I’ve been making this Maple Drizzled Crispy Vegan French Toast for breakfast for about four years now on our slow mornings and am feeling like it’s time to share it with you all. This recipe was in the free One Week of Meals Cookbook that we had as a download (which is no longer available) and we got lots of great feedback on it. I wanted to give it a bit of an upgrade, so here it is—in all, it’s simple, yet delicious crispy glory.
French toast is something that I grew up eating. Do you have stale bread? No problem, French toast coming right up! It’s such a classic dish and so many people love it for its simplicity and the fact that you can save some food. That’s a win in my eyes.
When I was younger, it was made with eggs, milk and butter. And when I have a childhood dish that I crave or wish to veganise, I want it to be just as good as it was or even better.
This one is soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside (helps if you used vegan butter) and such a nice way to start the day. With a cup of tea or coffee, it’s morning perfection.
Make sure you don’t use just any bread. The real deal is when you use bread that was purchased (and baked) freshly – not the stuff you find on the supermarket shelves pre-sliced and wrapped in plastic. Real bread from a bakery that you can slice yourself at home, and often 2-3 days after purchase. When you can’t really use it for anything other than the compost, bread crumbs or feeding it to birds, this is the stuff you want for French toast.
- 1 cup of almond milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 4 slices of thick bread (2-3 days old is ideal)*
- ½ cup maple syrup (or more if you like it sweet)
- Vegan butter or coconut oil for frying
- Whisk all the batter ingredients together.
- In a shallow bowl, place the liquid and each slice of bread to soak well on each side. For a few seconds either side.
- Heat the butter or oil in frying pan on low-medium heat. Around 1-2 tbsp for first round.
- Place soaked bread on the pan and fry on each side until golden brown.
- Repeat process for the rest of the slices of bread.
- Serve on plate and drizzle with maple syrup or other desired topping.
*Any good quality bread will work. I went for a classic Sourdough Pane Di Casa.