With the weather changing and it getting a little colder, we are all looking for something to warm us up.
I find that I am always looking at recipes and new ingredients, its an occupational hazard, working in the cooking school, well I say ‘working’ but for me its not ‘working’ its my passion/obsession.
I remember when I was a little girl and still at home, my Dad, a wonderful man, he is missed everyday….. would disappear into the kitchen and come out with a plate of something fantastic, french toast, pancakes, big bowl of popcorn to mention but a few.
We all (there was 6 of us) loved it when he would ‘appear’ from the kitchen and we could all dive in.
French toast was a favourite in our house, there was never enough french toast to go around, it didn’t matter if Dad made 20 slices or 40 slices, there was never enough (ha ha).
We did enjoy french toast for our weekend breakfast, we didn’t need to jump up out of bed get ready and grab a quick breakfast before heading off to school. So the weekend was special, Saturday could be french toast and Sunday morning would be a fry-up, oh them were the days 🙂
French toast is so easy and so delicious it just sets you up for the day….
The main ingredient is the bread and oh I do long for Mothers Pride Plain Bread, a fantastic loaf of bread, a staple for us as we were growing up. Unfortunately it is a specialty that is only to be available in Scotland, and a few towns in the very north of England.
There are no real quantities as far as this recipe goes, its all about how hungry you are and how many slices of bread you want to use.
The french call this ‘Pain perdu’ – lost bread, as its a great way to use up old/stale bread, and lets be honest about it the bread in France goes hard/stale very quickly, so its a great way to use up the bread.
You don’t need to use old bread, fresh bread does just as well, its your choice.
French toast is an easy delicious meal to put together, I know you are probably thinking ‘meal…. this is not a meal’ well I guess it all depends on at what time of the day you decide you are going to make/eat it.
Anyway lets get on with the making of this delicious food.
Get some eggs, bread, milk, a bowl, a frying pan, some vegetable oil, a steaming up of tea, some salt and lets get started.
Crack the eggs into the bowl, I usually start with 2 eggs for just me, then add a little milk, give the mixture a good whisk with a fork, make sure you break up the eggs and add a little seasoning, I like just salt, but add pepper if you like.
Put the frying pan on the heat, add a little vegetable oil and bring it up to a medium heat.
Then dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture, make sure it is covered on both sides and then lay the slice in the frying pan, you want to make sure the egg starts to fry when it goes into the pan, you don’t want the bread to just sit in the oil as it will soak up some of the oil, making your bread soggy…..
Allow the bread to cook for a couple of minutes and flip over the slices, you are looking for a nice colour on each side of the eggy bread.
Remove the cooked bread to a plate and continue with all of the bread and egg mixture.
I often have a little egg mixture left, not enough to cover another slice, and it would be a shame to through it away, so when all my bread is cooked I just pour the left over mixture into the frying pan and cook a very thin omelet, mmm a nice little addition to the plate.
There are a few different ways to enjoy ‘French toast’ we always enjoyed it with a little salt added just as you are eating each slice. Others eat it with something sweet, maybe some syrup or honey, its all down to your taste, so experiment. I prefer salt.
Dig in, and enjoy…..