Sunday, February 09, 2014

How To Make Quick and Easy French Toast

Nothing beats a Sunday french toast breakfast. Here's how I make it.

Cook French Toast for breakfast or even dessert
Make this easy and quick french toast this week!

As a kid, I used to watch my dad make Sunday breakfast. Because of him, I learned to cook a basic french toast. Over the years, I experimented with different ways of elevating the flavor, yet keeping it easy and traditional. 

My family loves this recipe. It's a great breakfast choice for toddlers (although my son will request it for dinner too!)

Here are a few things I've learned about cooking french toast:

  • French toast is made around the world.  The dish may go back to 4th and 5th century Rome (in terms of a historically recorded recipe), but around the world you'll find different countries cooking bread bread that has been dipped in an egg/milk mixture.
  • Bread matters.  Day-old bread and thick bread works best. Many people use Challah. I've used bread such as potato bread, sweet bread, etc. 
  • Pan fry it in oil. Instead of cooking it in butter, I cook my french toast(s) in a small dollop of oil so it doesn't stick to the pan. Vegetable oil is best, but I've used olive oil when that's all I had. Cooking it in oil adds a texture to your toast and a soft crunch when you bite it. Yum.
  • Add a little citrus to your french toast.  Mixing in a little lemon juice or orange juice in your egg/milk mixture will separate you from the rest! There's a certain je ne sais quoi about adding a little orange juice in my french toast: it keeps the center a tad bit moist and adds extra flavor. At the same time, the citrus taste isn't overbearing. It just works.

Add  a little citrus flavor to your french toast. You'll find that the flavor improves.

This recipe for French toast comes from my belief that breakfast should be easy and quick (but filling and delicious). There will be a time for fancier french toast; but for now, I'm sticking to this one.

Quick and Easy French Toast
(serves 2)
  • 2 slices of the bread of your choice (hawaiian, potato or challah, etc.). Day-old, thick bread slices works best.
Egg/Milk Mixture:
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 TBPSN milk or whipping cream
  • 1 TBSPN Vanila extract
  • 1 TBSPN thawed orange juice concentrate 
  • A couple of shakes of cinnamon
  • Oil for cooking (vegetable or even olive mix)
  • Powdered sugar 

Make the egg/milk mixture. Mix egg, milk, vanilla extract, thawed orange juice concentrate and cinnamon together.  

Dunk your bread slices in the mixture. Make sure both sides of the bread are covered in the mixture but avoid leaving the the bread too long (otherwise it will become soggy).
Heat your pan with some oil.

Pan fry the bread slices for 3 minutes on each side at medium-low heat.

Place on a plate. Sprinkle powdered sugar to complete the dish (By the way, to make DIY powdered/confectioner's sugar, just  blend a cup of granulated white sugar!  It breaks up the sugar into a powdered consistency). 

All done! Eat with maple syrup and enjoy the french toast!

This recipe for french toast is simple and quick. If you don't have a recipe for one, try this one out!  

February is National Hot Breakfast Month!  Celebrate by cooking french toast!

My next feat is mastering the pancake! If you want to share a few tips on that, please post in the comments below!

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