Monday, April 11, 2011

Big French Toast

Growing up, we always had big french toast when we were camping, and for some reason it never occurred to me, before today, that I could make it at home as well! I am on Spring Break, so that means sleeping in and actually having time in the mornings for yummy breakfasts. This has always been one of my very favorite breakfasts, and it is the perfect solution for the leftover, dry french bread I usually have laying around after making this or this. My husband, the poor soul, had never had this breakfast until today, and he was a fan! He said, "It almost tastes like a scone!" Which is equal to "This is amazing and wonderful and I hope you make it every day because it is the best thing EVER and you are an amazing wife and cook and I love you."
Or something like that...
I will warn you...if you are looking for a healthy breakfast choice, this is not it. But I figure if I have wheat toast and peanut butter for breakfast 5 days a week, a little big french toast every now and then won't kill me.
Alright, enough of the intro. On to the recipe!
image from here
What you'll need:
french bread
oil--the amount depends on your pan (more on that in the instructions)
1 1/3 C flour
1 C milk--more as needed to thin it
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk together. My batter was pretty thick, so I added milk until it was about the consistency of pancake batter. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan (I tried to do it on a griddle and the oil just ran out of the drain. Duh. Not my brightest moment). You'll want about 1/4 inch of oil in the bottom of your pan. Cut french bread into 1 inch slices, coat completely in batter, and fry in oil until golden brown on both sides. FYI-I made 5 slices of this, and I had oodles of batter left over. I will probably half it next time I make it.
Top with butter, syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, or a combination of a few! Mmm. I think we might have this again tomorrow!


Nicki said...

This sounds wonderful Mindy. I'm going to have to try it out in the very near future. Everything that I have tried from this site has been wonderful. I'm so glad you guys are sharing!

Brenda Danner Oswell said...

I seriously just gone done making this! They were delicious, I kept the batter thicker and it was still tasty. Jeff LOVED them, I'm pretty sure he had 6 pieces :)