One of the few breakfast tastes that eluded me, however, was french toast. Sure, I could make something cinnamony and delicious, but I couldn't get it to have that "eggy" taste that I associated with the french toast of my pre-vegan days. But after a ton of experimentation and recipe perusal, I zeroed in on a french toast recipe that has the flavor and texture that I love. The keys are the use of garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour, high quality bread gone stale, and a slow cook time.
Maggie's Vegan French Toast
2 c. vanilla soymilk (I use "light" but see Helpful Hints)
4 slightly rounded T. flour, at least half garbanzo bean flour
3 tsp. sugar
3 T. nutritional yeast
cinnamon to taste
slices of stale bread
2. Pour mixed batter into a pie plate or a similarly shaped dish.
3. Put in as many pieces of bread as will fit, allowing them to soak up the batter. Flip them once or twice.
4. Cook the slices over med-low heat in a non-stick skillet or on a non-stick griddle. You may want to grease the skillet/griddle a bit, as these things are sticky! Flip once.
- The use of garbanzo bean flour in this recipe gives the french toast that "eggy" taste. Make sure to use at least 2 T. of garbanzo bean flour, but feel free to use only garbanzo bean flour.
- I use light vanilla soymilk because that's what we have in our house. However, feel free to use any non-dairy milk that you like.
- When you soak the slices, you want them to begin to lose the crispness they had because they were stale. As they absorb the batter, they will begin to soften in the middle of the bread, but you want to start them cooking before they are soggy.
- We used 2/3 a loaf of french bread cut into 3/4 inch slices and had batter left over. This recipe would work for a whole loaf.
- The night before you plan to make this, cut your bread into slices and leave it out to get stale. I left mine on a cookie-cooling rack so it would have air all around it. Then, I left the cooling rack in the oven with the door open all night (because one of our kitties really likes to eat bread).
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