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).