There are some dishes that are so distinctly breakfast-like that it’s hard to think of them as anything else. One of these is French toast. This dish goes well with eggs, baked beans, bacon, sausage, and everything else you may want to include on your breakfast plate.
It is also quite versatile to eat French toast. You can do it sweet or savory and add extra spices if you want to spice it up. And it’s very easy to make!
Our next video will show you how to make French toast on a griddle and give you some great ideas for serving this popular dish.
French Toast on a Griddle
French toast can become a mess if you aren’t used to cooking it on a skillet or griddle. French toast that has been fried in a pan is probably familiar to most people. It’s an easy and great way to make it. The problem is that frying pans are usually circular, while the bread is shaped more like a triangle. That makes it difficult to cook a lot at once unless you have a very large pan.
What’s The Answer?
Griddles are great for cooking French toast. Grills are typically long and rectangular, making them ideal for cooking multiple slices of bread simultaneously. The griddle you have over the burner, the cast iron griddle built right into the stovetop, or that lovely nonstick ceramic electric griddle you own, all work great for French toast.
You can cook 8-12 pieces of toast at once on many griddles, but if you plan on doing that it’s a good idea to have an assistant around. Make the toast soaked in water at one time and prepare plates to receive cooked French toast when it comes off the griddle. Therefore, you will not burn anything while everything will be served hot and ready to eat.
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Types of French Toast
Europeans were making French toast as early as the 15th century, a.k.a. lost bread (French for “lost bread”), a simple recipe involving stale bread soaked in an egg-and-milk combination and fried to a golden brown. Our beloved French toast recipe doesn’t stray too far from that original recipe.
You can prepare this dish in a variety of ways today, and it doesn’t just have to be served at breakfast. You can make savory French toast variations by stuffing it with ham and cheese for a cozy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dessert, or for those special evenings when you are having breakfast for dinner (hello, brinner!).
Fluffier French Toast
Here is our tried-and-true recipe for eggy milk-dipped toast. The real difference is that at many restaurants, their French toast is thicker and fluffier than what can be made at home using that recipe.
What’s The Secret?
French toast is often baked in a batter rather than simply soaked in milk and eggs. The result is a thicker toast that stays softer and more luxurious while at the same time making the bread inside softer.
The batter is simple to make. The flour should be 112 tablespoons (all-purpose works best, but any flour will work) and whisked into the egg and milk mixture. Mix it well to ensure no lumps. Afterward, soak the bread for one minute on each side with the batter, then cook as you would for the basic recipe.
Is it possible to get fluffier French Toast?
Certainly. You can achieve it. There are two more tricks to make your French toast fluffy and luxurious.
Use thick-sliced bread first. A typical loaf of bread is approximately 12 – 36 inches thick. To make the fluffiest French toast, slice it 1″ thick.
To make French toast even fluffier, add a pinch (a really tiny pinch) of baking powder to the batter. It’s all in the quantity: a little goes a long, LONG way, so don’t overdo it or your toast will be covered in cake!
Crispy French Toast
Adding a soaking overnight to your bread will enhance its flavor, making your French toast even more delicious and divine. This can be accomplished by soaking the bread in water and placing the slices in an ungreased pan. Afterward, pour the remainder of the batter over the bread. In order to freeze it for a minimum of eight hours, you must cover it lightly and freeze it for at least eight hours. The baking should be done at least 24 hours before it is frozen. The batter should also not contain raw eggs. Thus, be sure to cover it well and store it in the best compact refrigerator with caution!
The Best Bread for French Toast
Many people forget that dried bread gives the best results when making French toast. As a matter of fact, French toast is often called old bread or lost bread in many languages, with the original idea being to repurpose old bread as French toast.
You can soak up your egg and milk mixture into stale bread without it getting soggy, even if it is older and stale. That would be ideal for French toast. If you are using fresh bread, it is best to dry it first to achieve optimal results.
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How to Dry Your Bread?
Laying slices out on a rack and baking them on low heat for about five minutes is one method for drying bread.
Using a perfect convection microwave is a good option if you don’t have an oven or don’t want to heat up the house. Just microwave the bread for 20 to 30 seconds on each side. Let the bread cool after it comes out of the microwave so any moisture will escape.
French toast can be made with any kind of bread as long as it can be sliced into thick slices.
How to Flavor French Toast?
Whether it’s made sweet, savory, spiced, or just plain, this dish is highly versatile. French toast is usually served sweet and flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. You can add these to the egg and milk before cooking or use them as a coating after toasting.
To enhance the taste of French toast, salt, pepper, and even rosemary can be used.
How to Serve French Toast?
If you want to make your French toast look more attractive, you can cut them diagonally to make triangles. Besides syrup (maple or otherwise) and butter on top, the foods can also be served with jams and jellies, or even fruit and whipped cream. The same ideas that work with pancakes and waffles also work with French toast.
However, if you want to make French toast savory, you can serve it topped with cheese, sliced meats, and oven-roasted vegetables.
Extreme French Toast
French toast that’s basic or extra fluffy will appeal to almost everyone, but someone is sure to want something extra.
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And Luckily We Have More for You
French toast made with batter and sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk is our most luxurious recipe. If you follow this recipe, you will have a rich, almost dessert-like treat, albeit with a lot of calories. French toast in Hong Kong style is the most extravagant toast we found.
Are You Ready for This?
I consider this to be a masterpiece. Prepare sandwiches first with peanut butter and jam, or fruit fillings, instead of making single slices of bread. Then coat the sandwiches with the batter thickened with flour, and cook them on both sides. This sandwich is usually deep-fried in Hong Kong (DEEP FRIED! ), but it can also be fried on a griddle or in a pan.
- 4 Eggs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup Milk
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 8 Slices bread
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Combine the milk, eggs, and salt on a wide bowl or plate.
- Make sure to soak the bread for about one minute on each side before flipping it over.
- Using oil or butter, coat the griddle on both sides. Make sure to apply the oil all over using a silicone brush or spatula if necessary.
- Set your skillet to medium heat (between 250°F and 325°F if it has a temperature control).
- You should cook the French toast for two minutes on one side. Then flip it and cook it evenly on the opposite side.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 258mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g