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.
This 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.
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
- 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.
Slice up the french bread in about 1 inch thick slices.
Serve hot, drenched with maple (or birch!) syrup, and topped with powdered sugar and strawberries. Or whatever your fav toppings are!
This french toast means business. 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')