Vegan French Toast
The original French Toast is also a little rustically called "eggy toast" in the UK, because that's what it essentially is. Toast soaked in whisked eggs. However, you can create French Toast without the eggs. Don't believe me? Let me show you.
French Toast isn't particularly widespread in these parts, but in the US it's a staple breakfast item. In France, it's called "pain perdu" (lost bread). You can serve it sweet or savoury, and for my entirely vegan version, I chose sweet.
French Toast is a very sustainable thing to make, as you are using leftover bread. In countries like Sweden, Germany and Spain, this dish is called "poor knights".
The great thing about French Toast is that you tend to already have the necessary ingredients at home - dry bread, eggs, flour and butter - but my vegan version does away with eggs and milk and instead features almond milk, flaxseed and bananas.
Any French Toast tastes amazing with maple syrup and cinnamon but can also be enjoyed savoury, with mushrooms and cheese.
Vegan French Toast with Coconut Cream and Berry Compote
- 1 tin coconut milk (chilled)
- 1 tsp glucose
- 1 litre unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp flaxseed
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- coconut oil
- 1 loaf rustic white bread (or white gluten-free bread)
- 80g berry compote
- fresh or frozen berries like blueberries or raspberries
- maple syrup
- Remove the coconut milk from the fridge, skim the solid coconut fat and put it in a bowl. Add the glucose and whisk with a handmixer for 3-5 minutes, until you have a creamy consistency.
- Add the bananas, almond milk, flaxseed and cinnamon, mix well and then let sit for around 5 minutes (the batter should be very runny).
- Cut the bread into slices around 1,5 thick. Heat the coconut oil in a pan and fry the bread slices on both sides until golden. Then dunk them into the batter, let them soak for 5-10 seconds and return them to the pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes on both sides over a medium heat, until golden.
- Serve the French Toast with coconut cream, berry compote, fresh berries and maple syrup.