I do love French toast. But, I don’t love all the sugar that comes along with a typical version. See, I’m just not really a fan of sugary breakfasts (and they’re really not good for anyone). It’s possible, though, to make a hearty, not-too-sweet version of French toast that’s actually healthy.
Typical French toast starts with white bread, often which contains corn syrup or soybean oil or other junky ingredients. Then, it’s doused in eggs, milk, and sugar, fried, and covered with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.
This version starts with whole wheat sourdough bread (which lends a tangy-sweet flavor to the finished dish), uses vanilla and cinnamon for a hint of natural sweetness, and finishes with just a small drizzle of maple syrup. It’s perfect. Although those used to the typical version might be surprised by it at first.
You can use milk for this dish, but I encourage you to use cream. It coats the bread so much better, and it makes such a rich, lovely finished dish. It’s so worth it.
Simple French Toast
- 4 – 6 slices sourdough bread (make your own)
- 2 eggs (preferably from pastured chickens)
- 1/2 c. grass-fed heavy cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 – 3 tbsp. butter
- Maple syrup for serving
Step 1: In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, cream, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Step 2: Dip the slices of bread into the egg mixture. If desired, slice into “sticks” about 1 – 1.5″ wide first.
Step 3: Melt some butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Step 4: Add the coated slices of bread to the frying pan, and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 – 4 minutes per side.
Step 5: Remove from the pan and serve with a small amount of maple syrup for dipping, or drizzle a little syrup over the top.
Serve immediately. If you like, don’t add the maple syrup, cool the slices, and then freeze them. They will reheat in the oven easily and will make a quick breakfast.