Bread & Breakfast: Fat, Fluffy French Toast
It’s important to fill your tummy with food pretty much as soon as you wake up. I’ve spoken about this earlier in another egg-based recipe, and I’m back with one more breakfast favourite of mine.
Ever since I was a child, I loved waking up to the smell of eggs & a glass of iced coffee. My mum used to whip up omelettes, scrambled eggs or a sunny side up every weekend, but my all time favourite has always been a plate of nice, fluffy french toast. It was the go-to breakfast option after calling a bunch of my friends for a sleepover.
I thought I’d put my own little spin on it and throw in a few extra ingredients which would not only provide more health benefits, but also amp up the taste a bit!
The ingredients are kitchen staples, so you’ve got no excuse to leave your house empty stomach!
(This recipe makes for 4 generous portions. Adjust the quantities as per choice.)
You will need:
A large non-stick frying pan
A flat utensil (glass/steel)
8 slices of bread, (I prefer not using packet bread since the slices are too thin. Then you’re just left with soggy, eggy bread. Buy a fresh loaf of bread from a local bakery & ask them to slice it up thick. This will help make your french toasts more fluffy.)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
1 cup milk (skip the skimmed milk and go for regular)
1 tsp cinnamon powder (you know the health benefits of cinnamon!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tbsp granulated brown sugar (I prefer the taste to white sugar. You could switch it for 1 tbsp of white sugar if you like.)
Butter cubes (I highly encourage you to use butter to cook eggs, as opposed to oil. It tastes a lot better and doesn’t feel too sticky.)
Half tsp salt
Castor sugar to sprinkle
Fresh berries & cream (This is totally optional. I enjoy my french toast with some fresh cream & my homemade berry compote)
1. In a large bowl, gently whisk the cup of milk into the flour.
2. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until you get a smooth mix. Make sure to whisk away any air bubbles.
3. Place the bread slices in the flat utensil and pour the mixture over the bread. Allow the slices to soak up the mixture well.
4. Heat up the frying pan and throw in a butter cube. Allow it to melt, then place a few slices of bread. Cook them on each side till you get a deep golden-brown colour, else the bread is left soggy & limp.
5. Repeat step 4 with the remaining slices till they’re all done.
Sprinkle some castor sugar & serve up 2 slices on one plate for each person. You could also throw some seasonal fresh fruit or drizzle honey/maple syrup on top if you wish.
For variations, pick a bread loaf with sesame seeds or a multigrain loaf instead!