6slicesthick sandwich breadlike brioche or sourdough (you can also cut into slices)
2tablespoonsvegan butteror oil
for topping, Maple syrupalso Extra cinnamon, for sprinkling vegan chipped cream*, for topping
In a bowl, add the vegan milk, maple syrup (optional), flax meal, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Whisk together vigorously and place in your freezer for the batter to set up and get thicker for 15 minutes.
When the batter is thicker, whisk again.
Heat 2-3 tablespoons vegan butter (or oil) in a pan or on a griddle over medium-high heat until hot until melted.
Dip the soaked slices into the batter until coated (do NOT soak them), and place in the pan to pan fry. Pan fry on each side for 3 to 5 minutes until it is crispy on the outside, then turn over and pan-fry on the other side for another 3 to 5 minutes. I always start with one to test the heat, then you can adjust accordingly.
Add more butter as needed and continue to cook the extra slices.
Serve immediately topped with maple syrup, dusted with cinnamon and vegan whipped cream. Enjoy!
Tips for the Best French Toast
So, as you can see, making this breakfast is fairly simple!Take a look at some of these tips for more info on how to make the best french toast:
Other Substitutes for Flax Eggs: including cornstarch in the batter (sift in about 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup) will also thicken it up.
Use Stale Bread: stale bread soaks up the batter better than fresh bread does. If you only have fresh bread, leave it out on the counter overnight before you make the french toast the next morning.
Use Sturdy Breads: soft breads will fall apart in the pan, so try not to use pre-sliced sandwich bread, as it is usually too soft.
Don’t Soak the Bread for Too Long: 15-20 seconds on each side is more than enough time for the bread to sop up the batter; going longer will make the french toast soggy.
Maple Syrup: it’s great on everything from pancakes, to waffles, to – you guessed it – french toast!
Berries: I chose strawberries for my french toast, but blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries would taste great too.
Coconut Cream: I like to top these off with some Coconut Cream sometimes – leave a tin of coconut cream overnight in your fridge, open it, scoop off the little liquid and that’s it!
Toasted Nuts – If you’re feeling extra decadent, you can add candied pecans (or walnuts) on top.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Though french toast is best when fresh, you can keep leftovers in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the fridge. When you want to heat them up again, just heat a pan on the stove, and add a splash of milk to your leftover batter before you soak the bread in it. Or, pop it in the toaster oven for a minute or two.
Can I Freeze French Toast?
French toast and its batter don’t freeze very well, so it’s best to eat the toast fresh and warm from the pan. Freezing the french toast would probably yield soggy results.