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How To Make French Toast
What the French Toast?!
This delicious dish of bread dipped in egg and fried is a popular feature for breakfast or brunch. Learn how to prepare this international treat and get lots of yummy recipe variations! I'll even show you how to make french toast step-by-step... so, are you ready for breakfast?
All you need is a slice or two of bread, at least one egg and you can make the most basic form of French toast. You can even use bread that is starting to get a little bit stale. You don't want to use your average, sliced bread or Wonder bread, that's just going to be awful. Bakery-style loaf bread is what you are after, something with a rustic crust and thick slices.
My Childhood French Toast - reminiscences and a rough recipe
French toast wasn't something that was made with a recipe when I was growing up. So what you're about to read here is a recipe, but it's not a formal one with anything measured.
French toast turned up for breakfast on weekends or holidays. My mom would take a pie plate, crack an egg or two into it (depending on how many people she was feeding), pour an unmeasured "splash" of milk into the egg and then whisk it a bit with a fork. Some people add spices at this point (cinnamon or nutmeg) but not at our house.
She often used "fancy" bakery-bought bread or challah if it was a holiday, but for weekends with just the family, the same sliced white bread we used for sandwiches would be used. She'd lay one or two pieces in the pie plate for a bit and let the outside of the bread soak up the egg/milk mix, then flip it over so that the second side got soaked too. Then she'd melt some butter in an electric frying pan, lay the egged bread in the pan and brown both sides.
These slices were served up most often with warmed maple syrup on the side, but once I had french toast at a friend's house with powedered sugar sprinkled on top, that became my preference. So Mom would bring out the powdered sugar for mine. Sometimes she put sliced fruit on top (bananas or strawberries) and sometimes we had bacon on the side.
As an adult, I don't often cook french toast at home, but it's definitely a favorite option if I go out somewhere for breakfast with friends.
If you'd like to make quick French Toast, here's what to do. This is a 1-2 person serving depending on how hungry you are or what else you're making for breakfast so multiply/repeat for a larger group.
- Get a pie plate
- Crack 2 eggs into the plate
- Whisk up with a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a splash of milk or cream
- Soak two pieces of bread in the egg, turning over after a minute to make sure you get both sides well coated (that's the picture shown here)
- Heat a large frying pan and melt some butter in it
- Cook the soaked bread so that both sides are well-browned
- Serve up on a plate with maple syrup or powdered sugar on the side
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She was so wild that when she made French toast she got her tongue caught in the toaster.— Rodney Dangerfield
Sweet French Toast Recipes - Here are some recipes for the classic sweet French Toast plus some delicious variations.
- Creme Brulee French Toast
"Very rich French toast - can be made ahead of time."
- Maple Cream Cheese Pecan Crusted French Toast Recipe
Garnish with powdered sugar and fresh berries. Serve with maple syrup.
- Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One
This is the real Monte Cristo sandwich. It has a nice thick batter and is absolutely delicious. Enjoy hot sandwich with currant jelly or make a currant sauce with currant jelly, water and heavy cream.
I went to a cafe that advertised breakfast anytime, so I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.— Stephen Wright
Savory French Toast Recipes - These savory variations are more often found as lunch or dinner dishes. Never had French Toast for dinner? Give it a try!
- Savory Herb, Bacon and Tomato French Toast Recipe
A hearty dish that can be made 2 days ahead.
- Savory Stuffed French Toast Recipe
The Jockey Club french toast was made with english muffins instead of bread and we were playing around with bits of this and that; this is the result. Good way to jump start any day.
- Savory Chive French Toast
I like to make this savory version of French toast using freshly snipped chives. Serve the warm toast with a drizzle of crÃ¨me fraÃ®che and a thin slice of salmon lox. A basted egg with a bit of lemony hollandaise sauce is also a good topper.
French Toast for Special Diets - Just because you have a dietary restriction doesn't mean you can't enjoy French Toast. Here are some great recipes for those wi
- French Toast Recipe | Recipezaar
This variation is Gluten-Free, Lactose & Casein Free
- Low-Carb French Toast Recipe -- Mr Breakfast
A sandwich maker machine works really well for this recipe too.
- Cinnamon Swirl Yogurt French Toast recipe
Healthy recipes for Lighter, Healthier Breakfast foods, Cinnamon Swirl Yogurt French Toast recipe on MedicineNet.com