French Toast

November 6, 2010

Following my French Class, I have been rather studious and have practiced my French a little more…with French Toast, Oui oui! A quick Wikipedia search informs me that this dish, as you may suspect, is not from France. Rather perhaps originating in Spain, and especially popular in North America. A tiny, insignificant detail. In my heart, I still count this as credit towards my French Class hours.

I had not made this breakfast in so long, so when Ben requested it this morning I praised his genius, or “génie”, and ran into the kitchen. Yes, I actually ran. French toast will do that to you. Especially if made with blueberries and grilled banana.

French Toast for Two

Ingredients

4 slices bread (I used Helga’s wholemeal toast, as I have that in the freezer. Brioche will make this tres indulgent. I prefer to make French Toast with a healthier slice)
2 eggs
~1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter
(I use light dairy spread, it has the butter taste but without all the saturated fat or kilojoules)
1 banana
Blueberries
Pure Maple Syrup
Cinnamon

Method

Preheat the oven to 160 Degrees Celsius.

Lightly whisk the 2 eggs in a bowl. Add in the milk and vanilla and whisk to combine.

Slice the banana in half, length ways.

Heat a non-stick pan (a crepe pan, if you have one) over low-medium heat. I had two pans going at the same time to reduce cooking time. Have an extra pan for the banana. Add a dollop of butter to each pan and allow to melt. Dip the bread into the egg mixture, coating both sides evenly and shaking off any excess liquid. Place the bread slice on the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. In the mean time, add the banana to the pan and allow it to turn golden. Remove the banana when it is caramelised to your liking. Once the bread is cooked, place it on an ovenproof plate, cover with foil and put in the oven to keep warm. Continue to cook your bread (adding another dollop of butter to the pan each time and putting the bread on the oven plate when cooked) until all the slices are done. Remove the bread from the oven.

To serve, top 2 slices of the bread with the banana, blueberries, maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Some natural or thick greek yoghurt would go nicely on the side.
Voila!

Heidi xo

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  • Hannah November 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Y'know, I've never been into bananas… unless they're caramelised. Or in banana bread. This looks insanely fabulous, and makes me feel silly for not having had french toast in years. Love the glossy blueberries too!

  • Hannah November 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Wow, this looks amazing!! puts my pikelets to shame!
    definitely trying these sometime soon 🙂

  • littleaspects November 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Mmm, looks great – you always have the best breakfasts!!

    Thanks for the sardine links – the SBS food safari one looks delicious!

  • My Restaurants Melbourne November 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    These look great, I loved your idea of making them a bit more healthy.

  • KittyCate November 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Mmmm looks fantastic, you've inspired me to make some for breakfast tomorrow! Wonder what sourdough french toast would taste like… xx

  • Heidi November 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Hannah – I love bananas! Caramelising them does make them extra amazing though.

    Hannah – pikelets are the best 🙂

    littleaspects -Thank you! I'm glad you like the SBS link. I can't wait to make them!

    My Restaurants Melbourne – I like how making it healthy avoids the 'urgh' feeling 🙂

    Cate – I think sourdough french toast would be lovely! Especially with bananas. mmmm. Happy French Toast-ing 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Rolf November 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    mmm…I know what I'm making for breakfast tomorrow!

  • laurak November 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    oh yum, I love love french toast, I found a heap of recipes that make it using wraps instead of bread..you've inspired me to test some of them out in my sandwhich press!
    grilled banana is amazing, I much prefer it to fresh banana, and anything with maple syrup is a winner!
    Laura 🙂
    ps I went through a phase a few years ago of having promite (which is like vegemite) on everything, including french toast…but nowdays I think sweet over savoury toppings are infinitely better!

  • Reghan November 7, 2010 at 2:02 am

    My husband is the cook between the two of us, but I am absolutely fascinated by the process of cooking. (See, I love the end result so much that I drive myself nuts waiting to eat it.) Finding your blog means that I, of all people, may actually be able to cook something worth eating! 🙂

  • Heidi November 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Rolf -Hi! I'm glad you have felt French Toast inspired 🙂

    Laurak – promite on French Toast? Interesting! I must try before I judge 😛 and wrap recipes, I've never seen them but am keen to look them up now!

    Reghan – That is so sweet! I hope you find something you can cook on my blog too! I think it is all about starting off with something that seems easy and achievable to you 🙂 everyone finds certain things difficult.

    Heidi xo

  • Jennifer November 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    This looks so delicious. I love French toast.

  • The InTolerant Chef November 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I love french toast with maple syrup and bananas too. I think the addition of blueberries is inspired! Yumm…

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 8, 2010 at 8:11 am

    What a timely post indeed! I woke up this morning with the HUGEST craving for French toast and …voila – here is your amazing recipe!

  • Heidi November 8, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Jennifer – thank you! Me too 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – The blueberries were lovely. Although whenever I picked one up on my fork, purple juice would squirt everywhere! 🙂

    Lisa – Perfect timing, happy cooking and eating!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston November 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Oh yesssss! Your so right… french toast will do that to you for sure 😉

  • hollypop November 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    heidi..yum! this is exactly what i would be eating.
    good use of healthy villi here. looks divine.

  • Michelle Chin November 8, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I made "fake" french toast the other day. Hehe. Will write about it soon. 🙂

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 10, 2010 at 4:29 am

    You make me crave french toast so bad, I need to make this at weekdn 🙂

  • Heidi November 11, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Anna – it will, it is very powerful 😉

    Hollypop – thank you! You always make me simultaneously laugh at your witty comments about my healthy villi and at the same time feel for you, wishing that you could eat gluten too!!

    Michelle – oooh please do! I'm intrigued…

    Anne – hopefully you can satisfy your craving this weekend 🙂

    Heidi xo

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