Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Secret to Crispy Moist French Toast

I eat French Toast for breakfast at least once or twice per week. I recently discovered the secret to making excellent, crispy French Toast that isn't burnt!


Yes, just add some flour to your liquid mixture.

I've found that the soft, perfectly square-shaped Japanese bread works quite well, whether sliced thick or thin. It requires a minimum of dishes (fork, bowl, and frying pan) and a minimum of ingredients for such a yummy thing. Here is a quick way to make a good, hot breakfast (or snack, or dessert) for yourself in 5 minutes, prep time AND cook time included:

smallish, shallow bowl/dish, about the size of 1 slice of bread
heavy skillet, about the size of a slice of bread or bigger

Necessary Ingredients:
1 egg
dash of flour (about 1-2 tablespoon)
large dash of milk or dairy creamer (about 1-2 tablespoon)
1 slice bread (I like Hawaiian Sweetbread best. Japanese bread is pretty good, too)
pat of butter (or other oil--but butter is the best!)

Bettering Ingredients (I always use them all):
dash of vanilla extract
2 shakes red chili powder
3 shakes salt
4 shakes cinnamon and nutmeg or to taste
maple syrup/whipped cream/crushed nuts/jam/powdered sugar/other toppings of choice

  1. Beat together all ingredients except bread in a shallow, flat plate/bowl.
  2. Dredge bread in liquid. First put in slice and wiggle it around, poking holes in bread with fork. Flip bread and wiggle bowl, trying to saturate liquid completely into the bread. One slice, even a thin slice, should absorb all the liquid. Try wiggling the dish, wiggling the bread around with the fork, and poking holes in the slice to absorb it all.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in pan on medium-high heat. When hot, slide bread from dish to pan. Pour excess egg mixture on top of bread (there shouldn't be much). Sizzle until golden brown and crispy, approximately 2 minutes. Flip bread to other side with fork. Sizzle until golden brown and crispy. Serve with maple syrup.

  1. Crispy, chewy, fluffy, moist, and sweet!

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