Lately, I’ve been on a French toast kick. It seems like every other week, I’m making the drive to Trader Joe’s to pick up a new bread to batter up for that weekend’s breakfast – and ramping up my workout schedule accordingly. I used to not even like French toast. Weird, I know. But a trip to San Francisco eatery Mama’s changed my mind for good. Mama’s is a fantastic – and highly popular – breakfast spot in San Francisco’s Little Italy that’s written about in probably every travel book known to man, making it also famous for long, long waits. It’s worth it though because the French toast is to die for! You can order a sampler of a number of different toasts, each made with fancy breads like banana, apple, walnut and so on.
Because I don’t live in San Francisco and certainly don’t want to wait two hours for breakfast every weekend, I figured why not recreate this breakfast treat in my own home; it can’t be that hard! And it’s not. It’s actually really easy to do and so, so yummy. Since this is probably the only dish I can claim to make well, I thought I’d share the love … or, in this case, food. So here goes:
First, I suppose it needs a name, so we’ll call it …
Can’t Wait French Toast
Makes 2 servings (4 pieces of toast)
What You’ll Need:
Fancy bread mix — plus necessary mix-ins, like veggie oil, eggs and milk (Trader Joe’s offers a number of good and easy-to-make bread mixes, including banana, apple and pumpkin.)
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
Dash of cinnamon and allspice
Desired toppings (I like strawberries, bananas, powdered sugar and syrup)
Make the bread ahead of time according to package directions, giving it enough time to cool before starting on the toast.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Dip thick slices of bread into the mixture, letting each slice soak up the batter. Place each slice onto a greased pan, and pop in the oven for 12 minutes. After the 12 minutes is up, flip the slices over and bake for another 12 minutes.
Serve onto a couple of plates, top with fruit, powdered sugar and syrup, and dig in!