Sunday, January 26, 2014

Traditional French Toast

It's Sunday morning, and what's for breakfast?  How about french toast?  I had some leftover french bread from dinner last night, and there's no better bread for making french toast than day old french bread!  I think the saying about lemons and lemonade could easily be converted to "if you have french bread, you make french toast!"

This traditional breakfast is surprisingly easy to make and is open to creativity and substitution.  I've included a basic recipe below, but you can jazz it up by adding a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg if you want a slightly spicier flavor.  If you're lactose intolerant or just don't like dairy milk, you can substitute soy milk or almond milk.  This morning, I used Silk Light Vanilla Soy Milk.  It's my personal favorite.  You can also substitute your favorite sandwich bread for the french bread.  I've made this recipe many times with basic white bread or even whole wheat, but, like I said, when you have french bread, you make french toast!

The recipe below makes one serving, but you can easily double, triple, or octuple the ingredients to make as many servings as you want.  When made as directed, the recipe only has about 350 calories per servings (more if you use whole milk or cut your bread thicker, less if you use egg whites or diet bread.)  This may be a Sunday morning treat, but it can still fit nicely in a healthy diet; just add a bowl of fruit on the side.

Traditional French Toast
Makes 1 serving, 3 slices french toast

1 egg
1/3 c milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 slices french bread (about 1/3-1/2 inch thick)

Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract in a wide and shallow container.  A small pie pans works well.

Dip the first slice of bread in the batter, pressing down to encourage the batter to seep into the bread.  Flip the bread over and repeat.

Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.  Carefully, take the slice of bread out of the batter and set it on the pan.  (The bread will be soggy and may tear, so be careful.)  Repeat with remaining bread.

Cook the french toast until golden brown.  Flip over and cook on the other side as well.  When both sides are golden brown, transfer to a plate.

Serve with powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or my personal favorite, butter and syrup.

Happy eating!

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