I’ve read more complicated recipes for French toast – this one takes minutes. As I’m always likely to have eggs, milk, bread and butter in the house, this is my standard fall-back for a quick meal, to the extent that I sometimes serve it for tea with crispy bacon or pancetta. Yes, icing sugar and maple syrup are essential condiments (say the kids). And yes, this picture would have looked a lot nicer if I’d used a bloomer or some other white crusty bread – but in our house, plain old sandwich bread is how it is.
Makes enough for 4 servings.
- 3 medium-sized eggs
- 50ml to 75ml of milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Knob of butter
- Your bread of choice (white tends to be better)
- Whisk the eggs in a wide, rectangular bowl that is large enough to lay one slice of bread in it.
- Add the milk and vanilla essence and give a good stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Melt your butter in a frying pan on high heat.
- When sizzling slightly, dip your bread in the egg mixture, turn over to the other side and dip again (don't do what I did the first time I made this and leave the bread to soak in the mixture - unless you like soggy!)
- Place the egg-dipped bread in the frying pan and sizzle for a couple of minutes until golden brown. Turn the bread over and fry the other side.
- Serve with icing sugar, maple syrup, berries and crispy bacon.