I don't think there's a credible source of the invention of French Toast. It may have started in Ancient Rome, however, no one is 100% sure.
It has also gone by other names such as eggy toast, and is topped with maple syrup and sometimes powdered sugar, as well as fruits and cream sauces. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.
French toast is probably one of my favorite breakfasts, but with no where having a good vegan french toast that I know of, I had to just make my own. It was so very worth it!
Plant Milk: This is a personal choice, I enjoy oat milk more than any other plant-based milk. You can use any plant milk. Soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc. Actually, coconut milk sounds like it would be amazing with this, but that's because I love coconut flavors.
Egg Replacer: I used the Bobs Red Mill brand for this particular recipe, but other powdered egg replacers can work with this. You could even try using mung bean or chickpea flour as these flours are best used for egg replacement in general.
Kala Namak is an Indian cuisine ingredient that has sulfuric properties which taste and smells like an egg! (Please note that there are a lot of brands that label the pink Himalayan salt as black salt and it is not the same!)
Cinnamon: This is really an optional ingredient, I just like the cinnamon flavors in my sweet breakfasts, especially french toast! I am using basic ground cinnamon, however, Saigon cinnamon would pair nicely with this.
Bread: This may be controversial for some, but I say use whatever bread you have on hand! Good bread meant for real french toast experience is usually something thick like Brioche, but vegan Brioche is very hard to find if you don't live in a huge city!
Peaches: I used frozen and fresh for this recipe. We don't get the opportunity for good produce up here in the cold, dead north, so most of the fruit I use is frozen.
Brown Sugar: I like to use brown sugar for caramelizing. Regular sugar will work just as well!
🔪How to make French Toast
Step 1: In a medium bowl add the milk, egg replacer, cinnamon, and kala namak.
Step 2: Whisk until smooth and set aside. This will need about 5 minutes to thicken.
Step 3: While your batter is thickening, take this opportunity to make the sour cream sauce. In a small bowl, place sour cream, apple cider vinegar (if using tofutti sour cream), and brown sugar.
Step 4: Mix the sour cream sauce until the sugar is dissolved and then set in fridge.
Step 5: Heat up the peaches and add in brown sugar.
Step 6: Caramelize the peaches or at least get them soft and syrupy!
Step 7: Dunk your bread slices into the batter.
Step 8: Dunk really good! But not too good... see here!
🍳Frying the Bread
I know this part seems redundant, but hear me out, sometimes flipping or trying to flip your bread too soon can cause a lot of problems. Keep your heat on medium and your bread and batter will tell you when it is ready to flip.
Resist the urge to keep trying to lift it a minute after you've placed it. I know it is difficult not to!
💡Extra Tips for making the best french toast
- Adding regular sugar and a bit of flour to your caramelizing fruit will give you the same desired results in case you don't have brown sugar on hand.
- You can add more than cinnamon to this recipe, all spice and nutmeg are other great choices for this!
- Have a bottle of Just Egg? Try that in place of the batter in this recipe!
- If using sandwich bread, do not let the bread sit in the batter too long. Dip and coat quickly and get it into the frying pan.
- The best bread to use for this recipe would be french bread of course. If using french bread, soak in the batter for at least 5 seconds. It is stronger than that weakling sandwich bread. Don't tell sandwich bread I said that
❓Frequently Asked Questions
If you're ever in France, do not ask for French Toast. French toast is not actually French. Instead ask for "Pain Perdu" which translates to "lost bread". The roots of French toast date back to Ancient Rome.
The outside of French toast should be crispy while the inside custard-like.
Around 4-5 days at most. Most food starts to lose flavor after day 3 so keep that in mind. You could also freeze it for later!
Eggless French Toast Recipe
- ¼ cup vegan sour cream
- 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar see note
- 2-4 slices bread of choice
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1 cup frozen or fresh sliced peaches
- 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
- In a medium bowl whisk together the plant milk, egg replacer, kala namak, and cinnamon. Set aside for 5-10 minutes so that the egg replacer can thicken.1 cup plant milk of choice, 4 Tablespoons Bob's red mill egg replacer, ¼ teaspoon kala namak, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Sour Cream Sauce
- In a small bowl combine sour cream, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. mix until smooth and set aside or in the fridge.¼ cup vegan sour cream, 1 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- In a saute pan add your peaches and heat through. Once starting to brown, add brown sugar and mix up until melted and set aside.1 cup frozen or fresh sliced peaches, 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
- In a hot skillet add a little oil, then dip your bread in your batter and make sure it is thoroughly coated. Quickly but carefully add the soaked bread to the skillet. Once desired brown-ness occurs, flip the bread to cook the other side.2 Tablespoons oil, 2-4 slices bread of choice
- Plate the toast, optionally adding sauce between the two slices and then drizzling sauce on top (save some for the peaches).
- Then place your peaches on top of the toast, drizzle more sauce and enjoy!
- You really only need apple cider vinegar depending on the vegan sour cream you're using. I use Tofutti and while it is is great as is, I like it a little more tangy.
- You can use any fruit for this recipe. I also recommend adding some syrup from your caramelized fruit into the sour cream sauce for added deliciousness!
- If using sandwich bread, do not allow it to sit in the batter. If using french bread, allow to soak for 5 seconds.