These soft and fluffy french toasts spiced with cinnamon are perfect for breakfast. They’re quick, easy and you have the ingredients in your kitchen already! So get started and make these!
Guess what? I’ve just found out that I had been french toast wrong my entire life! For me it was all about dunking a piece of bread in whisked egg and frying it on the pan. Well if you’re making a savory version, this technique isn’t too bad but for the sweet ones..don’t even try it! I had this idea of trying my hand at sweet french toasts last week, I made some the old way and dunked them in caster sugar and cinnamon – worst thing I’ve tasted – it was way too eggy and the sugar on top made it worse!
After a quick Google search I realized that one needs to form a custard using milk, cream and eggs, and use this mixture for dunking the bread. I tried it and voila..I made the best tasting, not at all eggy, sweet and fluffy french toasts. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon powder which made them taste even better!
I didn’t make these the typical way and tweaked the recipe a bit. A lot of American recipes call for half-and-half which is basically lighter than single cream but has more fat content than whole milk, it’s not available in India, so I just used whole milk and added 2 tablespoons of cream to it. The best part about this recipe is that you do not need to go the market to shop for the ingredients, they’re lying in the kitchen right now! All we need is milk, cream (you can use Amul cream which is readily available), eggs, cinnamon powder, and some bread.
The only thing you need to be careful of is the bread you use. Do not use fresh bread which is really soft and therefore, will break if soaked in the mixture. You need bread that is at least a couple of days old and is slightly dry. That way it’ll absorb the liquid quite well without breaking.
So if you’ve been looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe, you’ve come to the right place! Try these dangerously easy toasts and serve them warm with berries and honey! Valentine’s day is not even a month away so how about serving some of these in bed to your beloved? 😉
RECIPE: Cinnamon French Toast
Serves: 2 Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Cooking Time: 2-3 minutes
- Bread slices, 4-5 (preferably 2-3 days old)*
- Full Fat Milk/Whole Milk, 1/3 cup or 80 ml
- Single cream, 2 tablespoons (Amul brand works fine)
- Egg, 1 (at room temp.)
- Cinnamon Powder, 1 teaspoon
- Caster Sugar, 2 tablespoons
- Butter, for frying
*Read why you need to use stale/2-3 days old bread above. To make it healthier, use multigrain or wholewheat bread. For mini versions use french baguettes.
In a bowl whisk together all the ingredients, except bread and butter, for about 2 minutes. Keep this custard aside to be used later.
Heat a pan and melt half tablespoon of butter on it on medium heat.
Once the butter has melted, take a bread slice and soak it in the custard for 5 seconds. Flip the side and soak the other side too for 5 seconds. (The soaking time depends on the thickness and freshness of the slice, mine were relatively thin but if you’re using thicker bread soak it longer until the liquid seeps in. Also, my bread was 2 days old therefore was slightly dry but if you’re using fresh bread give it a really quick soak , say about a second on each side or your bread will break on lifting.)
Quickly transfer the soaked bread to the heated pan and cook each side for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat until each side is nice and golden.
Dust some icing sugar on top and serve warm with fresh berries and honey or maple syrup for breakfast.
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