Seeded French Toast

As many a great person has said, “Everything tastes better with an egg on top.” Although I can come up with a few things that WOULDN’T be better with eggs anywhere near them (read: chocolate bar, lemonade, watermelon..), I can come up with even more that would be taken over the top with an egg sitting majestically on it (noodles, hamburger, pizza, sandwich etc.) or with eggs within it (cake, ice cream, custard, french toast).

I think fried egg-soaked bread is, like, the best breakfast ever. I can have it sweet, savoury, plain. It’s amazing how fragrant it gets when it’s frying! And the best part is, I can prepare it the night before and leave the bread soaking in the fridge so that all I have to do in the morning is to heat up a little butter and fry them. Instant breakfast in barely 15 minutes!

Also, It helps to use up leftover stale bread. French toast only works with stale bread. Fresh bread just turns to mush when it is soaked in the custard mixture. Whereas, stale bread is harder and holds up perfectly. I somehow always have some stale bread hanging about in my freezer.

To make this, I only need:

Mixed Seed Bread, Eggs, Butter, White Sugar, Allspice & Milk

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I bought this loaf of bread at a local bakery. I love it so much because it had sesame seeds, sun flower seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds both inside and on top. Makes for a very pretty presentation as well as bite.

So to make the custard, we would of course need some lovely fresh eggs.2012-11-29 08.09.11

These eggs are beaten with some milk, allspice and sugar.2012-11-29 08.10.05

That golden goodness is poured over my seeded bread.2012-11-29 08.11.58

Let the soaking begin! It may seem like there is a puddle at first but given a little time, everything will get slurped up by the bread.

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You can do this step the night before you want this. Leave it in the fridge, properly covered overnight.

See? They kinda grew up. ๐Ÿ˜€2012-11-29 08.18.52

I like to use butter to fry these but you’d really have to watch to ensure the butter doesn’t burn. Alternatively, coconut oil would be excellent as it has a higher smoking point as well as great flavour.2012-11-29 08.18.07

In they go. I do a small batch at a time even though 1 more could have fit in there. I didn’t want to crowd the pan and caused steaming instead of frying.2012-11-29 08.21.24

Once the first side is nicely browned, flip ’em over. See the oil turning brown on the sides? Yeah. that happens with butter, so be careful.2012-11-29 08.24.51

I served this 2 ways. First of which is one of my favourite. What’s there not to love?

Nutella with a dusting of icing sugar.

Nutella with a dusting of icing sugar.

The second way I served this helped me use up some bits of fruit I had around.

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Orange, blueberries & raw honey.

In fact, I actually pack them to bring to work for lunch. They were sooooo filling.2012-11-29 08.41.19

To me, French toast qualifies as breakfast, dessert, supper…. even lunch or dinner. Eggy bread cannot dissatisfy. And the smell when they are frying! If they made an air freshener for homes with that scent, get me one please! Or ten.

xoxoxo, Jayne

“For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14)

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Seeded French Toast
serves 2 (about two slices each)

Ingredients:

5 thick slices Seeded Boule (or any kind of firm bread), at least day old
3 Eggs
2 tbsp White Sugar
1 tsp Allspice Powder
1 cup Whole Milk (or cream)
3-4 tbsp Butter (or coconut oil)

Serving suggestion:
Nutella & Powdered/Icing Sugar
Fruits and Berries & Honey
Chunky Jam

  1. Beat eggs in a large deep dish (make sure bread fits the dish nicely).ย 
  2. Add sugar, allspice & milk and beat well.
  3. Press down bread slices into the custard mixture and let it sit for at least 15 minutes, up to overnight.
  4. To fry, melt butter over MEDIUM LOW heat.
  5. Gently place in soaked bread, making sure not to crowd the pan.
  6. If need be, increase the heat but watch so that butter does not burn.
  7. Flip over when sufficiently browned.
  8. Serve up with your favourite topping! Mine is Nutella ๐Ÿ˜‰

Comments

  1. This french toast is GORGEOUS! Love the seeded bread & all the fresh fruit. Yum!

  2. This looks and sounds delightful. I’m a major French toast fan, so I’ll have to try some of your toppings! And try it with seeded bread. Also, can I just say that I love you are bringing it to work as lunch? Fantastic idea!

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