Wednesday, December 5, 2012


These days I have so little time to potter in the kitchen, I want to get maximum bang for a minimum time buck (I have a feeling I'm sounding a bit like Jamie Oliver here!!!).  This french toast gives me bang (well great taste really) by the bucketload - it's a Nigella recipe, from Express, and I can't understand why it has taken me so long to try it - I suppose it looked just a bit too easy to bother with.

It is hard to imagine how the addition of just one ingredient can transform an old regular - but man oh man, one teaspoon of vanilla paste (or extract) makes all the difference, this is a "special treat breakfast", a "cheer me up supper", a "I don't have the energy to make a proper meal, but still want to serve something healthy meal", and this time of the year, it really is the perfect "I am so tired of heavy meals and chocolates option".

I love to serve the toast with berries, fresh or frozen depending on budget and time of year, but I always serve it with Glenisk Greek Yogurt (and I should admit much more than I used in the photo, I thought I shouldn't look like too much of a piggie!!).  I know I've mentioned this product before (and I'm not on their payroll) but it is so worth a try - it is thick, creamy and utterly delicious.

French Toast To Be Proud Of

2          eggs
2 tbsp   whole milk
2           slices of bread, it's best to use thickly sliced bread which is slightly stale
2 tsp      vanilla paste (I love this stuff, but 4 tsp vanilla extract would be excellent too)
1 tbsp    caster sugar
              butter and oil for frying

Beat the eggs with the vanilla.
Soak the bread in the egg mixture, allow to absorb it all.
Heat a knob of butter with some flavourless oil.
Fry until golden.
Sprinkle with the sugar (Nigella dredges the toast in sugar at this stage, but that would be too sweet for me)

The perfect treat for two people.



little macaroon. said...

Bugger the diet, tomorrow's post-school tea is sorted!

thecelticcookinshanghai said...

French toast was something I learned to enjoy as a breakfast when living in the States. There it would be served with the fruit, but also piles of whipped cream, I would pass on that! Then it would be covered in icing sugar. Think I may revive it, cream and sugarless. Thanks for the reminder.

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Manu said...

Yummy recipe!

Jo said...

This looks so good! I can't remember the last time I had french toast. Will definitely add vanilla next time I make some.

Stephen C said...

And I was thinking French toast was, "A votre sante."

Gloria Baker said...

Delicious ! dear Im sooo happy you are posting again, :))

Phil in the Kitchen said...

Definitely a great treat for breakfast. Just lovely. Don't worry, you don't sound too much like Mr Oliver - you didn't say 'full whack' or 'literally' enough for that.

Unknown said...

easy but special... that's what they say about me... so good to see you back here... and with such a delicious and very tempting recipe... the picture is divine!... xx

Choclette said...

Ooh eggy bread, I haven't had that for years AND I have never had it with vanilla - fabulous addition. Always good to hear from you :)

Ana Regalado said...

Hey , how are you ?! Good to see you back here :) .... To tell your the truth ? I've yet to make a french toast :P :D I like this easy recipe , will try to make this sometime ! Love the added fruits :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

How delicious looking! This is my type of meal! Hearty, delicious, fresh and simple! Nice to see you in blogland!

Have a lovely weekend!

Chele said...

Yum. Yum. YUM! Beautiful looking french toast and my mouth is watering!

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a GREAT breakfast to wake up to!

Zoe said...

I'll very happy eating this :D

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Wouldn't this be delicious Christmas morning. I also use Greek yogurt a lot. It is so rich and thick. Gorgeous photo.