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Fruity French Toast

October 17, 2011

To me, French toast screams breakfast.  It’s the quintessential lazy morning at home brunch.  Simple and easy to make, but tasty and filling.  It’s definitely a wake-up-in-the-morning-don’t-want-to-do-anything-today-but-sit-around-in-my-pajamas kind of food.  It’s all that yummy, eggy goodness with a hint of sweet sugar and kick of cinnamon.  Top it all off with some rich maple syrup, powdered sugar and some fresh fruit and it’s a stick-to-your-bones ’cause you won’t need to eat the rest of the day type of meal.  Now imagine indulging and adding a dab (or more) of whipped cream to the whole thing!  Wowzers!

There are certain breakfast foods that you can easily turn into a breakfast-for-dinner kind of meal (such as pancakes).  But there are other foods that were tailor-built for breakfast only, and French toast, in my opinion is one of those types of meals.  It seems to be too sugary and sweet to really fit the mold of breakfast for dinner.  And it’s really too hearty of a dish that you’d want to weigh yourself down at dinner with.  For my husband and I, French Toast with some fresh fruit is the perfect meal for a Saturday or Sunday morning when we’ve got time on our hands and really want to have a delicious breakfast.

If my husband and I can think ahead enough to the fact that we’ll be making French toast, we’ll do it right and make sure we pick up a loaf of challah bread at the store.  The large number of eggs that are used in the making of challah bread are perfect for French toast because it makes the bread a bit more porous, giving it the ability to soak up the egg bath you put the bread into, and gives it a more robust flavor when you make French toast.  However, a regular loaf of white bread or even french bread works just fine.  If you’re concerned about the bread absorbing too much of the egg mixture or becoming too soggy, try cutting the bread the night before and leaving it out on the counter overnight.  It’ll form a crust and harden a bit, preventing it from being coming too soggy with your egg mixture.

The other ingredients you need for Fruity French Toast are: eggs, milk or cream, cinnamon, ground cloves, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla extract, maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit and whipped cream.

We start by slicing big, thick pieces of bread.  Generally, 2 thick pieces per person is more than filling.

Then you have to create an egg mixture to dip the bread into.  The egg mixture consists of beaten eggs, some brown and white sugar, a dash of cinnamon and ground cloves, a splash of vanilla extract and some cream or milk.  Mix that all together until it’s well combined.  At this point, start heating up a skillet.  You can add butter into the skillet if you wish to create a more golden-brown crust on your French toast.

Dip each slice of bread into your egg mixture.  Make sure it really soaks up all the rich goodness of the egg mixture.  Ensure that the egg mixture covers both sides of the bread.

Once the skillet is hot enough, put the bread into the skillet and cook it on both sides until it turns golden brown and the egg is fully cooked.

Once the French toast is cooked, you can add your own personal flair to the meal in a number of ways.  My husband and I like to pour some maple syrup on our French toasts and then dust the whole thing with powdered sugar.  Some people may choose to add butter to their French toast at this point, similar to what you’d do with waffles or pancakes.

In our attempt to be healthy my husband and I generally slice up some fresh fruit, whatever is in season, and top our French toast with it.  For me, I like sliced strawberries and bananas.  Besides, the strawberries and bananas add a nice splash of color to the brown of the French toast and the white of the powdered sugar.

Since my husband likes blueberries, they are all his.  It’s all about customization and being able to eat it the way you want to eat it.

If you really want to be bad, and you’re not on a diet and counting calories, be bad and add some whipped cream on top of the whole she-bang.  It’s delicious, you know it is!

And now you’re ready to scarf down your Fruity French Toast.  And after a meal like that, and it really is a meal, you’ll be ready for a nap.  The perfect thing for a weekend where you’ve got nothing else to do!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    October 18, 2011 10:04 am

    I’m going to come to your place someday and we can make all this fabulous-looking food and then veg out and watch a movie or something. Or we could have your husband cook for us (wink).

    • October 18, 2011 10:36 am

      Sounds like a great plan! You guys are welcome any time. And yes, I’ll have my husband cook for us, splendid idea!

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