How To Make French Toast
My mom taught me how to make French toast out of Roman Meal sandwich bread. That was the only kind of bread she ever bought. I never asked her why. Then I had a boyfriend whose dad would make French toast out of stale challah bread or a brioche loaf. He would mix orange juice in with the eggs and his daughter used to request “orange juice French toast” for breakfast whenever she had a slumber party.
The funny thing about French toast is the name. All it is is bread, dipped in a custard mix, and cooked in a little butter or oil. Nothing about it is terribly French and almost every other country that eats bread at all has some classic recipe for making use of stale bread: Eggy bread (UK), torrijas (Spain), rabanada (Brazil), arme ritter (Germany). There are other places with other variations and names for it but I don’t have those keys on my computer.
Anyway, you get the idea. French toast was probably not invented in France is all I’m saying. Nonetheless, it’s super fast and economical and makes a great breakfast. (Or lunch if you use the same technique to batter a ham and cheese sandwich. Then you’re looking at a Monte Cristo Sandwich.)
How to Make French toast
Video and Recipe!
How To Make French Toast
- Yield: 2 1x
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of milk
- zest of one orange
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 6 slices of bread (stale is best, about an inch thick if you can slice it yourself)
- Butter for cooking and serving (a few tablespoons)
- maple syrup, jam, cinnamon-sugar, or powdered sugar for serving
- Whisk the eggs, milk and flavorings together. There should be no identifiable egg white or yolk. Should be uniform color.
- Heat a griddle over medium heat.
- Add a tablespoon of butter and swoosh it around to coat.
- Dip one piece of bread in the egg, about 5 seconds on each side. Hold it over the bowl so any excess drips off.
- Put it in your pan.
- Do another piece of bread like that.
- Let them cook about 3 minutes on each side, or until toasty brown looking. Serve immediately with butter and whatever on top.
- Bone appeteet!
Of course, French toast is great with maple syrup or molasses or honey or powdered sugar or jam or any number of sweet sauces you would use on pancakes. (click here for how to make pancakes!) Try a savory version of French toast by mixing in a couple tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese in with the egg, omitting the other seasonings, plus some extra salt and black pepper. Fry as directed, then top with sauteed cherry tomatoes or zucchini and herbs like thyme, basil, or oregano.