Soft, chewy and slightly sweet french toast is one of the greatest culinary delights ever! You don’t have to have a sweet tooth to love this legendary breakfast dish.
Absorbent bread, light egg batter, a hint of cinnamon, and a dash of syrup. All the components come together to make something truly unique.
But with more people steering clear of ingredients like gluten, dairy, and refined sugars, French toast is now viewed as a guilty pleasure, more than ever.
Is it possible to make a dairy-free French toast that satisfies? What about folks with other dietary restrictions? Is healthy French toast even in the realm of possibility?
Let’s look into what makes French toast so great, and see if we can figure out some healthier variations on this sweet and savory breakfast classic.
Traditional French Toast
What makes the classic French toast recipe such a widespread favorite? A simple concept, some key ingredients, and easy execution.
According to reference site Wonderopolis, the origins of the dish aren’t perfectly clear, but some historians suggest that it has roots in the Roman Empire.
Many cultures have some form of egg-battered bread meant to add texture, flavor and nutrition to otherwise uninspiring or even stale bread.
It’s a great way to make use of bread that would otherwise be thrown to the birds, and back in the day, wasted food was a big no-no.
“Pain Perdu” or “lost bread” is what they call the dish in France to describe how bread can be brought back to life with a bit of extra work. For them, it’s more commonly considered a dessert instead of breakfast food, however.
It’s known in Britain as “eggy bread” and has also earned the name “gypsy bread” in other cultures. As you can see, this dish is a real global phenomenon!
It wasn’t until the 17th century that the name French toast was first used by English folks settling in America, in a time where no food could go to waste.
Since then it has become a certified staple of American breakfast and is found on greasy-spoon diner menus in every state in the nation.
So what does it take to make the perfect batch of French toast?
According to Food Network’s Robert Irvine, the recipe is straightforward:
- Eggs, milk, butter, and bread are your core ingredients.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and vanilla extract will add flavor.
- Maple syrup, honey, or another silky sweetener goes on top.
- Fresh fruit, toasted oats, and other fun toppings are up to you.
All you need to do is dip the slices of bread in the egg mixture that combines these ingredients, make sure it has a healthy coat on all sides, then fry it all up one piece at a time!
The result is warm tender slices of eggy bread with a slightly sweet and cinnamony taste that is impossible not to love.
If you want to cut out the milk so you or your dairy-free friends can enjoy, simply make a separate batter than includes almond, oat, or soy milk instead of the moo juice.
The results will be largely the same, just remember to use different skillet when cooking this batch to ensure you don’t accidentally cross-contaminate the ingredients.
The best type of bread to use for French toast is a debate unto itself.
Every household, every restaurant, and every recipe says they know the ultimate bread that makes all the difference!
We appreciate the enthusiasm, but the truth is that there are a ton of great choices, and only a few types of bread should be avoided when making French toast.
According to an article from The Kitchn, there are some simple criteria to follow:
- Sturdy bread is best. The egg mixture that coast each slice require a durable crumb and some delicate bread will break apart under the weight or in the pan.
- It’s better to buy by the loaf. We all appreciate pre-sliced bread, but when making French toast you want to control exactly how thick each slice will be.
- Stale bread is totally acceptable, and some say it’s best. You can revive it for a couple of minutes in the oven to make it more absorbent before cooking.
- It’s okay to experiment with shape. Think outside the box by cutting your bread in different ways like cubes, triangles, and the ever-popular French toast sticks.
In terms of which bread to select, Brioche is the most commonly crowned King. It has a durable, even crumb, plenty of butter already, and just the right amount of absorbent squishiness.
Whether you purchase an entire loaf of fresh Brioche from the local bakery or buy a bunch of small, individual buns from the day-old bin, this will be one of your best bets.
The Pullman loaf, or classic sandwich bread, is another great option, but it should be handled more carefully in the egg mixture so it doesn’t break apart.
Remember to cut the slices thick if you opt for one of these loaves. Think Texas Toast!
Finally, we have to mention challah, which has long been the go-to French toast bread in Jewish-American deli restaurants.
This bread already contains some egg and is dairy-free, which means it is perfectly suited to absorb and cook in the egg mixture.
If you haven’t yet tried this bread for French toast, it is worth going out of your way to find it.
Gluten, dairy & more
We could go on all day about how tasty French toast is, and its awesome variations, but it needs to be said that this dish can be prohibitive health-wise for many people.
We touched on dairy-free French toast earlier, because this is one of the more common dietary restrictions we hear.
Many folks are physically incapable of processing Lactose, which is one of the unique proteins found in milk, cheese, and other dairy products.
Even for people with a rare iron stomach, too much dairy can be a pain.
On top of that, researchers have found some alarming info about dairy’s effects on the heart and other vital organs, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Gluten is another concern and for those suffering Celiac’s disease or serious sensitivity to this protein, a classic Brioche or Pullman French toast just isn’t in the cards.
Finally, the rise of low-carb diets like Keto and Paleo means that a carbo-bomb like French toast has no place in the breakfast lineup. Since the average slice of bread contains at least 15 carbs, it’s better for the low-carb crew to avoid this dish altogether.
Healthy french toast? Finally!
In light of these valid health concerns surrounding French toast, we understand why more people are moving away from the dish, but it’s a sad trend to watch.
We decided it was time for a change.
Putting French toast back on the breakfast menu was one of our key goals when launching Uprising, and we’re proud to say that with our Superfood bread: mission accomplished!
Not only did we engineer a dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly bread that tastes great, but it also works perfectly for French toast.
See for yourself how our happy our customers are to finally enjoy this breakfast classic once again, now that they have a healthy version available.
The bread reminds people of a slightly nutty sourdough and has the perfect amount of absorbency to make the most of that egg and spice mixture.
That’s right, we achieved a bread that allows for amazing keto french toast, so this is reason to rejoice! Just follow the recipe from earlier, dairy or not, and you’ll be golden.
Keto-friendly French toast has to be light on the sweetener, and many folks will want to use just a small drizzle of honey, agave, or another sugar alternative to get that signature taste.
Don’t forget that many cultures serve up savory versions of the dish as well, matching it up with other breakfast classics like bacon, eggs, or sausage.
Whichever variation of French toast you prefer, this Superfood bread will satisfy those cravings.
It may seem too good to be true, but thousands of customers have spoken: this bread is the real deal and makes amazing French toast!
They said French toast could never be done in a healthy way, yet here we are. Our bread makes it a seamless part of your Keto, Paleo, or gluten-free lifestyle.
If you think it’s time to finally go low-carb or you’ve been missing French toast for years due to other dietary restrictions, we recommend giving Superfood bread a try.
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