Saturday, 7 April 2018

French Toast

MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON - APRIL 2018

#87TH BLOGGING MARATHON

THEME - EXPLORE THE FLAVORS - INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST
DAY 6

"Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper"


   Do you ever get the feeling that in spite of all the planning, organizing and doing tasks on time, some things are never in your control? I've had some of the recipes for this Mega Blogging Marathon ready, some are not. The ones that are ready, are in the draft but need to be done up properly before posting. Some are still in my ever so messy book where I jot the recipe down, jot down the measurements and the amendments. Last night finally after all the house chores and other jobs got down to posting my recipe for Day 5. After adding the final touches to the post and just as I want it to go live, it wouldn't work! My computer kept on showing me that I've got internet connection, but nothing would 'move' at all. The rainbow circle just kept on going round and round. Switched off the mains of the router switched it on again, no change. No change. The router is really hot. I try to fan it a bit.... come on any desperate action to get Wifi.  Something was wrong with the internet provider and we didn't get connection till mid morning. So the moral of the story is we can be as prepared as we want, but the outcome can be what is meant to be and that you have no control of. Life is like that, we prepare for everything to the best of our ability but the outcome will be as its destined to be. I remember when it came to the time my kids were supposed to join university, hubby was trying so desperately to have them in one place. However, each of them had an idea where they wanted to go and the University you go to largely depends on the choice of career you want to pursue. One went to Switzerland, the other to Canada and the third one chose India. Talk about having them in one place, they weren't even in the same continent! That's how it is right now From Canada to Bali and in between!

   French toast is not French. It's not what the French have for breakfast. However the French name for this dish is pain perdu, meaning lost bread. Its more of a snack than a breakfast in France. According to Wikipedia, it was widely known in medieval Europe under different names like suppe dorate, payn purdyeu, soupys yn dorye etc. Soup referring to the bread soaked in liquid.

   The first time I ever had a proper French Toast was during my first visit to Montreal.Its a very popular breakfast/brunch dish. Till then the French Toast I knew was the one most Indian households make, adding masala and coriander to the whisked egg - the savory type. I do love my savory one.. something my daughter and I use to have every Sunday when I was with her in Bangalore. I was so impressed with the way the French Toast was served in the cafe we went to in Montreal. With loads of maple syrup and fresh fruit. The non vegetarian version is served with meat of your choice and eggs. After that I've had some coated with nuts, with chocolate sauce and apple pie flavored French toast in all different cafes in Montreal.

   The first modern French Toast as we know it today is from Montreal CANADA.
Some of the best breads to use for French toast are brioche, challah and French baguette. A sourdough bread too works well. The bread must be a day old and not fresh. To get a nice custard like mixture you can use fresh cream or half and half instead of milk.







FRENCH TOAST 
Makes 4

4 slices of good stale bread each must be at least ½" thick
1 large egg
¼ cup milk or cream
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
a generous pinch of salt
2 tbsp butter

To serve:

some maple syrup or honey, butter, fruit, chocolate sauce


  1. For a nice non soggy crunchy French toast, dry the slices in an oven at 180°C for 10 minutes, turning the bread after 5 minutes. 
  2. Whisk milk, egg, plain flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon powder together.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into a large bowl or tray.
  4. Heat the pan over medium heat.
  5. Add a some butter. Wait till it melts.
  6. Dip the bread in the egg mixture. Wait for 15-20 seconds. Turn it over. Wait for another 10 seconds.
  7. Remove from the egg mixture and put it into the hot pan.
  8. Let it cook till it becomes golden brown.
  9. Flip it over and cook the other side.
  10. Repeat steps 6 - 9 with the remaining slices.
  11. Serve hot French toast with maple syrup or honey, a knob of butter and fresh fruit.
Tips:
  1. Remember to dry the bread in the oven before using it.
  2. Don't soak the bread for too long in the egg mixture otherwise it will be all soggy.
  3. Add vanilla extract, spices etc of your choice for flavoring.
  4. To make a stuffed French toast, take a 1" thick brad slice. Cut it halfway through from the top crust down. Stuff with  bacon, ham, apples, cheese, etc. Dip in the egg liquid and fry like normal French toast. 


A-Z breakfast Dishes:

A - Apple Aebleskiver - Denmark
B - Baghrir - Morocco
C - Changua - Colombia
D - Dutch Baby Pancakes - Germany/USA
E - English Breakfast - England

Check out what other Mega Blogging Marathoners have made for Day 6:


   
Sending this recipe to the following event:



14 comments:

  1. Omg the french toast looks fabulous mayuri !! the blueberry compote on the french toast looks divine and what a perfect combo .. I am in awww on how well you write and connect, I have made eggless version of french toast I would love to try it cream as you said.. Talk to me about it mayuri it is so true how much ever you plan sometimes it is not in our hand , I have done mega marathon thrice 2 times I had to leave the marathon half way once bcoz of laptop issue and other time bcoz of moving to India though my post all were ready I was unable to post that is fate. I am always scared of not completing..I can totally understand we can never be sure of the internet , it is so nice to see that after so many hurdles you were able to post it :) Cheer up and you are rocking !!

