Ettas Place News

“Upper Crust” French Toast Strata

Etta’s Place frequently gets asked for recipes of the dishes we serve for breakfast in the mornings. We are happy to share! Not only can some of these dishes bring back happy memories of your stay with us, they may actually wind up on your dining table during a special family holiday. That would truly be an honor!!

One of our very favorite recipes is French Toast Strada. It can be made sweet or savory. I think we like it so much because it’s so very versatile and offers us so many ways to be creative serving it.

Here’s the basic structure:

Upper Crust” French Toast Strata

1 1-pound loaf unsliced French bread (might add just a bit more)

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

8 large eggs

2-1/2 cups half & half

5 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

¼ cup maple syrup (honey or various fruit syrups)

1 tablespoon vanilla

Slice French Bread and cut into ½-inch cubes.  Layer half of the bread cubes into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Cut cream cheese into ¼ inch cubes and spread evenly over bread layer.  Add remaining bread cubes.  Combine half & half, eggs, melted butter, and syrup until thoroughly mixed; pour evenly over bread and cheese cubes.  Press surface with a spatula to thoroughly saturate all bread cubes but don’t press so hard that you flatten all the texture out.  You can prepare this the evening before.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake on the middle rack for 45 minutes or until the center is raised and set and the “upper crust” is golden.  Remove from oven and use a wide spatula to cut into 9 portions to serve.

We serve this on top of a slice of ham and top with fruit and syrup.    Modestly accept the cheers and applause!!

This recipe was copied from the Texas Bed & Breakfast Cookbook revised edition by Candy Coleman.


Etta’s Place Sundance Inn variations by manager Leslie Benson:

*Sprinkle top with cinnamon and nutmeg before placing in oven.

*Replace a portion of the French bread with cut up blueberry muffins for a delicious Etta’s Place Blueberry French Toast Strata.

*Substitute cheddar cheese for cream cheese, omit syrup and add dried onion flakes, salt and red pepper and even fresh spinach, broccoli and or chicken.


As you can see the fun is in the variety.  Hope you enjoy it!!

May 2012 Events

The Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club is set for Thursday, May 24th through Sunday, May 27th. Two of the top 10 players in the world golf rankings will be playing, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. Other notable names include Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Louis Oosthuizen.

Memorial Weekend is hopping here in Sundance Square. Scatt Jazz Lounge features wonderful artists beginning at 9:00pm each night. The Jubilee Theater is presenting Broke-ology about a family used to being broke, but when their father is diagnosed with a serious illness, sons Ennis and Malcom must clearly decide where their loyalties. Bass Hall is continuing with the Fort Worth Opera Series featuring Tosca this weekend and Dave Milsap is at McDavid Studio on Friday night.

Come on to Sundance Square and let’s make a Memorial Weekend!!

Sundance Square Additions

Well, the news is out and the buzz has begun. Sundance Square will be getting quite the makeover by adding 3 new buildings and a plaza. They’ve closed both the Chisholm Trail parking lot and the Flying Saucer parking lot. Each of those locations will showcase well designed 5 and 6 story buildings which will house restaurant and retail on street levels and office space in the higher floors. Between the two buildings will lay a big open plaza with Main Street running through the middle.

The third building will be built after the completion of the first two. It will be an addition to the Sanger Lofts and occupy what is now the Cassidy parking lot, a small lot used by valet for P.F. Chang’s and Daddy Jack’s. The first floor will be reserved for restaurant and retail and the upper floors will be additional residential space.

It has also been announced that The Loft will be opening in Billy Miner’s old space on the corner of Houston and 3rd Streets. The addition of another ladies clothing store has been well worth the wait!

Sundance Square is really enjoying the momentum of such big changes taking place. Come downtown and see the Sundance Kid cartoon surrounding the building sites. It cleverly incorporates the story of transformation!

Suite Improvements

We’re always trying to make improvements to Etta’s Place in order to better meet the needs of our guests. During the summers of 2007, 2008 and 2009 we remodeled 3 the bathrooms each year until all 9 rooms had been completed.  In 2010, we replaced all the televisions in the bedrooms with HD flat screens, added lap desks to each room and supplied docking stations for electronic devices as well.  In 2011 we refurnished many of the rooms with plush chairs and ottomans. Suite101 even has a beautiful baby blue chaise lounge.

This year, we’ve planned something really special.  We will be remodeling the Suites (101, 201 and 301).  We’re taking out the kitchenettes.  The bar areas will be cut down to make a desk with a nice large surface.  The sink and stove areas will be replaced with a wet bar and an under-the-cabinet refrigerator which will be full of goodies and sodas.  The tile floor will be replaced with a beautiful hard wood floor.  We are so excited about these renovations.  They will begin in June with with Suite 101 and end in August with Suite 301.  Wish us luck and come see these newly refurbished beauties!