One of my girlfriends loves French toast, but has never made it, thinking it’s ‘a bit complicated’ (it’s not!). She only ever has it when staying in ‘posh’ hotels. So I had to share my easy French toast recipe with her… and with you!
Yummy and naughty but nice, French toast is our ultimate chilly morning comfort food and it’s perfect for a long lazy weekend brunch with the papers isn’t it? Yes, yes, yes!! I don’t know about you, but I don’t get too many lazy weekend mornings, but when I do, this (or a ‘full English’) is how I like to roll.
Astonishingly, the first time I tried the very English treat that is French toast (also known as cinnamon toast, eggy bread or pain perdu) wasn’t in England but in Egypt!
Peacefully drifting down the Nile on a little white-sailed boat, eggy bread was served up for breakfast most mornings by the wonderful local boys who looked after our party. It was total bliss after spending a chilly night on deck in a sleeping bag, fighting off mosquitoes and trying to sleep! Those boys were very good cooks considering the very limited kitchen kit on the boats…
The true magic of French toast is how an egg, a few slices of stale bread, a shake of cinnamon and a splash of milk can taste so divine when mixed together and fried in a pan with a good knob of real butter (has to be real butter!) There are plentiful variations on the theme, but I like to keep it simple and traditional.
My easy French toast recipe makes enough for 2, but it’s easy to scale up for more or down if you’re cooking for yourself!
Easiest ever French toast recipe, combining eggs, stale bread, milk and cinnamon into the ultimate breakfast/brunch treat in just 10 minutes
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4-6 chunky slices of gluten free bread
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 oz butter
Combine the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla essence in a large bowl and whisk until well combined
Assuming you have 6 slices of bread, add 1/6 of the butter to a hot pan and melt
Soak one slice of bread in the eggy mixture, then drop into the pan and cook until golden brown on each side
Transfer the cooked bread to a warmed plate and repeat with each slice of bread until complete
Serve with pouring cream or maple syrup and fresh berries to taste!
Are you trying out this recipe? Please leave a comment to let me know and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #coraliecooks on Instagram so I can see. I LOVE seeing what you come up with.