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Copycat restaurant recipe – decadent French Toast

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Located in Huntsville, Alabama,  1892 East is known for its high quality menu featuring the best local, organic and vegetarian foods. Here’s one of their popular menu items, Crispy French Toast.

Make this copycat restaurant recipe for French Toast and your friends and family with be in heaven. Read on to find out about the best bread to use in this recipe!

What are the origins of French Toast?

the dish we now know as French toast existed as early as the Roman Empire. Can you imagine those Roman emperors feasting on French Toast? Too bad they didn’t have any maple syrup to put on the French Toast? Imagine how much more they would have enjoyed it? But we are certainly lucky to be living in this day and age when we can enjoy a decadent brunch favorite.

Where did French Toast get its name?

As the name would suggest, the popular breakfast item got its name in France. There it is called “pain perdu,” meaning “lost bread.” The reason it is called lost bread is because this was a way to use up bread that would otherwise go stale. Dipping it in egg makes it taste better. When the Brits came over from England they brought the popular dish with them.

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Ever wonder what the history of French Toast is?

What kind of bread is best for French Toast?

You may wonder what type of bread is the best for French Toast. Since the taste of cinnamon and the egg batter should be absorbed and come through in the taste, you definitely want to use a type of bread that doesn’t have a strong taste, like rye, or nothing that is already sweetened. Duh. But beyond that, a common type of bread that is used is sourdough for French Toast recipes. Many people also like to use Challah bread. I enjoy a Challah French Toast because it seems to act like a sponge and absorb the batter quite well. I must admit once a long time ago when me and my husband were craving French toast, the only bread we had was hot dog buns! We used them and I kid you not, it was delicious. Try it next time you get a hankering for French Toast!

1892 East’s Crispy French Toast

6 eggs
1 cup half and half
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups cornflakes
1 cup crumbled palmiers (you can substitute 1 extra cup cornflakes)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
Oil for deep-frying
4 slices sourdough bread, cut into ¾-inch slices
Apple topping (see recipe below)

In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, half and half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to form the batter.

In a food processor, grind the cornflakes with the palmiers and powdered sugar to a coarse, sandy texture.

Heat the oil in a wide pot or deep fryer until it reaches 350 degrees.

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Is it the batter or the toppings that make this copycat French Toast recipe so delicious?

While the oil is heating, start preparing the French toast: Dip the bread in the batter to soak, then press the soaked bread into the crust mixture on both sides to form a good coating. Place the bread in the fryer, careful not to crowd, and fry until the crust is golden-brown, about 2 minutes.

Drain the French toast on paper towels to remove any excess oil, then arrange on a plate and top with apples and a dusting of powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Apple Topping for the most amazing French Toast

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Don’t sleep on this apple fruit topping for this French Toast!!

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
Salt
2 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch

 

In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and a pinch of salt over low heat. Cook, stirring until the apples are tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes. While the apples are cooking, combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture to the apples and increase the heat to high, stirring until the liquid bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and hold in a warm place.

Of course, you don’t have to make this French Toast recipe with apples, you could try a peach topping or maybe even a pear topping. I wonder how using Mangoes in this French Toast recipe would enhance it? The sky’s the limit!

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Serves 4

Source: LA Times

So, if you are hosting a brunch anytime soon, why not try this decadent French Toast Recipe? It is sure to dazzle even the most harshest brunch critics!

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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