Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Breakfast for Dinner: Easy French Toast

LLG loves french toast sticks.  I make them from scratch because my arteries hardened just reading the nutritional information off the box at the grocery store.  The recipe below has the healthy substitutions in parenthesis.  The pictures are of the healthy version, which is how I make them for the munchkins.

As with 95% of my recipes, they are easy and quick enough for me to make for LLG's lunch (as I did today).   And while I watched LLG feast on his delectable french toast sticks (he prefers them as sticks), I decided to share this as a "Breakfast for Dinner" recipe.  Thursdays used to be our night for pancakes, eggs and sausage.  By Thursday the groceries were always running low.  But with the end of the school year last June came the end of any type of schedule.  Now its time to get back on the horse.  Hence, my recipe for french toast.

No need for cereal, fast food or pizza....this recipe takes only 5 minutes to prepare and 5 minutes to cook.  As if easy and delicious wasn't enough, your house will smell like a bakery on Saturday morning. 

This recipe yields 3 pieces of french toast, which is all I need when making them for LLG.  Of course that won't cut it for dinner, you'll need to double or triple the recipe.  Hubby would for sure give me the hairy eyeball if I served him 1/2 slice of french toast for dinner.  The munchkins would too.

Easy French Toast

2 large eggs (1 egg, 2 egg whites)
Splash Whole Milk, about 1/4 cup (1% milk)
2 drops vanilla extract
Sprinkle cinnamon
3 Slices Bread** (whole wheat)
Oil as desired to cook (canola)
Powdered Sugar

**To really wow a crowd use Texas Toast Bread, Challah Bread or Cinnamon Raisin Bread**

When serving for dinner, add fresh strawberries and eggs, sausage or bacon.

Heat pan on medium to low heat, add oil.

Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in shallow bowl.

Whip with fork until well combined.

Place bread in egg mixture, flip, and let it soak.  Think of the bread like a sponge, let it sit and really absorb mixture.  Nothing worse than egg coated bread being passed off as french toast.

Lift bread gently with fork or spatula.  Bread will fall apart easily, handle with care.  Hold over bowl and let extra mixture drip down.  Place bread in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Listen carefully.  *Sizzle*.  Ah, heaven. 

Cook until bread is golden and edges are lightly browned, flip.  Fry 3-4 minutes. While frying, take in the aroma.  Fry baby fry....

Make certain bread cooks through.  You may need to cover and cook an extra minute.  Bread will plump up when done.

Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar, and for hungry munchkins, slice into sticks.  If you really want to get crafty, make a french toast stick tower Jenga Style.  I wasn't too crafty this afternoon.

Serve to awaiting hungry munchkin.  Pray he leaves just a little for you to enjoy...since every mom knows table scrap calories don't count....

Booyah!  Scraps!  Come to Mama!

Share a comment if you try this recipe, and let me know how you like it!

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