Almond French Toast

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This is my go-to French Toast recipe.  It came about after I made an amazing dessert for Christmas dinner a couple years ago with poached pears and a cream cheese topping that had both vanilla and almond extract added to it.  The combination wowed me, and it sprung to mind when I made a French Toast breakfast a few days later.  Ohhhh yess, perfection.

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I don’t normally need a certain brand in any recipe, but I no longer make French Toast with anything besides Ace Bakery Organic Granary bread.  I keep a loaf of it in the freezer so that if people stop by for breakfast I always can put something together.  It’s a glorious whole wheat loaf with tons of nuts and seeds — to my mind, the sunflower seeds are the best part.

And my dear friend, Pemma, is a super-fan of this recipe.  In fact, she special-requested it’s appearance on the blog.  So, Pem: this one’s for you!

(In a total tangent, Pem and I had an AMAZING lunch together yesterday at a new-to-us cafe in town: The Beet Organic Cafe.  Holy yum.  You need to go now, if you are anywhere near Toronto.  95% organic menu, lots of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as gluten-free stuff — including gluten-free beer!)  Every day they have a different tasting plate, which they even post on the website so you know before you go.  And yes, it’s truly wonderful, fresh food, prepared with love.)

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Back to French Toast…  This morning we served it to our special houseguests from Boston.  3 Opera Singers and a Violinist in one apartment for a weekend… it’s noisy and way too much fun.

Almond French Toast

Serves 2 people 2 slices each, easily doubles for four people

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c. milk (skim, soy, almond, hemp)
  • 1 splash almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 4 slices bread (I love Ace Bakery Organic Granary bread, and buy it just for French Toast)
  • 1 knob butter

In a shallow bowl, mix together egg, milk, almond extract, vanilla, and orange zest.

Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture until it is saturated on both sides.

Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted completely, add the egg-soaked bread, and cook about 4 minutes each side, or until golden brown.

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Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with berries.

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Categories: Bread, Breakfast & Brunch, Dessert, Vegetarian

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9 Comments on “Almond French Toast”

  1. May 29, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    Ohhh! The french toast looks great! Thanks for the resto reco, I look forward to trying it 🙂

  2. May 29, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Mmm, it is lovely – you should try it 🙂

    Not too eggy, just how I like it!

    And we should have a date to the cafe… definitely!

  3. June 3, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    Hello Lindsay!!

    What a lovely treat to make!!

    Great for brunch too!

  4. July 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    I’ve been craving french toast and I love this healthy alternative!

  5. July 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on Christa Alexis and commented:
    I need to make this!

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