• Recipe: French Toast

    French Toast. Who can resist the delicious bread dipped in egg, milk and spices and then fried to golden perfection? The recipe itself is actually quite ancient: according to the Apicius, a collection of recipes from the early 5th century AD, the dish we now know as the French toast existed as early as the age of the Roman Empire. In their style of French toast, called Pan Dulcis, Romans would soak bread in milk (and sometimes also egg) mixture, then fry it in oil or butter.

    Here a classic and quick recipe for those cool winter weekends:

    Preparation and cooking time: 30 to 60 minutes.
    Serves 3 to 4.

    Ingredients:

    6 slices of white bread
    6 large eggs
    1 cup of milk or soya milk
    3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    Butter for frying
    Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries…)
    Banana, cut into slices
    Greek yoghurt
    Drip Maple syrup 

    Method:

    • Preheat oven to 100°C
    • Toast bread slices and set aside to cool.
    • Whisk together the eggs, milk, granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a large casserole dish.
    • Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium to high heat. Place 2 slices of bread in the egg mixture. Let the bread completely soak in the egg mixture on both sides, about 2 to 4 minutes (bread should feel heavy and soaked through but hold its shape without breaking apart). Melt a tablespoon of butter in the frying pan and add the 2 soaked slices; cook until the outside is golden brown and crisp and the inside is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. You will need to watch and adjust the temperature if the bread is browning too quickly or not browning fast enough.
    • Keep finished French toast slices warm on a rack nested in a rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Repeat with the remaining slices.
    • Serve with berries, sliced banana, Greek yoghurt and, of course, maple syrup!

    Bon appétit!

     

     

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