The great thing about French toast is that it’s easy to make and that you’re not limited in your choice of toppings. They can range from butter, cream cheese, avocado (yes, avocado), yoghurt, mushrooms… We know you’re already thinking of a few ideas.
Vanilla French toast makes use of, you guessed it, vanilla essence and in our recipe, we recommend the trusted and simple maple syrup, powdered sugar or berries as toppings. You can enjoy your vanilla French toast as it is or with sourdough bread, cut into small pieces for a more filling breakfast. Of course, don’t forget your coffee.
8 Slices white bread, sliced
3/4 cup skimmed or whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Butter for pan
- In a shallow bowl, make the sweet custard batter by whisking together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. You may even whip it in a blender.
- Dip the bread into the custard batter for about 1 minute per side, to fully coat the bread.
- Heat a pan over medium heat. Place a pat of butter and let it begin to sizzle. Add french toast slices dipped into custard into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Watch carefully as you may want to LOWER the heat to medium-low if the bread is browning too quickly. You want it to be fully cooked on the inside as well so low and slow wins the race.
- Remove from pan and place on a wire rack so the French toast doesn’t become soggy. The air circulation helps keeps any steam from forming underneath the French toast. You may also keep the French Toast warm by placing in an oven set to 80-100 degrees.
- Repeat by placing another pat of butter in the pan and continue to cook remaining bread slices.
- Top with your favourite toppings.
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