Wednesday, November 11, 2009

French Toast

French Toast

Breakfast is the one meal where I don't feel guilty about eating a lot. After all, it's the most important meal of the day, right? When I have time to make a big, sit-down breakfast, I like to go all out and hit my major food groups--meat, eggs, carbs, and coffee. Yup, I think that just about covers it.

The last time I made French toast was before I started med school so I had aallll the time in the world to make everything fancy and gourmet. I even baked my own bread. If I hadn't gotten accepted, I would probably be making my own Nutella and grinding my own powdered sugar in a mortar and pestle. Luckily, nowadays, I doing something a little more productive with my time. The raisin bread I bought from Safeway makes for some pretty darn good French toast, and I don't even like raisins. Maybe it's the power of butter and maple syrup. Other than PB&J's I can't think of any other good uses for this bread, so it looks like I'll be making a few more servings of French toast with the rest of the loaf. Oh, I guess I could make bread pudding!

As for the rest of the breakfast...
Steven and I both love hash brown patties and prefer them over the more homemade shredded potato variety. I'd like to blame McDonald's for getting us hooked on deep fried processed potato in patty form.

Then, we have our breakfast sausage, taking the place of bacon, the usual suspect. What can I say, living on the edge today.

And finally, one of my personal favorites. A fried egg over medium with soy sauce and a sprinkling of furitake flakes. It's way better than plain old salt and pepper, trust me.
French Toast
6 slices of bread (something soft like sandwich bread, challah, or brioche)
1 large egg
1/2 C milk or half and half
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In a bowl whisk the egg, flour, and sugar together until there are no lumps of flour remaining. Add the milk, vanilla, and salt and mix until smooth. Pour into a pie plate or small tray.

Melt a half to one tablespoon of butter in a skillet or griddle, depending on the size of your pan. Dip a slice of bread into the batter and let each side of the bread soak for approximately 3 seconds. Make sure there are no dry spots on the bread. Soak only enough slices that you can cook in your pan at one time. Fry each side on medium low heat for 3 - 4 minutes, or until the bottom is a crisp golden brown. Flip and cook the second side until crisp and golden brown. Repeat for the remaining bread slices.

Serve with powdered sugar or maple syrup.

18 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I'll have several slices as well as some processed hashbrowns and local sausage for the best breakfast ever!!!!

Patsyk said...

I love French toast... really should make it soon, especially since I have some sliced challah just calling out for it now!

Elra said...

I can eat this for breakfast everyday without worry about getting my Budha's belly showing a bit. The only problem is making it everyday... lol.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Challah French toast was my father's specialty; he'd make it every Saturday morning with the challah we had leftover from Friday night dinner.

Robyn MacLarty said...

I am intrigued by the fried egg and say sauce...

Just Me said...

Oh you make my mouth water, I am following your blog, and telling everyone about it!!

Sweet and Savory said...

What a great way to start the day.

agathafan said...

I often prepare french toasts for breakfast. But I don't use vanilla extract.

martha said...
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Greg Kopp said...

the french toast looks amazing! hope i can make these soon!

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Maris said...

Mmm classic breakfast food. Yum!

Charles said...

I regularly make french toast for my daughters. We've experimented with lots of breads and our favorite is Great Harvests' Old Fashioned White, their Challah is also good.

Karine said...

I also love french toast and yours sounds fabulous! thanks for sharing :)

resepi3 said...

thanks for sharing..yum..

lukspencer said...

French Toast is awesome!...I think its even better with Half and Half. This is a great idea, thank you for posting.

Luke Spencer
Pop's Survival Guide

Pete said...

Good light meal of French toast! Love it!

Mary said...

Thats how I make mine....except I don't add sugar..will try it next time.

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