The best French Toast I ever had was at River City Diner when I was ten, and since then, I’ve considered myself nothing less than a French-Toast Snob.
In order for me to consider it even in the same ballpark as my River City French Toast, any French Toast I try must be fluffy on the inside, toasted on the outside, and packed with cinnamon.
And slathered in syrup, but that’s not very hard to achieve!
The trick to making the perfect French Toast is to use stale bread- and trust me when I tell you, the staler the better. For instance, the baguette I used to make this batch of French Toast was so hard it took me about 30 seconds and some serious elbow grease to cut just one slice. However, it was certainly worth the work! Because stale bread is pretty much devoid of moisture, it will soak up more of the batter than a typical slice of bread- meaning when it’s cooked the toast ends up fluffier and much more flavorful.
Don’t have any stale bread on hand? Don’t worry- you can also toast the bread a bit before soaking it. Almost the same result, with a lot less waiting-around involved!
Additionally, the French Toast must be cooked on medium-heat in order to achieve the perfect fluffiness without burning the outside. This allows the toast to cook through slowly, meaning it only just begins to brown on the outside while the egg white mixture on the inside fluffs up and creates the most delicious result. (When Chemistry equals good food, all the pain associated with taking it in high school suddenly seems worth it!)
Finally, the French Toast should combine just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon-flavor. And what’s a better way to achieve that than by topping it with warm cinnamon apples?
While this French Toast is no River City Diner toast, it certainly rivals it!
And considering how good that version was, that’s definitely saying something! 🙂
Cinnamon Apple French Toast
- 120g french baguette (cut into 6 slices)
- 1/4 c egg whites
- 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 small apple
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine egg whites, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add three slices to the mixture, turn them so they’re completely coated, then let sit for 2-5 minutes (or until soft- time may vary depending on how stale your bread is). Meanwhile, slice apple and add to a small bowl, then add remaining 1/8 tsp cinnamon and stir until coated. Microwave for 30 seconds. Grease a pan or griddle and place three soaked pieces of bread into the pan, then bake on medium for 3 minutes. Once golden brown, flip and bake the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes. Repeat process with remaining slices of bread. Once toast is complete, add microwaved apples to the pan and bake on medium, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. Plate french toast, top with apples, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 2 servings)