French Toast Recipe2012-04-18
- Yield : 3 slices
- Servings : 1
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 6m
- Ready In : 12m
This information is per serving.
Saturated fat2 g
French Toast has been around for hundreds of years. Prior to preservatives and store-bought sliced breads, most home baked and bakery breads would become stale in a day or two. Europeans and other peoples bought freshly baked bread daily. Since there were no freezers, preserving breads for weeks or months was not an option.
One way of eating stale bread was to dip it in milk which was also perishable. A few hundred years ago someone added eggs to the milk and fried the soaked sliced bread. While most Americans eat French toast for breakfast. It can be enjoyed for any meal. Prep and cooking time is less than 15 minutes.
For tender French toast, use a good quality soft French or Italian bread or homemade bread. Freshly baked, soft sliced white bread can be used if you do not over soak the slices in the egg mixture otherwise it will easily break and fall apart when transferred from the egg soak to the skillet.
Since most store bought breads have preservatives extending shelf life to a week or more, using “day old” pre-sliced breads no longer applies. It may take a little experimentation to determine the ideal soak time.
Omit cooking spay when using non-stick cookware unless you experience excessive sticking.
Over soaking will cause bread slices to fall apart. Bread can be under soaked and remaining egg mixture poured over the top while the first side cooks.
Nutrition values are based on 4 tbsps of milk and 3 tbsps of jam. Calories and sodium will vary depending on the type of bread used and amount of milk and jam. Calories from cooking spray is negligible.
Homemade Bread Recipes
- 3 slices bread about 1/2 inch thick
- 1 large egg
- 4 tablespoons (60 ml) milk or water
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 ml) vanilla extract
- Jam, jelly, honey or maple syrup
- Vegetable cooking spray
- Alternate Flavorings, Toppings, & Sides
- Fresh fruit
- Chopped nuts
- Amaretto or other liqueur
- Ground cinnamon or nutmeg
- Almond, lemon or orange extract
Method of Preparation
Preheat a large skillet or griddle coated with cooking spray over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until it reaches 350°F (175°C) on an infrared thermometer.
In a rimmed dish large enough for the sliced bread to lie flat, beat egg, milk and vanilla to a uniform consistency.
Soak each slice of bread 2 to 5 seconds per side depending on the age and type of bread used, transfer bread to skillet using a fork and cook about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked trough.
Serve with your favorite toppings and sides.