Monday, August 4, 2008

Cinnamon French toast

Cinnamon French toast

I love breakfast food. In a perfect world, people should be able to eat pancakes, waffles, muffins and bread all through the day. :)

This was the first time I tried french toast, though. We do eat something really similar here in Brazil, called rabanada, but it’s usually prepared around Christmas time and it’s not a daily breakfast meal for us. It’s equally delicious: the bread is soaked in a mix of milk and sweetened condensed milk, fried and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

I had drained some yogurt and was looking for something good to use it with - Pea’s “refund” muffins crossed my mind, but the amount of yogurt was not enough. The answer was on this book.

I used plain sandwich bread (which was the only kind around the house that day) and it worked fine, even though they were not very thick. I just had to be careful when frying and flipping them over.

Cinnamon French toast

Cinnamon French toast
from Kitchen: The Best of the Best

4 thick slices white bread, crusts removed
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar – I used vanilla scented sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup (120ml) milk
butter, for frying
extra sugar, for sprinkling
175g plain yogurt, to serve
fresh seasonal fruit, to serve
100ml maple syrup, to serve – I used honey
toasted pecans, to serve

Cut each slice of bread in half to make rectangles. Beat the egg, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, then add the milk and combine well. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan – I used non-stick - over medium heat. Dip the bread into the milk mixture, covering both sides. Sprinkle one side of each piece of bread with sugar and gently fry, sugar-side down, for 3 minutes, or until the undersides are golden. Sprinkle the tops with a little sugar and flip over. Cook until golden. Serve with yogurt, fresh fruit, maple syrup/honey and sprinkle of pecans.

Serves 4

Cinnamon French toast


Helen said...

This looks so yummy! I've bookmarked it, must make. I love anything with cinnamon in.

Manggy said...

Don't worry about the thin sandwich bread-- it's pretty much our daily bread here too :) (unless I bake it myself-- no thanks :P) It still looks really delicious! Of course, maple syrup on mine! Or condensed milk if there's none ;)

Anonymous said...

Somehow cinnamon French toast made with vanilla sugar sounds soooo much better than regular, run-of-the-mill French toast.

For some reason I never make French toast but looking at this I realize I need to begin immediately!

yosunbuka said...

it s perfect! I love French toast very much..this strawberries seem very delighty...

Alexa said...

Your French toasts look great! I find it funny that they are called French toast since it seems most countries have a version of it. In France we call it Pain Perdu (lost bread)... Either way it is always so yummy. I love breakfast foods any time of any day. By the way, I use to live in Sao Paulo in the mid-eighties. I have some great memories from it. My Portuguese is very rusty though:-)

Veron said...

Looks gorgeous and so delectable. Love the color of those strawberries!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

a lovely breakfast - this is the kind of stuff i love breakfasts for. actually it's dinner time here and i would prefer this breakfast right now!

Veggie said...

Não conhece Spirit!!????!!!!!!!?? Tsc, tsc, vergonha.

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of breakfast I would love to wake up to...just beautiful!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

When I was a little girl, my father was the weekend breakfast maker in our family. One of his specialties was French toast, which he would cut into all sorts of funny shapes before dunking and cooking. On my birthday, he'd make all the letters of my name!

Anonymous said...

That looks great! I love French toast and I think cinnamon really adds that essential aromatic element-to help get everyone out of bed! ;)

Happee Monkee said...

hmmmm looks delicious. Yummy way to start the day!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I'm looking at my coffee and banana and looking at the picture above and thinking, "Hey!" ;)

krysta said...

i love french toast! i'm like you, i feel it should be eaten anytime you feel like it. i can't wait to try this out!

Peabody said...

Your french toast inspired me to have waffles and bacon tonight for dinner. I would have done french toast but we only had the hearty whole grain stuff and I don't like that for french toast.

LyB said...

Your pics look fabulous Patricia! I can't get over that light and your presentation, it's just incredible. What a great breakfast that must have been. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh man, I have such a weakness for french toast! Add some fresh berries on top of it, and you've got me salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs!

Christy said...

