning french toast

A plate of cinnamon french toast with butter, syrup and blueberries

When it takes a significant amount of time to travel to the starting area before an early race, I look forward to serving warm plates of cinnamon French toast, dusted with powdered sugar, next to a bowl of mixed berries and whipped coconut cream. I favor the hearty round cinnamon loaves made by our local bakery, but other good choices would be a brioche loaf or one with nuts and raisins. We call this race morning French toast because it has become a tradition.

race morning french toast

Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 (30-ounce) loaf cinnamon bread, thickly sliced
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter, for frying
  • Toppings:
  • Real maple syrup, warmed
  • Mixed berries
  • Whipped cream or coconut whipped cream
  • coconut cream:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



Heat a large fry pan on medium heat.


Slice the bread. In a medium-size shallow bowl, beat the eggs, water, and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture to coat thoroughly.


Generously butter the heated fry pan and fry the toast until golden brown on both sides.


Serve with warm maple syrup and any combination of the berries topped with your whipped cream of choice.


coconut whipped cream


Makes 6 servings


This is a tasty, non-dairy alternative to dairy cream for any lactose-sensitive sailors you’ve got aboard! Another advantage to using coconut cream as your whipped topping of choice is that it’s shelf stable—so during a longer voyage, you won’t have to worry about spoilage as you would with fresh dairy cream.


Chill the can of coconut cream for several hours.


Scoop the coconut solids into a chilled bowl, reserving the excess liquid for another use.


Using an electric hand-held beater, whip the cream until it begins to form soft peaks, about 7 minutes. (You can use a hand whisk if you are not connected to power).


Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat just until the cream forms stiff peaks.


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