French Toast

A particularly handy recipe when you’ve got a slightly stale loaf that you don’t want to toss, this sweet, custardy, crunchy French toast is easy to make and even easier to love!

Preparation time Prep: 10 mins
cook 15 mins
Skill level Easy Peasy

You will need:

  • 8 thick slices of bread
  • 1 cup soy milk, or any dairy-free milk
  • 2–3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon self-raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil, such as rice bran, for pan-frying
  • Maple syrup, to serve
  • Fresh berries or sliced banana, to serve
  • Sifted icing sugar, for dusting


  • 1If your bread is fresh, give it a quick turn in the toaster to prevent it from falling apart when you dip it in the milk mixture.
  • 2Meanwhile, whisk together the soy milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cornflour, flour and salt, then pour into a wide, shallow bowl for ease of dipping.
  • 3Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • 4Dunk both sides of a few slices of bread in the milk mixture, then transfer to the hot pan. Cook for a few minutes, until the underside is nicely browned, then carefully flip the slices over and brown the other side.
  • 5Remove from the pan and cook the remaining slices in the same way.
  • 6Serve immediately, with maple syrup, fresh berries or sliced banana on the side, and a dusting of icing sugar.

Variation: Try coconut milk for a tropical flavour, and top with cubed mango and a sprinkling of coconut flakes. Or use chickpea flour (besan) instead of plain flour for a more savoury flavour that goes swimmingly with smoky tempeh strips and maple syrup.

Tip: For a special treat, saute? banana slices in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1–2 teaspoons brown sugar. When starting to caramelise, add a tablespoon of rum and cook for a few seconds. Serve with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.

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