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#1 ScottC4746

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

We were reviewing the menus for SWC and CZ and noticed on both the Railroad French Toast is gone. Appears to have been replaced with pancakes. Has anyone had the pancakes yet?

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

Yes, the pancakes are very good. The railroad French toast used to be my favorite, but in the past few years it was pre made and just reheated in the kitchen! :( (It was no longer freshly made on the train!)
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

Scott, it's generally French Toast in one direction and pancakes in the other. On the southbound CS it's pancakes. They're hit or miss -- I've had very good ones, and others that were overcooked and rubbery.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

I've noticed that there are a few dish slots that are one thing one way and another thing the other (i.e. I think the seafood on the Silvers switches between salmon and crabcakes).
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

When Amtrak went to the pre-made French Toast it was still decent just not fresh prepared.. I believe that the same pre-made recipe might still be used. For the people that wish to enjoy great RR French Toast at home, (which is touted as the best tasting of all) here is the original Santa Fe recipe for it:

2 slices white bread sliced 3/4" thick
1/2 cup light cream
2 eggs
pinch salt
1/2 cup cooking oil

Pre-heat oven to 400*F.
Place all ingredients (except oil) in bowl and mix with an egg beater or large fork
Cut bread slices diagonally into four triangle pieces. Place oil in small frying pan or skillet. Heat to frying temperature. Take each piece of bread and dip it in the cream/egg mixture covering on both sides. Fry bread for about 1-2 minutes per side to lt golden brown but watch that it doesn't turn too dark. Remove from frying pan and put on a paper towel over a plate and cover it with another towel to absorb oil. Transfer to baking sheet and place in oven. Bake 4-6 minutes until bread slices have puffed up. Remove from oven and sprinkle very lightly with powdered sugar and/or cinnamon (optional) and serve with real maple syrup, applesauce, current jelly, or preserves and bacon, ham and sausage if desired.
IMO this is the ultimate French Toast recipe and we make it at home often.
This may have been the Fred Harvey recipe but I tell you they got it right. Most of the other railroad recipes for French Toast were very similar but not quite as good. We've tried them all.

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Edited by dlagrua, 25 December 2012 - 10:30 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

Thanks, diagrua! We always enjoyed the French toast on the Crescent. Will have to try your recipe soon; it sounds delicious.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

Scott, it's generally French Toast in one direction and pancakes in the other. On the southbound CS it's pancakes. They're hit or miss -- I've had very good ones, and others that were overcooked and rubbery.


Empire Builder - French Toast westbound, pancakes eastbound
Southwest Chief - Pancakes westbound and eastbound
California Zephyr - Pancakes westbound and eastbound
Coast Starlight - Pancakes northbound and eastbound
Sunset Limited - Pancakes westbound, French Toast eastbound
City of New Orleans - French Toast northbound, pancakes southbound
Silver Meteor - French Toast northbound, pancakes southbound
Silver Star - Pancakes northbound, French Toast southbound
Capitol Limited - French Toast
Texas Eagle - French Toast
Lake Shore Limited - French Toast

I don't see any rhyme or reason to it. And, I don't remember pancakes being so prevalent - I'm sure I've had French Toast on some of those routes that currently have pancakes instead.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

When I rode the Crescent last month, it was french toast northbound (though the menu still said pancakes), and pancakes southbound

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

For what it's worth I had pancakes on the Capitol East bound about a month ago. I thought they were very good.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

So are the pancakes freshly made, or are they from frozen like the French toast?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

The menu reads "made to order buttermilk pancakes". I suppose we can interpret that anyway we like. Ha. But they seemed pretty freshly made when I had them.

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