If ever there is the time to put the best breakfast dishes to the test, its the weekend. Behold my new favourite Sunday morning scoff. It is certainly the best of the brunch.
*Pun certainly intended.
Crunchy, eggy, sweet-cinnamon dusted French Toast. Thick cut bread, fried in salted butter and coated in the most deliciously crunchy spiced coconut sugar.
It is the sort of deliciousness that can cure all headaches, hangovers and heartbreaks. Bonus points, it is wheat free (I used spelt bread, which is an ancient grain related to wheat, but easier to digest) and also refined sugar free.
It is one of the easiest things to make and fastest things to cook. Essentially it is just a bit of mixing, dunking and frying. A ten minute job from start to sweet cinnamon sugar ending.
I kept is simple and served up this dish with just a simple slick of butter, but it is also great with the addition of toasted flaked almonds and fresh berries, or slithers of sliced banana. All work wonderfully with the sweet and spice, adding a nice freshness.
I ate this yesterday with the a super frothy Matcha Latte. A great coffee alternative made with antioxidant-packed green tea powder. My new favorite caffine-fix alternative. It gives you all the energy but without the dreaded, wired, coffee buzz. I certainly recommend trying it.
French Toast with Cinnamon Sugar Recipe
For this recipe I use spelt bread bought from my local deli, but you can use any preferred sort you like. Ditto the almond milk. Feel free to use any other milk or milk alternative. If you are using ordinary dairy, I will however urge you to buy organic with dairy, wherever possible. Dairy cows are often pumped with hormones and antibiotics and it is worth making the swap, if you can.
For the French Toast
- 4 sliced of bread, thick cut is best
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon salted butter, plus more to to serve
For the Cinnamon Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 40g coconut sugar, or granulated cane sugar
- a pinch of salt
In a wide, shallow dish place the egg, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Whisk the egg mixture then pour in the milk and whisk to incorporate fully.
Pre-heat a frying pan over a high heat on the stove.
Dip a slice of your bread into this batter. Allow it to soak up the mixture for 10 seconds then flip the bread over to coat the other side.
Add half a tablespoon of butter to the frying pan. Swirl to coat the bottom, then add the first two french toast slices to the pan. Cook over a high/medium heat for several minute until golden and lightly brown, then flip and cook on the other side. Add extra butter if needed.
Once cooked set the french bread aside. Repeat the process with the other two slices of bread.
Once the all french toast is cooked, dust each slice of bread liberally with the cinnamon sugar (on both sides) and spread over a little butter.
Enjoy hot, with any chosen toppings… if you have any other topping variations you recommend, do let me know.