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French Toast Recipes

There’s quite a bit of fun history regarding the origin of the ‘French Toast’ as we know it today. Other names include German toast, American toast, Spanish toast etc.

The concept came into being when medieval European cooks who found it essential  to use up every bit of food to feed their families. It was found that old/ stale bread (or  ‘Pain Perdu’ in French which translates as *Lost Bread’ ) could be re used.  Dipping old bread in  a batter  prior to cooking on the stove top, brought a new lease of life to it. The result being quite tasty and satisfying.

Although the basic recipe was born out of poverty and necessity, Medieval recipes for “french toast” also suggest this meal was enjoyed by the wealthy as cook books for the wealthy mentioned such recipes using the finest, moistest white breads which were expensive at the time.  They also had crusts cut off – something the hungry would never think of doing.

Here I share  some  of our favorite French Toast Recipes. From a classic, to a simplified version, to some fun variations like my favorite KERALA STYLE FRENCH TOAST!!

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Recipe Name: French Toast Recipes
Recipe Type: Breakfast / Snack / Bread
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 5
Cook time: 5
Total time: 10 min
Yield: Each recipe yields 3-4 slices of french toast (depending on arty of bread used)



French Toast Recipes

Stale or Day old bread is best for french toast. If you like your french toast extra crisp and firm, drop in into your toaster for 10 seconds or so, before dipping in batter. Normal White Sandwich Bread is great for many french toast recipes, but you can use french bread or whole meal as well, each providing a different texture and flavor.

 

CLASSIC FRENCH Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 slices of white bread (Leave the crust on for a crisper crust)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¹/8 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • For Serving: Maple syrup and a slice of butter as desired. Fruits can be served on the side.

Method:

  • Use a fork to Beat the eggs with milk, cinnamon and salt till nice and foamy.
  • Heat oil in a small frying pan.
  • Dip the slices of bread into the bread  one at a time to soak for 30 seconds or so.
  • Make sure the bread is soaked evenly.
  • Lift gently with tongs and place into the hot frying pan.
  • Allow one side to get cooked and golden. Flip and repeat for the other side.<
  • Both sides should be every crisped.
  • Drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining bread.
  • To serve : Place bread on serving plate. You can cut into triangles for presentation.
  • Drizzle with some Maple Syrup and top with a slice of butter if you like it. A side of fresh fruits makes for a nice happy breakfast!
  • Serve immediately.
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Simple FRENCH Toast

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 Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of white bread (Leave the crust on for a crisper crust)
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • For Serving: Sprinkling of sugar or icing sugar, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

  • Use a fork to Beat the eggs with salt till nice and foamy.
  • Heat oil in a small frying pan.
  • Dip the slices of bread into the bread  one at a time. No need to soak.
  • Make sure the bread is coated evenly.
  • Lift gently with tongs and place into the hot frying pan.
  • Allow one side to get cooked and golden. Flip and repeat for the other side.
  • Both sides should be every crisped.
  • Drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining bread.
  • To serve : Place bread on serving plate. You can cut into triangles for presentation.
  • Sprinkle the top with sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Variation : You can replace the cinnamon powder with cocoa powder and sprinkle with sugar. Serve with fruit.
  • Serve immediately.
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Banana Bread French Toast

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Ingredients:  The Banana Bread French Toast can be made with milk or without, with cinnamon or without.

  • 3-4 slices of white bread (Leave the crust on for a crisper crust)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¹/8 cup milk – optional
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon – optional
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • For Serving: Maple syrup and a slice of butter as desired. Fruits can be served on the side. For Banana Bread French Toast a thin drizzle of Cream Cheese Frosting also works great!

Method:

  • Use a fork to Beat the eggs with milk & cinnamon (if using) and salt till nice and foamy.
  • Heat oil in a small frying pan.
  • Dip the slices of bread into the bread  one at a time.
  • Make sure the bread is coated evenly.
  • Lift gently with tongs and place into the hot frying pan.
  • Allow one side to get cooked and golden. Flip and repeat for the other side.
  • Both sides should be every crisped.
  • Drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining bread.
  • To serve : Place bread on serving plate. You can cut into triangles for presentation.
  • Drizzle with some Maple Syrup and top with a slice of butter if you like it. A side of fresh fruits makes for a nice happy breakfast!
  • If you like it sweeter, add 1 – 2 tsp of sweetened condensed milk to the egg batter and fry. Optional – Serve with sliced banana and powdered sugar.
  • Serve immediately.

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Kerala Style French Omelette :

FRENCH TOAST KERALA STYLE French Toast Recipes in a few different styles

Here we have a Delicious and Savory take on the French Bread. The ingredients of a Kerala Style Omelette come together to make this toast especially YUMMY. The addition of shallots, chilli, curry leaves and especially the use of coconut oil  make a tasty snack. You must try this version!

 Ingredients:kerala french toast 199x300 French Toast Recipes in a few different styles

  • 3 slices of white bread (Leave the crust on for a crisper crust)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¹/8 tsp of salt
  • 3 Shallots, sliced thinly
  • 1 long green pepper (mild), sliced into  rings
  • 1-2 Tbsp of fresh curry leaves
  • 2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • For Serving: Sprinkling of sugar or icing sugar, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

  • Use a fork to Beat the eggs with shallots, green chili, curry leaves and salt till nice and foamy. Use the fork to slightly crush the fresh ingredients to help ‘bruise’ and release the flavors.
  • All the egg mixture to sit for 5 minutes for best results.
  • Heat oil in a small frying pan.
  • Dip the slices of bread into the bread  one at a time. No need to soak.
  • Make sure the bread is coated evenly. Also make sure each side has enough of the shallots, green chili and curry leaves spread evenly as well. (Refer video)
  • Lift gently with tongs and place into the hot frying pan.
  • Allow one side to get cooked and golden. Flip and repeat for the other side.
  • Both sides should be every crisped.
  • Drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining bread.
  • To serve : Place bread on serving plate. You can cut into triangles for presentation.
  • No sugar, sweeteners for this version
  • Serve immediately.

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French Toast Recipes – in a few different styles

Notes: 
  • Along with the powdered cinnamon you might like to try a pinch of nutmeg.
  • If you don’t have shallots for the Kerala Style French Toast, you can use scallion greens, sliced into rings.
  • Try adding chopped mushrooms to a savory french toast for a more filling snack.
  • Read more about the Origin of French Toast.

Key Ingredients:  BREAD AND EGG (along with some of the following : sugar, milk, maple syrup, shallots, curry leaves, chill, oil)

Let us know if you tried it – French Toast Recipes  . Comments from you provide motivation to keep up the driving force behind this blog, bringing you more delicious and perfected recipes regularly. Please do leave a comment. We love to hear from you.

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