Tropical French Toast

Although French toast wasn’t my favourite breakfast dish during the time in London, it has crossed my mind a couple of times since I officially moved back to Saigon. The slices of brioche, topped with bacon and a layer of maple syrup … they were something special! But heavy as anything.

French toast is an ohhh-so-easy and classic breakfast dish, which has plenty of names and just as many options for toppings. But the recipe invariably calls for some thick slices of brioche or white bread, eggs, milk and fruits. That’s it!

To make a portion for one person, you’ll need:

  • 2 slices of brioche
  • 1 large egg
  • 80ml milk (or 40ml milk and 40ml double cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • unsalted butter
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • some comfort toppings as you desire: bacon, creme fraîche, icing sugar, … (optional)
  • last but not least, a bowl of your favourite fruit(s).

Start by whisking together the eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lay the brioche slices in a single layer in a shallow dish and pour the egg mixture over them. Allow to soak for 2-3 mins, then carefully turn over and soak for 2 mins more.

Heat a heavy bottomed or non-stick frying pan with a little butter (or low calorie oil spray if that’s your thing) over a medium heat until foaming. Fry for 3 mins on each side, until golden and crisp.

After they’re cooked, transfer to a plate with a paper towel on it, keep  them somewhere warm while you quickly deal with some crispy fried bacon. When you’re ready, serve them up! Top with a little butter, bacon, chopped fruits, and maybe some maple syrup or icing sugar dust if you’re feeling bad!

I decided to make my french toast dish a bit less unhealthy; so, no icing sugar dust and creme fraîche. Only 2 slices of crispy fried bacon, ripped papaya, and maple syrup, and of course … a cup of favourite mango black tea on the side. Sometimes the best thing in life is the simple one. Enjoy!