French Toast is classic comfort food, easy enough for kids to make and really difficult to mess up. So many variations are possible from the classic recipe. Just varying the soaking time changes both texture and taste. Experiment until you find what’s just right for you.
This recipe uses a homemade wheat bread to reinvent traditional French Toast into a healthier breakfast while still preserving much of white bread traditions. Try this with a homemade bread made from 1/3 whole wheat and 2/3 white flour. One or two day old bread is preferable over fresh bread because it has become a bit dry, which is better for soaking up the egg mixture.
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 4 1-inch thick slices of day-old, homemade wheat bread
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon food grade olive oil for cooking
- 2 tablespoons butter for cooking
- 2 tablespoons almond slices
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Blackberry jam without sugar added
- (optional) 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Can be done the night before.
- Pour into a pie pan and set aside.
- Over medium heat, add olive oil and butter to nonstick saute pan. Oil is for the pan, butter is for taste.
- Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing bread to soak up some of the mixture, about 30 seconds for each side.
- Put bread slices onto the skillet.
- Fry until golden brown on both sides, flip after about 2 minutes.
- Using a sifter top with powdered sugar.
- Top with almond slices, fresh fruit and jam.
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