French Toast with Mixed Berries

Melissa Kossler Dutton

The Columbus Museum of Art knows how to make moms feel special on Mother's Day.

The art museum - with the help of Sidecar Global Catering - is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch where moms can enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting.

But knowing that many families love to spoil mom at home, Columbus Parent also enlisted the help of the Columbus catering company. Owner Scott Heimlich agreed to share an easy-to-prepare recipe that kids-with a little help from a grown-up-can prepare.

Heimlich's go-to for a family-friendly brunch entrée: French toast.

"It's an American classic," he said. "I don't know anybody who doesn't like French toast."

Preparing the dish involves several steps that kids will enjoy, said Heimlich, who also owns Barcelona, a restaurant in German Village. He encouraged parents to allow their kid helpers to break the eggs, measure the ingredients and do some "controlled whisking" of the batter.

He also recommends doing all you can to make mom feel special: "Three hundred and sixty-four days out of the year, mom's taking care of you. Give her at least one day."

French Toast with Mixed Berries

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 slices of bread
  • pat of butter
  • whipped cream for garnishing
  • powdered sugar for garnishing
  • maple syrup

1. Kid with grown-up help if necessary: Break the eggs into a bowl.

2. Kid: Measure the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk and add to the eggs.

3. Kid with grown-up help if necessary: Whisk the items together.

4. Grown-up: Melt a bit of butter on a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat.

5. Kid: Dip bread slices into egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly.

6. Grown-up: Place bread onto heated skillet or griddle and cook until brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side.

7. Kid: Arrange the cooked French toast on a place. Sprinkle sugared berries on top. Add whipped cream, powdered sugar and/or maple syrup to taste. Serves 4

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • ¼ cup sugar

1. Kid: Wash the berries. Place the blueberries and raspberries in a large bowl.

2. Kid with grown-up help if necessary: Remove the tops from the strawberries and slice them.

3. Kid: Add the strawberries to the bowl. Sprinkle all berries with sugar and mix gently. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight if possible.

If you'd like to treat mom to brunch at the museum, here are the details:

Mother's Day Brunch at theColumbus Museum of Art

Where: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215

Date: Sunday, May 10

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: adults, $35; children 12 and under, $15

For reservations (strongly suggested), call 614-629-0325.