Spiced Chai French Toast

Ooooo, I am so excited to share today's recipe with you! This is the most delightful breakfast ever.  When I worked up at Hatcher Pass Lodge (see cool photos here), I was a french toast making extraordinaire. I learned how to make the most splendid and lavish french toast. And I have to tell you, if you're making french toast with regular ol' sammy bread...you're doing it wrong. Just STOP. No more, I forbid it. Once you make french toast with actual french bread (well, french "style" bread)...oh gosh, just...if you haven't, you need to. This is not The Depression. Make it with french bread, not sandwich bread. Sandwich bread is for sandwiches and french bread is obviously for, well, french toast. 

Also, you have to wear your fancy pants when you eat these.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Chai French ToastThis perfectly fluffy french toast is scented with chai spice and deliciously decadent. If you think you need eggs for the best french toast ever, you are mistaken. I'm sorry, I'm just the messenger. Have you had vegan french toast? No? Better get on it! Gosh, I'm sooo bossy today.

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast

Oh, also...we slathered ours with birch syrup. If you're in Alaska (like me) and have a small fortune to squander (unlike me), it's time to get yo'self some birch syrup. I think it's, please excuse my contrived snootiness here, richer and way more complex than maple syrup. It's has so much more going on. It's darker and more caramelly (it's a word, I checked). If you get the chance to try it, please do!

Spiced Chai French Toast

Serves 3

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used a vanilla coconut milk)
  • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. chai spice (recipe to mix your own here)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray
  • about 6 slices of french bread, about 1 inch thick

In a shallow bowl, I like to use a pie dish, whisk together all the ingredients except for the bread. 

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastHeat coconut oil (or coat with a non-stick cooking spray) in a large skillet over medium heat. 

Slice up the french bread in about 1 inch thick slices. 

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastCoat a slice of bread in the french toast liquid for about 10 seconds on each side. The bread should feel slightly heavier but not soaked completely through. That's the  trick!

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastThe blood bank loves me. Place the slice in the hot pan for a few minutes on each side, flipping with a metal spatula. 

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastRepeat with remaining slices of bread, until all the liquid is gone. 

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast

Serve hot, drenched with maple (or birch!) syrup, and topped with powdered sugar and strawberries. Or whatever your fav toppings are!

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastThis french toast means business. Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Listening to Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (this group helped produce SNL's "Dick In A Box" and other Lonely Island songs, just sayin')

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