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  2. Give me that plate, i can finish that whole plate in no time. Such a beautiful and super filling breakfast, am drooling over that plate.

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  3. I love French toast and your clicks are tempting to make some right away. Love that fruit topping, makes the breakfast extra special.
    I know how frustrating it is when things don’t go as per plan. Hopefully your internet woes are short lived and things are better now.

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  4. The platter looks so vibrant with all the fruit toppings. I agree with your thoughts on the philosophy of life and the various twists and turns it takes.

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  5. Beautifully presented fresh toast .Such a classic breakfast even i will be posting this next week!!

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  6. The French toast looks very attractive..one of those loaded kinds. the color contrasts are really making it visually very attractive...and yes I do agree whatever is destined will happen, but at the same time our efforts are important. Right ?

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  7. I love how inviting that french toast looks with all those fruits and extras, surely eating like a King this is!..awesome choice!

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  8. Awesome presentation. The toast with all those fruits look divine. And so true about life. It is always unpredictable. I have often faced this kind of situations mostly while doing mega marathon. I have even skipped one or two because of some issues even though I had my recipes ready. That is life..

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  9. French Toast looks awesome with those blueberry on the top. Really love reading your intro and you're absolutely right !!!

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  10. I never digged deep into the naming reason behind French toast. Thanks for the share. The platter looks so colorful and very inviting. I hope the system is all ok... life always throws challenges.

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  11. My boys ate breakfast for lunch at a local restaurant yesterday and they had French Toast and loved it. I was thinking of making ti for them at home and now I have the perfect recipe to try. I am bookmarking your recipe to make it for the boys!

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  12. Agreed Mayuri, what is meant to happen will happen no matter how hard we try to make it happen otherwise!! Your french toast looks absolutely stunning with that blueberry compote and I wish I could taste it! Superb share!

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  13. Wow the french toast looks just amazing and must have tasted delicious with thoose fruits topping. I too lways thought why they are called French toast when the dish is not French now you made it clear.

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  14. that is an awesome toast!! beautiful color and love how you have served with fresh fruits!!! Looks hearty!

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Saturday, 7 April 2018

French Toast

MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON - APRIL 2018

#87TH BLOGGING MARATHON

THEME - EXPLORE THE FLAVORS - INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST
DAY 6

"Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper"


   Do you ever get the feeling that in spite of all the planning, organizing and doing tasks on time, some things are never in your control? I've had some of the recipes for this Mega Blogging Marathon ready, some are not. The ones that are ready, are in the draft but need to be done up properly before posting. Some are still in my ever so messy book where I jot the recipe down, jot down the measurements and the amendments. Last night finally after all the house chores and other jobs got down to posting my recipe for Day 5. After adding the final touches to the post and just as I want it to go live, it wouldn't work! My computer kept on showing me that I've got internet connection, but nothing would 'move' at all. The rainbow circle just kept on going round and round. Switched off the mains of the router switched it on again, no change. No change. The router is really hot. I try to fan it a bit.... come on any desperate action to get Wifi.  Something was wrong with the internet provider and we didn't get connection till mid morning. So the moral of the story is we can be as prepared as we want, but the outcome can be what is meant to be and that you have no control of. Life is like that, we prepare for everything to the best of our ability but the outcome will be as its destined to be. I remember when it came to the time my kids were supposed to join university, hubby was trying so desperately to have them in one place. However, each of them had an idea where they wanted to go and the University you go to largely depends on the choice of career you want to pursue. One went to Switzerland, the other to Canada and the third one chose India. Talk about having them in one place, they weren't even in the same continent! That's how it is right now From Canada to Bali and in between!

   French toast is not French. It's not what the French have for breakfast. However the French name for this dish is pain perdu, meaning lost bread. Its more of a snack than a breakfast in France. According to Wikipedia, it was widely known in medieval Europe under different names like suppe dorate, payn purdyeu, soupys yn dorye etc. Soup referring to the bread soaked in liquid.

   The first time I ever had a proper French Toast was during my first visit to Montreal.Its a very popular breakfast/brunch dish. Till then the French Toast I knew was the one most Indian households make, adding masala and coriander to the whisked egg - the savory type. I do love my savory one.. something my daughter and I use to have every Sunday when I was with her in Bangalore. I was so impressed with the way the French Toast was served in the cafe we went to in Montreal. With loads of maple syrup and fresh fruit. The non vegetarian version is served with meat of your choice and eggs. After that I've had some coated with nuts, with chocolate sauce and apple pie flavored French toast in all different cafes in Montreal.

