Every weekend I love to have and enjoy english breakfast. Well yes, pancakes and cinnamon rolls are my all time favourite. But french toasts have their own space. A thick bread slice dipped in thick custard and cooked using butter/oil, flavoured with hint of cinnamon and topped with some fresh fruits/whipped cream and honey/maple syrup. Well this is quiet a long list but imagine these into a single slice of bread, you gonna love it.
It's a classic and a decadent dessert. It's beloved by kids and adults both. The best part about this recipes is that you can put it together with simple ingredients(like bread, eggs, milk) and no fancy tools. Originally french toasts were created to finish up the stale bread. The bread was soaked in the egg and milk mixture and then fried off in a pan.
HOW TO MAKE FRENCH TOAST?
Well till now you must be thinking soaking a bread in egg and milk mix then frying is all what it takes. Basically yes but what differs between a french toast and an amazing french toast are the simple tips and tricks. The very basic and an important ingredient in French toast is bread. You cannot use any bread here. If you will use your regular milk bread here, you will not taste that great texture here. There are 2 simple rules you have to follow
1. Use stale bread (1-2 days old) not fresh one because stale bread soaks the custard more than a fresh one.
2. Use thick bread slices so that it could retain the custard in it.
Whenever I have to make french toast I always go to my local baker and buy an uncut loaf or make one at home. Both ways I have to have a delicious bread before making toast. The other crucial is soaking the bread. Traditionally chef do soak them for hours but we can't afford to do that.
WHAT TO HAVE ON FRENCH TOAST?
I am topping up my french toast with some honey and my freshly homemade granola. This is how I like mine. You can top your toasts with powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh fruits etc. For more enhanced flavour you can add Nutella, peanut butter or simple chocolate syrup will also work here.
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence(optional)
In a deep and wide dish crack eggs. Now add milk cinnamon and vanilla essence. Mix well using whisk or fork.
Apply butter to each side of the bread. Soak the bread in the custard for 10 min and then flip them off and again give 10 min. (Time is important here. If bread slices aren't thick enough you can reduce this time to 5 min).
Place a pan on gas and apply some butter and oil to it. Cook each bread slice for 3-4 min on each side(Gas flame shouldn't be too high at this point).
You can serve them as it is but I am gonna bake them at 180C for 10 min.
Server them with your favourite topping.
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