How to Make French Toast

Two Methods:Using the Stove TopMicrowaved French Toast

Originally a way to use up stale bread, hot, steaming French toast is a perfect addition to a brunch, as well as making a delicious cold weather breakfast treat. Follow these steps, and you'll soon be enjoying its delicious goodness.

Ingredients

Fried French Toast

  • 1 egg for every 2 slices of bread
  • Non-stick spray, olive oil, or butter/margarine
  • Cinnamon, season to taste
  • 1/2 tsp (3 ml) vanilla extract (vanilla essence, optional) or almond essence
  • Bread (6 pieces), type of bread is up to your preference
  • Desired toppings
  • Milk (depending on number of eggs, 2 tablespoons per egg)

Microwaved French Toast

  • 1 egg for every 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon, season to taste
  • Bread (3 pieces), type of bread is up to your preference
  • Desired toppings

Toppings for French Toast

  • Any preferred fruit
  • Maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Dried fruit
  • Icing
  • Organic jam
  • Chocolate spread
  • Sliced seedless oranges
  • Nutmeg
  • Brown sugar

Method 1
Using the Stove Top

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    Set the stove or electric pan to medium high heat. Place the pan over the burner if cooking over the stove. Add non-stick spray, olive oil, or butter so that the bread will not stick to the pan.
    • Spread the oil across the pan if needed, or mop up any excess.
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    Crack the eggs into a bowl.
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    Add milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Beat them together with a fork or whisk.
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    Turn the heat down to medium-low, once the pan is heated sufficiently.
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    Dip the bread into the egg mixture.
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    Coat a slice of the bread with the mixture on both sides.
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    Place each slice onto the pan.
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    Cook the toast until golden on both sides. It takes approximately 45 seconds per side.
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    Put the toast on a plate. Then serve immediately with syrup.
    • Add hot applesauce, cinnamon or icing sugar for extra deliciousness.
    • For the sides, add bacon, sausages, fruit with whipped cream, eggs etc...These all go very well to make a wonderful meal.

Method 2
Microwaved French Toast

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    Set out a bowl and break eggs into it. Add milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Beat them together with a fork or whisk. . Break the eggs apart and beat well to combine the ingredients. Add cinnamon if desired.
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    Soak each slice of bread in the wet ingredients mixture. Soak each side for about thirty seconds or less.
    • Do not soak too long or the bread will be extremely soggy and may break apart.
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    Place one slice of wet bread on a microwavable safe plate. Place dish in microwave carefully.
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    Microwave on HIGH for one to three minutes or until egg is cooked thoroughly.
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    Flip the bread over and continue microwaving until bread is all cooked.
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    Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, organic jam, or anything else desired.

Tips

  • Sprinkle sugar over the bread while it's in the pan before flipping it. This will create a crunchy layer of caramelized sugar.
  • Eggs will blend much better if allowed to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes prior to cracking.
  • Sometimes, when making a large amount or to avoid soggy bread, it's easier to mix the egg mixture in a bowl then pour a bit in a round cake pan for easier dipping. Just set the bread in and flip.
  • Don't fry the bread at full temperature or it will burn and still be raw from the inside. Try using medium heat.
  • Cook each side for 45 seconds.
  • Try adding sugar and cinnamon to the mixture for a sweet alternative.
  • Use hard bread (a baguette or bakery bread) and soak it in the mixture to soften it before cooking it in the pan. Factory-made sliced bread may have a soggier result.
  • For parties and special occasions, try using cookie cutters on the bread before soaking it in the mixture! The different shapes are ideal for party fun.
  • Using any thicker bread will be durable enough to soak in the egg mix. Try to use Texas bread, for example
  • Chunky cinnamon bread from the bakery at the grocery store makes excellent French toast.
  • Using stale raisin bread can eliminate the need for cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • You could also just put the bread in the pan then pour everything over it if you don't like handling the coated bread. This can make it fast and very easy but it also means you might not coat the bread properly, so expect plain toast in some bits.
  • An easy estimation for the amount of milk to add is to add about as much milk as there is egg in the bowl before you beat it, then beat and mix the egg and milk at the same time.
  • Make sure the egg is thoroughly whisked.
  • Since making French toast was originally a resourceful way to use stale bread, acquiring stale bread and using it in the recipe will yield an excellent result.
  • Add an extra teaspoon of sugar if you would like it to be sweeter.
  • If you use the soft sandwich bread, try toasting it a bit so it won't be soggy.
  • Any leftover egg mixture can be used to make scrambled eggs or an omelette
  • I did the stovetop recipe, and I added a little more cinnamon to the coating after each piece of bread dipped. I also used pancake syrup instead of vanilla extract. After I finished making the toast, I spread apple butter and a little bit of a cinnamon sugar mixture on top of it. I cut the bread, then added a bit of pancake syrup and whipped cream, delicious!
  • Instead of using syrup use honey because the syrup at the store is not always good for you and honey is much sweeter.

Warnings

  • Cook the french toast thoroughly. Raw eggs can cause you to feel sick if eaten. Take note to check underdone French toast that may still have raw, runny egg inside of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl
  • Pan (if using stove method)
  • Stove or electric pan
  • Fork or whisk
  • Spatula
  • Serving plate

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