   The first modern French Toast as we know it today is from Montreal CANADA.
Some of the best breads to use for French toast are brioche, challah and French baguette. A sourdough bread too works well. The bread must be a day old and not fresh. To get a nice custard like mixture you can use fresh cream or half and half instead of milk.







FRENCH TOAST 
Makes 4

4 slices of good stale bread each must be at least ½" thick
1 large egg
¼ cup milk or cream
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
a generous pinch of salt
2 tbsp butter

To serve:

some maple syrup or honey, butter, fruit, chocolate sauce


  1. For a nice non soggy crunchy French toast, dry the slices in an oven at 180°C for 10 minutes, turning the bread after 5 minutes. 
  2. Whisk milk, egg, plain flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon powder together.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into a large bowl or tray.
  4. Heat the pan over medium heat.
  5. Add a some butter. Wait till it melts.
  6. Dip the bread in the egg mixture. Wait for 15-20 seconds. Turn it over. Wait for another 10 seconds.
  7. Remove from the egg mixture and put it into the hot pan.
  8. Let it cook till it becomes golden brown.
  9. Flip it over and cook the other side.
  10. Repeat steps 6 - 9 with the remaining slices.
  11. Serve hot French toast with maple syrup or honey, a knob of butter and fresh fruit.
Tips:
  1. Remember to dry the bread in the oven before using it.
  2. Don't soak the bread for too long in the egg mixture otherwise it will be all soggy.
  3. Add vanilla extract, spices etc of your choice for flavoring.
  4. To make a stuffed French toast, take a 1" thick brad slice. Cut it halfway through from the top crust down. Stuff with  bacon, ham, apples, cheese, etc. Dip in the egg liquid and fry like normal French toast. 


A-Z breakfast Dishes:

A - Apple Aebleskiver - Denmark
B - Baghrir - Morocco
C - Changua - Colombia
D - Dutch Baby Pancakes - Germany/USA
E - English Breakfast - England

Check out what other Mega Blogging Marathoners have made for Day 6:


   
Sending this recipe to the following event:



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14 comments:

  1. Omg the french toast looks fabulous mayuri !! the blueberry compote on the french toast looks divine and what a perfect combo .. I am in awww on how well you write and connect, I have made eggless version of french toast I would love to try it cream as you said.. Talk to me about it mayuri it is so true how much ever you plan sometimes it is not in our hand , I have done mega marathon thrice 2 times I had to leave the marathon half way once bcoz of laptop issue and other time bcoz of moving to India though my post all were ready I was unable to post that is fate. I am always scared of not completing..I can totally understand we can never be sure of the internet , it is so nice to see that after so many hurdles you were able to post it :) Cheer up and you are rocking !!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Give me that plate, i can finish that whole plate in no time. Such a beautiful and super filling breakfast, am drooling over that plate.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love French toast and your clicks are tempting to make some right away. Love that fruit topping, makes the breakfast extra special.
    I know how frustrating it is when things don’t go as per plan. Hopefully your internet woes are short lived and things are better now.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The platter looks so vibrant with all the fruit toppings. I agree with your thoughts on the philosophy of life and the various twists and turns it takes.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautifully presented fresh toast .Such a classic breakfast even i will be posting this next week!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. The French toast looks very attractive..one of those loaded kinds. the color contrasts are really making it visually very attractive...and yes I do agree whatever is destined will happen, but at the same time our efforts are important. Right ?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love how inviting that french toast looks with all those fruits and extras, surely eating like a King this is!..awesome choice!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Awesome presentation. The toast with all those fruits look divine. And so true about life. It is always unpredictable. I have often faced this kind of situations mostly while doing mega marathon. I have even skipped one or two because of some issues even though I had my recipes ready. That is life..

    ReplyDelete
  9. French Toast looks awesome with those blueberry on the top. Really love reading your intro and you're absolutely right !!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I never digged deep into the naming reason behind French toast. Thanks for the share. The platter looks so colorful and very inviting. I hope the system is all ok... life always throws challenges.

    ReplyDelete
  11. My boys ate breakfast for lunch at a local restaurant yesterday and they had French Toast and loved it. I was thinking of making ti for them at home and now I have the perfect recipe to try. I am bookmarking your recipe to make it for the boys!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Agreed Mayuri, what is meant to happen will happen no matter how hard we try to make it happen otherwise!! Your french toast looks absolutely stunning with that blueberry compote and I wish I could taste it! Superb share!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow the french toast looks just amazing and must have tasted delicious with thoose fruits topping. I too lways thought why they are called French toast when the dish is not French now you made it clear.

    ReplyDelete
  14. that is an awesome toast!! beautiful color and love how you have served with fresh fruits!!! Looks hearty!

    ReplyDelete

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