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Quick and Easy French Toast

Delicious cinnamon french toast with a slightly crisp outside and fluffy middle - perfect for a mid-week treat or special occasions! Made with just a few simple ingredients and in under 25 minutes!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine European, French
Freezer friendly 3 Months
Shelf life 1 Day
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 285kcal
Author Samira

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread of your choice (brioche, challah, baguette, or Pullmans are the best options)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk whole milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar with extra for sprinkling-around 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed vanilla can also use extract- optional!

Also:

  • handful of strawberries raspberries, pomegranate, blueberries and blackberries, or your favorite fruit
  • 2 tsp coconut oil for frying or similar oil, of your choice
  • icing sugar to decorate (optional)
  • maple syrup to drizzle (optional)

Instructions

  • Mix - In a bowl shallow dish or bowl whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, and seasonings (use vanilla extract or vanilla seeds) until thoroughly combined, with no bits of egg white throughout. The spices will rise to the top of the mix when resting, so don't worry about this too much.
  • Heat - Heat up the pan with a teaspoon or so of coconut oil over medium heat. If the heat is too high then you'll cook the outside of the french toast, but will have soggy, raw middles.
  • Soak - One slice of bread a time, dip bread into the egg mixture for around 30 seconds on each side.
  • Fry - As soon as it's soaked, transfer your first piece of bread to the hot pan. Fry in the skillet on medium until golden brown and slightly crispy on both sides. This takes me around 3-4 minutes per side - but may vary.  For a little extra sweetness and browning , sprinkle a little bit extra coconut sugar onto the slice when frying.
  • About a minute before your french toast is Cooked, add the next slice of bread to the egg mixture, to soak. And repeat.
  • Serve - When ready, prepare with the toppings of your choice such as berries, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.  Read the recipe notes for flavor variations and options on how to serve.
  • Storing - French toast is best eaten immediately. However, you can also freeze it for a quick morning treat. Place the toast in a single layer of a baking sheet and flash freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-friendly container for up to three months.
    Reheat either in the oven for 10 minutes at 350ºF/180ºC OR in the toaster. 

Notes

Recipe Notes & Variations

  • When it comes to the type of dairy/non-dairy product that you use, this comes down to taste. I prefer to use whole-fat milk, for a creamy but not too rich result. However, you could also use Heavy cream, Half and Half, Dairy-free milk: Including Coconut milk, Oat milk, and Almond milk (although they will affect the flavor differently).
  • Whether you're happy to use sugar or was a refined sugar-free option, you have some choices. Note, the flavor will change slightly depending on which you use, i.e. Granulated sugar (white, coconut sugar, brown sugar), Powdered sugar, Agave syrup, Maple Syrup, Honey, Erythritol
There are a variety of ways to flavor your classic french toast to your liking. Some of these include:
  • Add a few tablespoons of liquor - such as orange liqueur, married, port, sherry, Baileys - to the egg mixture.
  • Add orange/lemon zest to the custard or to top the french toast
  • Use additional spices - such as nutmeg, or even pumpkin spice. 

To serve with your homemade french toast:

  • Butter or honey butter
  • Maple syrup or Honey
  • Turmeric honey
  • Fresh berries 
  • Grilled fruits - like peaches or apricots, or 
  • Other fruits: banana, apple, etc
  • Fruit compote: made by combining the fruit, sweetener, lemon juice, and water to a pan and simmering till thick and 'jam'-like.
  • Nutella  or melted chocolate (Dark chocolate, Milk, Or White)
  • A drizzle of Nut Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Extra cinnamon
  • Lemon juice
  • Shredded Coconut (to sprinkle over or even dip in pre-frying)
  • crushed nuts
  • Yogurt :  Natural Yogurt, Coconut Yogurt, or Almond Milk

Bonus Notes:

  • For a baked version, place all the soaked bread slices on a baking sheet/pan and then bake for 25-30 minutes, to cook the interior, following with a final broil (grill), to brown the top.
  • For stuffed french toast simply use thicker slices of bread and slice a pocket into it then stuff with chocolate, strawberries, cream cheese, and fruit, etc.
  • The batter can be pre-prepared 24 hours in advance. Just keep in the fridge, in an airtight container. 

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 3mg