French Toast: How to make white bread exciting again.

As I’ve mentioned before, Husband and I work at a food pantry. We were leaving the other week and the leader of the pantry, L, came up to us and said “We defrosted these loaves of bread, can you take them? We don’t want them to go to waste!” I dislike food waste, but I also don’t eat a lot of plain, white sandwich bread. We took it home, but I worried we’d let it languish without consuming it ourselves.

On Saturday, though,ย  I decided to whip up one of my breakfast favorites that I rarely make when there’s no bread in the house. I mixed about a cup of whole milk, three eggs, two tablespoons of brown sugar, and a dash of vanilla and cinnamon with a whisk, then dipped slices of bread into the mix and fried them on a griddle with butter on it. I left the first pieces soaking too long, so they fell apart, but after that, I dipped slices in quickly and fried them, adding extra cinnamon if one side looked particularly sparse. Whereas Egg in a Basket is savory, this was a tasty, sweet twist.

Husband prefers his french toast with honey and I preferred mine with butter and jam. We made about half a loaf of bread’s worth, and the leftovers kept in the fridge and were nice to reheat and eat the following morning.

I remember that there was a little hippie restaurant near where I went to college that, for special occasions, would be where my friends and I would get breakfast. Their best dish, in my opinion, was french toast layered with sweetened cream cheese and strawberry preserves, usually served with a side of home fries just to vary up the textures and flavors. It makes you feel well-fed to eat something with such heart, but still full of sweetness. I might be able to use up those extra loaves of bread yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

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17 comments on “French Toast: How to make white bread exciting again.

  1. maestrosane says:

    Oh yes. Miss some French Toast

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  2. A great way to use old bread! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. thank you so much for the inspiration! this was the first on my feed and I instantly made breakfast – it became a fun, quick, romantic fix.

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  4. Ladybuggz says:

    I just had this for our dinner when it was so hot out and I really didn’t have any idea what to make for supper, and it’s so quick (I make my own bread). I love mine with homemade Blackberry Jam! I skip the added sugar and use rice milk instead of the Milk, works just as great!!Yum!!

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  5. I love it for lunch now and then, if we happen to have some sliced bread in the house. French Toast is the taste of childhood, like have a soft-boiled egg and toast soldiers. Nostalgia *and* convenience on a plate.

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  6. I love to make french toast stuffed with raspberry jam and cream cheese, then topped with confectioners sugar. Thank you for reminding me about this lovely treat.

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  7. amusingword says:

    I love making it with my own homemade bread which is much sturdier than store bought. Then someone told me about using ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD for French Toast.. Doesn’t that sound good?

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  8. jaja valdes says:

    I love french toasts best with butter. I might have to add some cinnamon, too!

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  9. Always a winner! Yum!

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  10. Shannon G. says:

    We still love french toast. Butter and maple syrup, or jam. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how you’ve tied your recipes in with stories. Food is really a window into our worlds.

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  11. Peabea says:

    Great reminder, your post. I’d forgotten how much I really like French Toast, but I have not made it in forever. It was a favorite my mom made us kids, but I’ve rarely made it since my kids, who are all now grown, did not like it. They loved pancakes though.

    Thanks for visiting and the follow on my blog. Will follow you back. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, prayers for quick healing and feeling much better soon.

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  12. trkingmomoe says:

    Yumm… I will try your recipe.

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  13. Frost says:

    French toast is so nice ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Thanks for following my blog!

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  14. Thank you for this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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