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How to make the French Toast from Kramer Vs Kramer

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There's an obscene amount of sadness in Kramer Vs Kramer. One of the first films to truly tackle divorce and its after-effects, it's a devastating experience.

But after you've sat in silence, questioning your very existence, you'll probably start to have a crippling desire to eat the hell out of some French toast.

Memorably cooked by Dustin Hoffman's character and his son in the film, we spoke to Dave Watts, head chef at The Cotswold House Hotel, to get his definitive advice on how to recreate the perfect breakfast dish.

Makes 4 portions

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 6 minutes per slice


Large non stick frying pan

Large mixing bowl



8 x slices thick sliced white bread

6 x Medium free range eggs

50g caster sugar

Pinch salt

50g double cream

50g butter

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg


When made like a professional, this can be a great recipe to make with kids, or just as a delicious brunch or snack. Avoiding the Hoffman ‘one-handed egg cracking’ technique, break the eggs into the bowl and add the sugar, salt, cream and spices. Whisk to incorporate all of the ingredients.

Place the pan onto a high heat and add half of the butter. Whilst the butter is melting cut the bread into triangles and place into the batter. You might have to do this in two batches, hence only putting half of the butter into the pan. Make sure that all of the bread is fully covered with the batter and transfer to the frying pan.

Cook until the bread is golden, turn down the heat slightly and flip each piece of the bread onto its other side and cook until golden brown then remove from the pan and keep in a warm place. Wipe out the pan with a piece of kitchen paper and repeat this process with the other pieces of bread.

In the words of Dustin Hoffman... ‘You want French toast? You got it.’ Now just arrange the French toast onto plates and serve with maple syrup and a large spoonful of natural yoghurt.

Dave Watts is head chef at the Cotswold House Hotel. Rooms start from just £120 per person, with main courses at The Cotswold Grill ranging from £9.50 to £23.00. The Dining Room (fine dining restaurant) reopened in May. For further information, hotel and restaurant reservations, visit www.cotswoldhouse.com or call 01386 840330.

(Images: Rex Features, YouTube)



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