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Double-Dipped French Toast

Date: July 1, 2012

There are so many types of food I haven’t yet tried or have sampled much later than others, for instance the first time I had french toast, was in 2005 on a plane! It was one of the breakfast options the pilot had announced.

‘What’s French toast?’ I asked the English lady next to me

‘Bread soaked in beaten eggs and then it’s fried.’  Images of soggy bread didn’t sound appetising? But I was a teenager and liked to be daring, fortunately too because the French toast turned out to be much better than the bland fried sausages and eggs my sister chose. I wonder if it sets off alarm bells when a foodie actually likes the food in economy.  But if you’re reading this I just want to add that there’s no such thing as being late to try a particular food item. I’ve since had French toast numerous times and double dipping makes it fluffier plus more egg and cream adheres to it, like having seconds. I make it whenever bread is about to go stale, white, wholemeal, whatever just bung it in some eggs and milk and and you have a decadent dessert-breakfast or in my case, breakfast from a plane. Without further delay, here is a reliable recipe for twice dipped French toast adapted from taste.com

Serves : enough for one on a Sunday sleep-in, or any day if you’re speedy in the kitchen

Ingredients

Egg-mixture

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pouring cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pieces of day old bread (this soaks more of the egg than if it were fresh) sliced 2cm thick

the following ingredients are optional: but necessary if I say so myself

  • icing sugar to sift at the finish
  • ground cinnamon (enough to sprinkle)
  • fruit to accompany (I’m using rhubarb here)

Method

1. Combine eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, icing sugar in a large jug. Whisk with a fork until well combined. Pour mixture into a shallow dish.

eggy

2. Dip bread slices in egg-milk mixture until well soaked. Drain excess egg mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until bubbling. Add soaked bread. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until golden.

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3. Repeat step 2.

double dipping

twice fried

4. Place French toast on plates. Sift icing and sprinkle ground cinnamon. Top with fruit if using.

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