Are you a waffle, french toast or pancake person?
It seems like people fall into one of these camps when confronted with a brunch menu! Me, I like all three for different reasons.
French toast, however, is one of the hardest to veganize! Simply thickly sliced bread dredged in egg and then cooked in butter, it’s no wonder that it’s something we skip after staring a plant based diet. But there’s no reason to do without if you really love this breakfast treat!
Tips for perfect french toast
I actually spent a lot of time making this dish many different ways before settling on this technique. A few things I learned were:
- It’s important to not soak the bread too long-it will fall apart. 15-30 seconds is just fine.
- Don’t heat your pan too high! You want to let the bread get a nice crispy edge, but not burn!
- Don’t try to flip the french toast too soon-it might stick to the pan or not develope a nice slightly crisp finish to the bread.
- If the french toast is not getting nice and golden, add a little more vegan butter to the pan.
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil (any oil will do if you don't have either of these, but vegan butter tastes best!)
- 1 15 oz can coconut milk
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup (optional, but recommended)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- 6-8 pieces of thickly cut sourdough bread
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 medium apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- In a blender, add the coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt.
- Blend well for about 15 seconds.
- Put the mixture in a 9" x 9" baking dish or wide mixing bowl.
- Place 1-2 thick slices of bread in the container and allow to soak for about 30 seconds.
- Meanwhile, begin to heat a wide non-stick skillet (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat and add the vegan butter.
- When the "butter" is melted, add 2 pieces of the soaked sourdough to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip the bread and cook until the other side is golden brown and a little crispy.
- Remove from the heat and serve immediately with the cinnamon apples, maple syrup and a little more vegan butter.
- In another medium sauté pan, heat a little coconut oil over medium heat and add the apples.
- Sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender.
- In the last minute of cooking, add the maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.
- Serve on top of the french toast!