French toast, a simple food topped with powdered sugar and butter, is one of the most well-known of all America’s most popular breakfast foods. However, for many people, the very idea of a French breakfast can conjure up images of French peasant farmers sleeping on straw bales in the cold, dark nights. While the reality is somewhat different from this picture, the basic ingredients of a French toast are still very much a part of that picture. Even if you don’t care for the image, there are ways to make a French toast without milk and egg. Here are 5 different ways to make that special French toast.
If you’re not fond of the traditional ingredients you’ll find in a typical French toast, then consider making yours with vegetables instead. Vegetables are a surprisingly versatile food and can make a hearty French toast with just about anything you like. As an example, to make a tasty raw version of a French toast, mix chopped onions, green peppers, celery sticks, and garlic in a bowl; add a few tablespoons of olive oil and mix thoroughly. Toast it on the griddle (oil free skillet works best) to brown and crisp. Drain off the grease when it’s done, and serve with extra chopped veggies.
Another delicious twist on a French toast is to replace the egg and milk with a bowl of fruit. Swap out the egg for an apple, pear, or banana, or other seasonal fruit. Add variety by also selecting items from different food groups. For instance, instead of using eggs, try using avocados, cherry tomatoes, or strawberries. You could even use an assortment of nuts instead of the yolk.
Most toast makers contain the necessary ingredients for making a delicious bowl of bread, but they leave out the crucial part of the recipe: the egg. It’s important that you beat the egg in the bread with the butter until it becomes loose and fluffy. Once the egg is mixed well in, fold in the second egg and then continue to beat it until the bread is completely smooth and elastic. When you are done, your toast is ready to eat with just a drizzle of additional egg cream.
If you have time, why not experiment with different kinds of bread? Try wheat bread or whole wheat bread to make a different kind of French toast. Try wheat or whole grain toast made with instant coffee and lemon. Make a quiche for a change, or serve up a fresh salad with your usual toast. Your family will love it, and so will you!
Making a grilled bread toast is a little bit trickier, but not nearly as hard as you might think. First of all, you need a good sandwich maker. At least one should be able to handle this task properly, but you can try a dual function model if you can. Next, make sure you have the proper oils in place, such as good vinaigrette oil or better yet, a mix of olive oil and ground pepper. Grill your sandwich on a hot griddle set over a hot grill until the bread is golden brown and the oil begins to shimmer.
As for the writing, sometimes it is best to make the toast a bit thinner than you normally would. This helps the filling stay warm longer and makes for a more moist and delicious outcome. Another trick to keeping bread crisp is to keep the excess liquid away from the center of the bread. The steam will cause it to expand, making for soggy bread. You can also try using vegetable stock or water in place of oil. This works well and leaves the bread with a much richer taste.
A French at home breakfast is a special treat for any occasion, whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or just a night out with friends. It is easy to make, quick to make, and nutritious. Try something different this year. You won’t be disappointed.