three stacked slices of french toast, topped with a fruit sauce
Breakfast

Quick and Simple

The first known reference to French toast is from Roman times. The French call it pain perdu (“lost bread”) because they used stale bread that would have otherwise been thrown out. French toast is typically made with a batter of eggs and milk and fried with oil on a griddle. This version is made with orange juice or soy milk with a dash of turmeric, giving it a slightly yellow glow. The flavor and texture are so good, and even better when made with whole-wheat bread. 

Prep Instructions

  • Yield: 6 (1 slice) servings                                    
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes                                       
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes                                 
  • Total Time: 10–15 minutes                                 
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup flour (may use whole-wheat flour, but white whole-wheat flour gives a nicer appearance)
  • 1 cup orange juice (not concentrate) or 1 cup soy milk with 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 6 slices whole-wheat bread

Cooking Instructions

  1.  In a mixing bowl, combine flour with orange juice or soy milk/turmeric, and stir briskly with a wire whisk. 
  2. Dip bread in mixture, one slice at a time, and place in a preheated nonstick skillet on medium-low heat. Gently press bread with spatula so it completely contacts the griddle; this will help it brown evenly. Turn after 1–2 minutes, when it just begins to brown, and remove to a serving plate. (Because you are frying without oil, be careful not to leave the bread in the skillet for too long or it will become tough. If you remove it at the right time, however, it will be soft and tender.)  
  3. Tip: Use date-nut or raisin bread and serve with almond butter, topped with apricot or pear sauce. Or spread French toast with peanut butter, and top with hot applesauce or a little maple syrup. 

Nutritional Data

Calories: 114.24
Fat: 1.88 g
Saturated Fat: 0.08 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 166.50 mg
Carbohydrates: 20.30 g
Fiber: 2.70 g
Sugars: 3.01 g
Protein: 6.66 g
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