Whenever I'm back home, french toast for breakfast is in high demand. My little sister, who especially loves french toast, was sick (oh no!) so I decided to make a snazzed up version to cheer her up! We had some chopped walnuts lying around nearby, so I took walnut-crusted french toast for a test run... and it turned out great!
|Best if shared with an umbrella wielding frog...|
Walnut-Crusted French Toast
1 cup of soymilk (or other non-dairy milk)
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 ½ Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
6 - 8 slices of bread of your choice (depending on size and thickness)
~ ½ cup of walnuts, ground
1. Pour soymilk into a wide, shallow bowl. Add the nutritional yeast, flour, sugar, and salt and whisk. Add the cinnamon and give the mixture a few more stirs.
I’ve recently re-discovered how awesome whisks are for mixing – they work way better than forks or spoons, especially for really big batches of batters. So I’m trying to remember to use mine wherever I can. (:
2. In a separate shallow bowl or plate, spread out about half of the ground walnuts to dip the bread in before cooking.
I don’t have a food processor (or at least not one that’s easy to get to), so I ground my walnuts up in an old coffee grinder, and it worked perfectly! I left some pieces bigger to make the consistency more interesting.
3. Toast bread, dunk one slice into the soymilk mixture. Let sit for 30 seconds to a minute (depending on how thick your bread is) to soak up more of the mixture. Flip, and let the other side soak for ~30 seconds.
|... and flip!|
4. Transfer to the plate of ground walnuts and flip so that each side gets partially coated (refill walnuts as they get used up).
5. Heat a little oil in a frying pan or skillet on medium-high heat. Place as many slices as will fit, and cook until slightly browned, probably a few minutes. Flip, and cook the second side.
Remove from heat, and enjoy!
|The finished product. Yum!|
I had mine plain, but I’m sure it’d be great with some vegan margarine and maple syrup. Another favorite is giving some frozen berries a quick zap in the microwave to make a berry syrup, yum!
Other nuts, or toppings like shredded coconut would probably work great in place of walnuts. Or, the nuts can be left out all together to make regular French toast.