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All About French Toast

French toast is a breakfast recipe that is great for people of all ages. It is quite simple to make, and takes little to no time to prep. It's a great breakfast meal for a small group or a large group of people, simply because it not only tastes great, but is also very cost effective.

There are also lots of variations on the recipe depending on where you are from and the ingredients that you have available. Basic Ingredients: Bread Milk Eggs Non-stick spray or butter

Step 1: Selecting Your Bread

The bread that you use to make french toast is very important. It also depends on your own personal preferences. You can make french toast out of pretty much any type of bread out there, however some breads don't tend to taste very well when cooked in this manner. Try to stick with white bread, wheat bread, or french bread because they usually yield the best results. Once you have learned with one of these types of bread you can experiment more to make your french toast be your own recipe.

Step 2: Putting Together Your Ingredients

Since french toast cooks rather quickly, you will want to make sure to do all of your prep before you start cooking. Make sure you know the number of people you are cooking for and how many slices of french toast you are going to be preparing. Also, be certain you've sliced your bread before starting to cook, and that you've mixed your eggs correctly so that the process will go faster.

Step 3: Making Your Egg Mixture

When you are making french toast you want to count about 1/2 of an egg per slice that you are making, so try to cook an even number of slices.

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Crack your eggs into a large bowl and beat them well with a mixer or whisk. Once you have the eggs beaten, add one tablespoon of milk per egg that you have used. This will make the mixture just a bit creamier. Whole milk usually tastes better; however, you can use whatever type of milk that you like.

Step 4: Choosing and Heating Your Pan

You can make french toast on a griddle or in a regular frying pan if you prefer. If you are using a griddle, heat the surface to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray your griddle with a non-stick spray or coat it with butter to make sure that you don't have issues flipping the toast when it's time. If you are using a frying pan, use medium heat on your stove top. Also, use butter or non-stick spray on your frying pan. You want to make sure that you don't burn the toast.

Step 5: Cooking

Dip your bread into the egg mixture and coat it thoroughly on both sides with the mixture, making sure to cover all edges. Transfer the bread into your heated pan. Cook the french toast until it is golden brown on each side of the bread. It will take around 1 minute on each side to achieve this. If you are cooking a large batch, try to cook two to four slices at a time. Once they are cooked toss your readied pieces onto a platter or put them on individual plates, whatever you prefer.

Step 6: Serving

You can serve french toast with syrup, honey, jam, powdered sugar, or anything else you think would make a great topping. If you are using syrup, it is a good idea to warm it just before you serve the toast. Make sure that you have napkins handy, as it can get a little messy, just like pancakes and waffles. You should serve the french toast while it is still hot because it doesn't taste great reheated or cold.

Variations on the Recipe

Since french toast is a simple recipe, there are lots of variations that you can use to sweeten up the toast just a little more. This all depends on your own taste, so you can have fun experimenting with which way you like it better. There is no problem with making a recipe your own and adding your own touches to it.

For Vegans

If you are vegan, you can enjoy french toast by using egg substitutes instead of real eggs. It usually takes more of the mixture to achieve the desired taste, but it's a great way to make your meal animal friendly. You can use soy or almond milk instead of the regular milk as well. Since this type of milk is different from traditional milk, you will want to use just a little less so that your mixture isn't over saturated with it.

For The Kids

The sweeter the better right? When making french toast for kids, you may want to skip the syrup all together because it can get very messy very fast. Instead of using syrup, you can use peanut butter on the french toast. It's not as messy as syrup and kids love peanut butter. It's a great way to get them to eat eggs without them knowing it. You can also sprinkle a cinnamon and sugar mix over the toast to give it that extra sweet taste that they will love.


Extra Spices

It's nice to be able to change things up once in a while. After you have learned the basics, you can add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to your egg mixture to throw in a sweet vanilla taste to your toast. You can also add cinnamon to the mixture for an even better taste. Just make sure that you don't over do the spices. One great way to make sure that you don't do that is to lightly sprinkle the cinnamon over the toast while it is cooking, instead of adding it to the mixture.

French Toast as a Side Dish

If you are making a big hearty breakfast for the family, french toast is a great option for a sweet side dish. You can make it instead of your normal toast, biscuits, or pancakes. It goes great with most breakfast foods like eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, or hash browns. It's the perfect thing to add a little sweet to all the hearty breakfast foods you may be preparing.

Fruit Topping

If you want to stay away from the sugar, jam, and syrup, you can make your own healthy fruit topping to go over your french toast. Use a bag of any fresh frozen fruit and boil them in water to make them nice and soft. The fruit flavors will spread throughout the water and make a fruit topping that everyone will enjoy. You can even add a dollop of whipped cream to the top for a treat if you like.

Stuffed French Toast

Once you have mastered your regular french toast, there are lots of other things that you can do with the recipe to make it even more special. Stuffed french toast involves cooking your french toast with any number of sweet things stuffed inside. You usually have to use a thicker bread and cook it on a lower heat for things like this, but it's great to experiment with fruit, cream cheese, peanut butter, or hazelnut spread on the inside. It gives it something extra special, especially if you are serving breakfast for someone important and you are wanting to impress them.

Regional Differences

French toast does not have to be a sweet dish. If you are into more hearty dishes, you don't have to use sugar, syrup, or anything sweet. You can add a pinch of salt and serve the toast with ketchup or mayonnaise. You can even make it more savory by adding green onions or chilies to the egg mixture before you cook it. Traditionally, if you make it this way it is better to deep fry the toast.

For Jewish families, it is traditional to use the leftover challah from Friday night Sabbath dinner to make French toast on Sunday morning. It has been a part of a rich tradition for decades and will continue to be something that everyone looks forward to for years to come.

French toast can even be served with different types of cheeses. This is usually done in most latin or spanish countries and families. The dish is sometimes served with sour cream, tomatoes, or other hearty toppings to add to the flavor.


Make the Most of French Toast

There are variations all over the world on different ways to make this simple (or complex) dish. It all comes down to your own personal tastes and what you and your family enjoy. It is a great dish to experiment with until you find the way that you prefer it or you can make it lots of different ways if you enjoy them all. As long as you have the basic concept down, there are hundreds of things that you can do with the recipe to make it the perfect french toast for you and your loved ones.

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