okay, guys. i am honestly super hyped about this post. when i cook brunch for guests, i tend to take a more soul food/southern approach – think fried chicken, country fried potatoes, scrambled eggs with melted cheese, biscuits with honey butter and your body weight in mimosas (with a variety of juices to choose from). while i have never had a single complaint about the aforementioned, it takes forever and is a total bitch to prep and clean up.
that being said, there are three brunch items that are more simple that i have always been hesitant to tackle because a family member already does them perfectly. the best grits belong to papa – a real life black cowboy with three horses in los angeles (i know, that probably deserves its own blog post). now, omelettes and french toast belong to my dad – they both come out perfect every single time. i had never tried to cook any of them – it is like feared messing them up, especially because dinner is my favorite meal to prepare.
well, i finally got over my fear and made truly phenomenal french toast. i essentially merged a variety of recipes and threw my own spin on it based on what i had in my fridge/pantry.
here are the ingredients you need:
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup of vanilla soy milk (any milk would work but i only use milk for baking that calls for it so the vanilla silk soy milk was what i had on hand and it worked for me)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons of sweet cream butter (i used salted based on the flavor i was going for but you could likely modify this)
- 8 slices of thick cut bread (i used organic white thick cut toast from trader joe’s)
- berries of choice (i used strawberries)
- powdered sugar
- maple syrup (i used organic maple syrup by simply balanced which can be found at target)
now, for the directions:
- whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a dish that is big enough to turn bread over in
- use a large skillet to melt the sweet cream butter over medium heat
- toss the bread into the mixture and be sure it is saturated on both sides
- put bread in skillet a fry until there is a golden brown coating on each side
- remove from skillet and plate
- top with berries, powdered sugar and syrup
i paired the french toast with scrambled eggs with melted cheese and a couple of strips of bacon. it did not disappoint and even has felecia’s stamp of approval!
when combined with the right sides (of your choosing), i would say this is enough to serve four people (with each person getting two thick slices of french toast).
if you make it, please let me know how it turns out! i have loved seeing the posts of many of you trying your hand at my banana bread and lemon bars.
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