Good old French toast. It’s one of our favorite foods, and it’s so versatile it can either be a fancy treat for a holiday breakfast, or just a way to use up old bread on a regular morning. This morning Jolly Tomato’s mom made some delicious French toast with thickly sliced challah bread (she swears it’s the best way to do it) and we piled it high with chopped fresh pineapple and dried cranberries.
The basic French toast recipe is pretty simple: Dunk slices of bread in an egg/milk mixture, and then fry it in a pan. But it’s the simplicity that lends itself to hundreds of variations. You can use white bread, whole-grain wheat bread, or even banana bread. You can dunk it in a cinnamon-flavored egg mixture or an orange-juice soaked one. And who says the bread has to be in plain square slices? This morning while Grandma used regular slices of bread, we were inspired to use cookie cutters to make our own whimsically shaped variations.
Once we had a few shapes made, we started thinking a little more outside the box. We love sweet-tasting French toast, so a star with five chocolate chip points was a big score at the breakfast table (our boys don’t like syrup very much, for whatever reason). But then we were thinking about how much we love a classic croque-monsieur so we decided to make a ham-and-cheese French toast Christmas tree. (Top a piece of French toast with thinly sliced ham, some grated cheese, and some diced red pepper, then toast in the toaster oven just until the cheese melts.)
The variations don’t stop there. Need a vegan version? This Holiday Tangerine French Toast from Healthy Happy Life fits the bill. We like these French Toast Breakfast Muffins from EasyFunSchool and we’re fascinated by this French Toast Baked Tofu from Carrots ‘n’ Cake. And if you’re into the more savory varieties like we are, try these Savory French Toast Bites from Foodie Reflections. And then when you’re ready for a festive, filling treat, try a stuffed French toast recipe like this Stuffed French Toast with strawberries and cream cheese from Tasty Kitchen. Now you’re set for Christmas morning – and beyond.
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(Photos courtesy of Jolly Tomato’s dad)