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With a name like French Toast you'd think the dish comes from France right? Amazingly enough there is an entry in the Apicius (a Recipe Collection dating back to the Roman Empire) of a dish which consists of bread dipped in eggs and milk, fried and covered in honey. My recipe (actually, my grandma's recipe) has a few extra ingredients for added richness- but the basics are the same!
The name "French Toast" is said to have first been used in England in the 17th century before it made it's way over to the United States with the early settlers.
Everyone seems to have their own version of this favorite breakfast dish and not that I'm biased or anything, but I truly believe you'll never taste a better version than my grandma's. Here's what you'll need:
- 6 slices of Brioche Bread
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3 Tbsp of Butter (2 for the recipe, 1 to cook with)
- ¾ Cup Milk
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Flour
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- ½ Tsp Nutmeg
- ¼ Tsp Salt
- Toppings (syrup, butter, powdered sugar, fruit)
You'll want to mix all your wet ingredients first, beat the eggs etc. Then mix all the dry ingredients together.
Then combine the wet with the dry ingredients to create a batter like consistency.
Once this has been done you can turn on your skillet and get it med-high hot while you soak your bread:
After about 20 seconds turn the bread over and allow to soak some more.
Once your skillet is nice and hot you can add the dipped bread and cook for about 2 minutes each side, until a nice golden brown is achieved.
Once you have it all cooked you can start dishing up immediately.
A favorite in our house is to add syrup and powdered sugar, along with summer berries. It's really your own choice. It's very versatile.
- Bread, 6 Slices (preferably Brioche)
- Eggs, 2 x Large
- Butter, 3 x Tbsp
- Milk, ¾ Cup
- Vanilla Extract, 2 x Tsp
- Flour, ½ Cup
- Sugar, 2 Tbsp
- Cinnamon, 1 Tsp
- Nutmeg, ½ Tsp
- Salt, ¼ Tsp
- Take 2 Tbsp of the butter and melt to liquid in the microwave.
- In a mixing bowl beat the eggs, then add the vanilla and milk.
- Add the melted butter and mix again.
- In another bowl take the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix throroughly.
- Pour into the dry ingredients and mix again until a consistent batter has formed with no lumps.
- Take a skillet and melt the remaining butter, keeping the heat med to high.
- Take each piece of bread and soak both sides (turning half way) for about 30 seconds.
- Cook on the skillet until golden brown, remove promptly.
- Serve immediately with your choice of toppings.
Nutmeg and cinnamon is optional, but they do add definite depth to the flavor!
Brioche is definitely my go-to bread for this as it is nice and thick (and sweet!) - but Texas toast would work too - or any thicker sliced bread!
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 242Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 80mgSodium 335mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 7g
I recommend using a toaster to reheat French Toast as it will maintain it's crispy exterior. You could even use the oven, though it will take a little longer.
A microwave would work but the bread will be a little softer.
Find out more about the history of French Toast here (Food and Wine).