The Perfect Weekend Breakfast – French Toast Royale
Have you ever looked around your kitchen cupboards and said, “There’s nothing good to eat!”? As frustrating as the feeling can be, the harsh reality is that many people in the Delaware Valley actually don’t have enough to eat and struggle to put food on the table. When you think of it that way, you quickly realize that you just need to get a little more creative with the food you DO have in your kitchen cupboards.
One of my favorite breakfasts on a lazy Sunday morning is making French toast. This dish was originally created as a way to use old bread before having to throw it away. Most high-end restaurants defer to brioche or challah bread, but really any dense bread will work. I tend to use Italian bread or left over French baguette for my French toast. You can go as simple or as complex as you like, but the main ingredients will always be beaten eggs, sugar and milk. You can always add preferred ingredients to give this dish your own signature flair. Orange juice, cinnamon and vanilla are some of my favorite additions.
Older bread works best since it will absorb more of the batter without falling apart. A griddle pan or wide sauté pan works best, so there is plenty of room to both lay down the battered bread and so that you can flip it easily. I prefer to use clarified or melted butter in the pan, but vegetable oil will work as well.
Once the French toast has had its crust set-in on each side, it’s time to decide what to use for toppings. This is my favorite part. Most any kind of fruit laying around your kitchen will taste good after being sliced up, mixed with a little fresh mint, maple syrup and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. I like to use bananas or strawberries for macerated fruit, and let them sit while I’m preparing the bread, batter and so on, so that it can develop its flavor before I spoon it over the French toast with a little powdered sugar and some warmed up maple syrup on the side.
With a breakfast like this, you can’t help but have a good day! What is your favorite style of French toast?
French Toast Royale
6 eggs, beaten lightly
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons powder sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Any bread of choice, sliced, such as Italian, French baguette, brioche or challah
Directions: In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add in remaining ingredients and blend well. Dip bread into batter and let soak till slices have absorbed egg mixture well. Melt butter in a sauté or griddle pan. Place slices in the pan, cooking two-three minutes until golden brown. Flip the bread and cook another two minutes. Serve with banana compote, a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup. Enjoy!
1 banana, diced
5 leaves mint, chiffonade or finely sliced
½ lime juiced
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Directions: In a small bowl, mix all components together and allow to sit for at least 20-30 minutes to develop flavor.