Sunday, October 15, 2006

French Toast

I made another couple of loaves of that yummy bread from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. That bread is amazing. We had some for dinner with Split Pea Soup and the second loaf I used for French Toast this morning. It was the best French Toast I've ever made. That soft, fresh bread just soaked up the batter.

Here are a couple of French Toast recipes from The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook - one regular and one vegan. I make the regular recipe with rice or soy milk and eggs from our hens. If there had been any French Toast left over, I was going to put French Toast sandwiches in the girls lunches tomorrow.

Sesame French Toast
This is especially good made with whole grain raisin bread. Freeze the leftovers and warm in your toaster when ready to eat.

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
Pinch ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/2 cup sesame seeds
6 slices whole grain bread

In shallow bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cardamom, and vanilla or almond extract. Preheat griddle or skillet to medium heat. Spread sesame seeds on a plate. Dip bread into egg mixture, coating both sides. Lay bread on sesame seeds and turn to coat both sides. Place bread on lightly oiled, hot griddle or skillet. Cook each side of bread until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices. Serve with applesauce, unsweetened jam, chopped fresh fruit, and/or yogurt or cottage cheese.

Makes 3 servings

Vegan French Toast
You can have French toast without eggs or dairy. The flaxseeds give an eggy feeling to the toast and supply omega-3 fatty acids.

3 tablespoons flaxseeds
1/3 cup water
1 cup soy, rice, or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
8 slices whole grain bread

Grind flaxseeds to powder in coffee grinder or blender. Whisk or blend ground seeds, water, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make sure they are well blended. Pour into shallow dish. Dip bread into flax mixture, coating both sides. Place bread on oiled, hot griddle or skillet. Cook each side of bread until golden brown. These are stickier than regular French toast so you may need to add more oil to the pan when you turn. Repeat with remaining slices.

Makes 4 servings

French Toast Sandwich
This is a great idea for a take-out breakfast when you don’t have time to eat at home. It’s also a yummy snack.

Spread a slice of French toast (regular or vegan) with peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, or cream cheese. Spread a second piece with apple butter, applesauce, mashed bananas, or jam. Press together into a sandwich.

Makes 1 serving

There's also a good vegan French Toast recipe in Vegan with a Vengenace that's made with chickpea flour.


~go veg said...

Thanks for the vegan french toast recipe ;-)

Cathe Olson said...

You're welcome - hope you like it.