This crowd-pleasing weekend brunch (prep tonight, bake tomorrow) also makes a festive Christmas breakfast. Let the thick slices of bread absorb the egg batter for at least 45 minutes, and your French toast will be deliciously custardy throughout.
At the Wyebrook Cafe, burgers are served with French fries cooked in lard from the farm. To make your own fries, see our favorite recipe. If you can't find beef fat (also called suet or tallow) at a supermarket, ask your local butcher. Keep the beef, bacon, and fat cold (firm) until ready to use for the easiest grinding.