7 Big Tricks for Amazing French Toasts

Jun 6, 2016
Nina L. Palmer

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Crispy crunchy on the outside but still soft and yum inside, that’s how we all love French toast for a scrumptious breakfast, right? Scroll down for 7 simple and easy tips to make amazing french toast every time.

1. Allow bread to go stale
Originally, French toast is made from stale bread—Hence the name “pain perdu” in French, which means “lost bread”. Leave fresh bread slices dry out for at least a day, if not more. Slightly stale, dry bread holds up to a dunking in egg batter much better than a soft, fresh slice.

2. Always let it sit the bread slices in the egg batter for a couple hours A couple of hours in the fridge is a must, sometimes even overnight for a frothy smooth mix.

3. Use a crunchy topping
Use shredded coconut or bread crumbs to make a nice little crust on top of your french toast. Press it on one or both side of the bread, like a breading and cook into a chewy, crispy golden brown crust.

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4. Use Challah bread
Challah bread sliced thick is one major key. It makes the only true French Toast, perfectly crisp outside and soft inside.

5. Cook it both on the stove and oven
Use a cast iron skillet, and a good dollop of butter. Toast soaked bread slices is over medium high heat until golden brown on both sides, then transfer on a baking sheet in the oven. The egg mixture will continue to cook and sort of souffle in the bread, giving it a very soft and delicate texture. If you don’t use he oven, put a lid on the skillet after you flip the bread slices. The inside of the french toast will get all puffy and amazing when you do this.

6. Grate orange or lime zest on top
This adds a nice off-shot of the fruit’s flavor to your french toast.  Everyone will comments on how amazing your french toast is, but that they can’t put their finger on it. This is it. Make sure to rinse the fruit first and use a zester or a vegetable peeler.

7.  Test unusual toppings
Jazz up you french toast with brie or mascarpone and some fruit such as carmelized pears, carmelized peaches, fresh strawberry, banana, raspberries etc… A big part of cooking is experimenting and having fun!

What’s your way to make your French Toast amazing? Please share your secrets in the comments below!

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