I love waking up to the smell of butter, eggs and bread cooking in the frying pan along with a good shot of ground cinnamon! Using whole grain bread to make French toast not only adds texture and a more nutty flavor, it will also sustain you longer than French toast made with white or whole wheat bread.
Preparation Time: About 2-5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-7 minutes
2 Pieces of Whole Grain Bread
Maple Syrup or Your Favorite Topping
10-12 Inch Frying Pan
1. Break the eggs onto a plate by cracking them on the plate edge and then pulling the shells apart.
2. Add a dash of salt, a shot of vanilla extract and a splash of milk.
3. Stir the ingredients vigorously with a fork until they are well mixed together.
4. Put the bread in the egg mixture, making sure to turn the bread pieces over to ensure that both sides soak evenly.
5. Put the frying pan on the stove and turn on the burner to MEDIUM heat.
6. Let the pan warm for at least a few minutes, and then check it for the proper cooking temperature by running cold tap water on your fingers and flicking the water onto the pan surface. The pan is warm enough to cook when the water evaporates with a sizzle.
NOTE: If the water sizzles and evaporates into steam as soon as it hits the pan, remove the pan from the heat for a few minutes to let it cool. Turn down the burner heat a few notches. Then heat and test the pan again. If the water doesn’t sizzle at all, keep warming the pan.
7. When the pan is warm enough to cook, add a 1/4 – 1/2 inch (6-12 mm) slab of butter to the pan as shown. Then…
8. Put the egg soaked bread into the hot pan, and cook for 2 minutes or more until the bottom side of the bread is lightly browned.
9. When the bottom side of the bread is lightly browned, use a spatula to turn the bread pieces over and cook again until the second side of the bread is lightly browned.
10. Use a spatula to slide the freshly cooked French toast from the pan onto a plate.
11. Top with a light dusting of ground cinnamon and/or sugar and…
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