Ah, French toast. A lovely breakfast favorite that is neither French nor toast. This delicious all-day favorite actually became popular in Rome. In the original Roman recipe, bread was first soaked in milk (and occasionally egg), and then fried in butter.
While French toast is most often thought of as a breakfast favorite, today you can find savory and ultra-sweet dessert recipes as well. Some of these can get quite complicated. But what about when you’re just home from Frenchman Street early on a Saturday morning, and you’re famished? No worries – we’ve pulled together some quick and easy recipes that will satisfy that French toast craving.
This recipe features a crusty baguette that’s a day or two old. Cut the crusty bread into inch-thick slices and soak them in a mixture of milk, half-and-half, and egg. Add a dash of cinnamon, and fry the pieces in butter until they’re browned on both sides. You can make things easier by flipping them with tongs, rather than a spatula. Top with maple syrup and a dash of powdered sugar.
This savory French toast is crispy, with a peppery kick. Whether you’re looking for a recipe suitable for dinner, or you’re just not a fan of the ultra-sweet turn many French toast recipes have taken these days, this one is sure to satisfy. In addition to the traditional egg custard, this savory iteration adds green onion, cilantro, and Sriracha.
It wouldn’t be New Orleans without a bit of alcohol. This recipe doesn’t disappoint; adding a few tablespoons of your favorite rum to a fairly standard French toast. Unlike some of the other recipes on this list, this version is a little sweeter, with the addition of a little sugar to the custard. Top with some syrup and fruit for breakfast, or a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
#4 – Sweet & Savory French Toast
This is essentially two recipes in one. It combines traditional, lightly sweet French toast and serves it alongside a more savory version. Great for when you have company over and you need to offer a bit of variety. Still quick and simple – perfect for any time of day.
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