Vegan French Toast
The history behind the French Toast
I don't often get to make breakfast foods because I have no time in the morning. I've never been a morning person, so you will never catch me getting up any earlier than I have to on school/work days. On the days that I don't have to go to school or work and I'm actually able to make breakfast; french toast is my favorite. I was never a fan of a hearty style breakfast. If I'm going to eat a breakfast food, it is going to be something that could satisfy my sweet tooth. (I'm about to toot my own horn here.) I have always been a master at making French toast. Most people can easily make decent French toast, however, mine is out of this world.
I always cooked for my family when I was younger, but I wouldn't cook for my friends very often. Once in a blue moon when I would spend the night at a friends house I would somehow end up making breakfast for everyone. One particular time sticks out to me the most, though. I was at my bbff's house, (nope I didn't spell that wrong). It was Saturday morning and the first day of spring break. We just had a huge sleepover with a bunch of her friends that I had met a few times before, most of us all went to different schools so I wasn't that close to them. I don't exactly remember how I ended up in the kitchen cooking French toast for 6-7 kids but somehow it happened.I love this memory because I didn't see those kids very often, but when I did, they would always remember me for my French toast. Lucky for them I can make some bomb AF French toast.
Yeah, I like pancakes and waffles as well, but nothing compares to the simply delicious French Toast. I love to lightly coat mine with powdered sugar and strawberry syrup. It's perfect for my morning munchies with all its sugary goodness. Plus I love easy and quick, who doesn't? I don't always have all the time in the world to spend in the kitchen, especially in the mornings. When I do find the time to make breakfast I want something that I can make pretty quick and has a really easy cleanup.
So when I went vegan, French toast was something I struggled with. I just couldn't get it right for awhile. So since I don't make breakfast that often I didn't get around to perfecting it right away. However, almost a year ago my parents got me this awesome cookbook The Vegan Stoner Cookbook. They have a ton of recipes made simple. One of those recipes being Vegan French Toast. I was babysitting one morning so I thought why not go ahead and try making French toast. This was the closest recipe I've had since going vegan. It took me a couple of tries but I found the key to making some delicious French toast.
Time To Get Baked
- Day old bread (works best with thicker bread)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup of Almond Milk
- 3-4 large Tbsps of powder sugar
- 2 Tbsps of Cinnamon
- Dash of Vanilla
- Vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
- In a medium bowl whisk together, Orange juice, Powder sugar, cinnamon, and Vanilla.
- Heat up a cast iron pan over medium/high heat and grease the bottom of the pan with some butter.
- While the pan is heating up, dip bread into orange juice mixture. (try not to let it get soggy.)
- Drop onto hot pan fry on each side for about 5 minutes.
** The key to this recipe is not to let your bread get soggy in the mixture, you want each side to get wet with the mixture but not soaked. This will be the key to holding the form together when frying on your cast iron.**