Saturday, January 06, 2007

My Favorite French Toast [Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free & Casein-Free]

Do you have a loaf of gluten-free bread that is stale? No problem. Gummy? No worries. Dry? Great. Hard as a rock? Perfect! Believe it or not, some of those subpar store-bought gluten-free breads work perfectly for french toast. They sop up the eggy mixture and transform into a breakfast delicacy you can top with fruit preserves, fresh fruit, or maple syrup. The french toast pictured above is prepared with Food for Life's Brown Rice Bread, which I bought at the Trader Joe's. It tastes fabulous when prepared with ghee (which is Indian clarified butter that has all the lactose and casein removed). The ghee imparts a rich, nutty flavor. Extra egg mixture will store for several days. Bon appetit!

GLUTEN-FREE FRENCH TOAST (Casein & Lactose Free)

4 slices gluten free bread
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup almond milk or rice milk or soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ghee, clarified butter or margarine
Optional: 2 teaspoons honey

In a pie pan or small baking dish, whisk together all ingredients except ghee/butter/margarine and bread. Heat ghee, butter or margarine in non-stick pan or griddle over medium-high heat. If you're using a dense bread, such as those from Food for Life, Soak for 4-5 minutes on each side. If you're using a homemade bread or a softer or more crumbly bread, soak for only 1-2 minutes on each side. Using a fork or tongs, remove each slice of bread from the liquid and allow excess liquid to drip off. Place in hot ghee/butter/margarine and cook on each side until browned. Serve immediately with maple syrup, jam and/or fresh fruit.


Anonymous said...

I so agree with that - what a better use of those lousy store-bought breads than to make delicious french toast! I sprinkle on powdered sugar and a touch of cinnamon and make 'em ahead of time and freeze for fast food purposes.

Happy Homemaker said...

Yumm! I'm still learning to cook gluten free so thanks for the great recipe!

Nau-Dee said...

Looks really yummy and I love the idea of the OJ.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant - I so miss french toast!

Anonymous said...

This is great! Hint - after browning the french toast the first time, set the slices in the batter for an additional minute and then brown them again. It makes them spongier and more flavorful!