Oh...i wish i could have some of that right now...nothing beats a good french toast smothered with maple syrup and strawberries!! Your photos make me so hungry....oh and i agree that people (or me and you) should be able to eat all the sweet breakfast items throughout the day!!

Anonymous said...

yum! we love all sorts of breakfast breads. french toast, pancakes, waffles, you name it. this sounds really good. i have it bookmarked for the weekend, since that's the only time i actually get to "cook" breakfast.

Dee said...

Your photos are stunning.
Breakfast is slapdash five days a week, but I do make an effort come weekends. I love your simple additions that turn a classic into something just a little bit more special.

cindy* said...

i love french toast with cinnamon! and pecans. yum!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your french toast looks just perfect! We have french toast for dinner about once a month. That's my "oh no, I have no idea what to cook" dinner.

Deborah said...

There is nothing better than a plate of French toast! And yours looks just beautiful!

Emily said...

I love breakfast food too! It's amazing. And I love French toast.

Your pictures are so pretty.

Dragon said...

For me Christmas is not Christmas without rabanadas. They are so good. Your french toast looks amazing as well. I love the addition of berries.

Helene said...

Ha! I was just thinking about French toast for the middle of the week...just because on wednesday I can kick back in my pjs a bit...they looks awesome!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Yay! You're no longer a French toast virgin! ;)

Elle said...

French toast is such a treat for me-I don't make it very often. And I never add cinnamon. Why the heck not? It sounds like a wonderful addition!

Anonymous said...

Yum! And gorgeous photos, too!

Deeba PAB said...

Simple delicious...yum yum yum!

Katie said...

I love French toast and always use cinnamon in mine but it is a treat in our house as well. It is very rich and decadent. Yours looks fantastic.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Helen, thank you for stopping by!

Mark, you have such wonderful baking skills, you should bake bread. ;)

Julie, you do have to begin now! :)

Yosunbuka, thank you for your visit!

Alexa, I'm so glad to hear that - we need to communicate more, you have to tell me more about the time you lived here!

Veron, thank you, darling!

Meeta, I would like these for dinner too! :)

Ivan, não - e você é um desaforado. ;)

Cathy, thank you, sweetie!

Lydia, your father sounds like a lovely person. That's so adorable!

Lorraine, I'm a sucker for anything cinnamon!

Monkee, thank you!

Eating Club..., I would love these instead of coffee and banana, too. ;)

Krysta, I'd love to hear your opinion about it!

Pea, that's an honor. ;)

LyB, thank you, darling!! That is such a compliment!

Hannah, berries make anything better, my friend! :)

Christy, let's start a movement pro breakfast all day long, shall we? :)
Tks for stopping by!

Susan, tks for visiting! Those pancakes of yours are making me hungry, you bet!

Dee, thank you for stopping by!
I only have a nice breakfast sometimes, on weekends, because on weekdays things are too crazy and I need to run - just like you.

Cindy, I love pecans, too! :)

Lynn, that sounds amazing! I think I'll adopt that idea. ;)

Deb, thank you, darling!

Emiline, that is quite a compliment, thank you, dear.

Dragon, I love rabanadas, too!

Helen, I know you'll make some fabulous french toast. :)

Susan, I am not! :)

Elle, cinnamon lands such a nice aroma here.

Ann, thank you!

Passionate about baking, thank you!

Katie, decadent, indeed. Not good for my waistline. ;)

pam said...

Beautiful! I don't know which I like more, the yummy french toast or the cute yellow fabric!

Anonymous said...

I love the props in these photos. Gorgeous!
French Toast is my #1 favorite breakfast food. Mmmmmmm!

Amy said...

Oh I looove french toast, this is making my mouth water. I'd love to have this for dinner.

Lorena said...

omg, they look awesome!

i love your blog <3

Jeanne said...

Thanks for reminding me how much I love French toast! I definitely should make some this weekend...

Pille said...

That's a very decadent breakfast!! Beautiful!!

Jaime said...

i'm surprised you have never had french toast before, it is one of my favorite breakfast foods! :)

Capree said...

I agree, this sounds amazing. Beautiful photography on this one, too!

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