When I made some French toasts for breakfast a few days ago and took so much pain taking photos, I did wonder what I was going to do with all the photos. I was sure I have more than one French toast entry in my blog but I took the photos just the same. I’m glad I did. I scanned my archives and it turned out that although I have three French toast recipes, I don’t have any entry with the basic recipe. What I do have are the cinnamon-flavored French toast and two rather fancy variations — the ones stuffed with cheese and ham and another which is a variation of the classic Monte Cristo sandwich. So, the following is as basic a French toast recipe as it can get. It is based on the recipe on the backside of the carton of Alaska sweetened condensed milk.
The following is good for about 4-5 slices of bread.
1. Whisk together one egg, 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk and 1/3 cup of water.
2. Dip both sides of the bread in the milk-egg mixture.
3. Fry in hot butter until golden brown, flipping the bread over to brown the underside.
And that’s it! Of course, if you want to be fussy about the presentation, there are a few other things that you can do. You can cut the crusts off the bread and cut each slice diagonally to form triangles like I did. Or, you can be more creative if you’re trying to please some hard-to-feed children. Nigella Lawson cuts the bread using a star-shaped cookie cutter. Prettier, right? And if you have cookie cutters with more interesting shapes… you get the idea. You can even make circles without a cookie cutter by using the rim of a drinking glass and twisting it into the bread. Or you can place the inverted glass on the bread and use a small knife to cut around it.
Oh, and don’t worry too much about the trimmings. They don’t have to go to waste. They’re great for making puddings. :)