No Fuss French Toast
There is a lot of fancy in the food blog world (and on the Internet in general). If you’ve ever done a search on a site like Pinterest, you’ll know what I mean.
Where do people get time for all the fancy? It’s cool to look at a work of art, but then when you try to recreate said work of art you most of the time end up with massive failures (speaking from personal experience).
So I wanted to take a step back from the super-hyper world of recipes and instead provide the most basic of recipes. Could I have turned this into CARAMEL APPLE PUMPKIN CINNAMON LATTE FRENCH TOAST?
Probably, but sometimes you just want a damn piece of Basic French Toast that tastes good without all the fluff.
1) If your bread isn’t stale, toasted it in a 300 degree oven for 5-6 minutes to dry it out. You don’t want it actually toasted, just dry.
2) In a wide, shallow dish, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
3) Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once hot, melt a small amount of butter in the pan and spread it around.
4) Working with one piece of bread at a time, dip it in the custard mixture and let it soak for a few seconds. Then transfer to the hot skillet or griddle.
5) Let the french toast cook for a minute or two on the first side. Sprinkle some sugar on the french toast and give it a flip. Cook the french toast on the second side until it’s browned and the sugar is caramelized, 1-2 minutes.
6) Remove french toast and repeat with remaining pieces of bread. Serve warm french toast with butter and syrup.
Basic French Toast
Again, fancy french toasts are all over and sometimes they have fancy breads. The nice thing about this Basic French Toast recipe is that you can use pretty much any bread you want. It’ll work. If you want to get fancy and use brioche or challah, feel free!
But, you can also just use plain old white sandwich bread which brings back memories of my youth.
Whatever bread you use, do make sure it’s pretty stale. If you need to, dry it out in a 300 degree oven for a few minutes before making the recipe.
The Custard Mix
The base of any good French toast is a simple custard. Mix together some eggs and milk and you are well on your way. At the expense of making this slightly fancy, I also recommend adding cinnamon and vanilla extract.
If you don’t have cinnamon and vanilla in your pantry, then you probably need to go to the store. Harsh truth.
Whisk all that business together with a pinch of salt.
This is not hard.
When you’re ready to cook the French toast, dip the toast in the custard for a few seconds so it soaks up and then transfer it to your skillet or griddle.
Ok. One Small Trick
A lot of French toast recipes will have sugar in the custard. I recommend skipping that.
Instead, when you’re cooking the French toast (over medium heat, in butter), sprinkle a tiny layer of sugar on the bread. When you flip the french toast, the sugar will caramelize a bit and make a delicious crust on the French toast.
I used plain, white, cheap sugar.
Cook the French toast over medium heat for a few minutes per side until the bread is nicely browned on the outsides and there isn’t any raw custard on the inside.
These are way more flexible than pancakes in my opinion. You can flip them a few times without too much worry and poke at them to see if they are cooked through or not.
After the toast is cooked, pile it high and deep and put just enough butter on top to create a little butter puddle.
You want the butter puddle.
You almost certainly have everything you need to make this Basic French Toast.
If you’re having a dreary start of fall weekend, there’s no reason not to make really simple homemade French toast.
Leave the fancy to the professionals.