Baking & cooking with an enthusiastic amateur
My cooking tends to be quite dinner-heavy and dessert-heavy. As of me writing this, the only item in my “Brunch” category is mango lassi. Any single recipe, no matter how good, isn’t enough to carry an entire category! So when I was looking around my cupboards for ingredients for an easy dinner, I decided to go with the breakfast-for-dinner route and whip up some french toast.
I found the bread for this recipe for extremely cheap, marked half-off in our grocery store. For a loaf of regular whole wheat bread with 16 slices, I paid just $0.85! While I haven’t found such a section at Trader Joe’s, I’ve found that most chain groceries have an aisle or bins where they put food that’s been significantly marked down, usually to clear out discontinued products or to liquidate near-expired foods. The bread in this section is sometimes a tad stale, but usually still perfectly fine. As long as you eat it or freeze it right away, it’s a great deal! Besides, for a recipe like french toast, slightly stale bread works great!
Everything in this recipe is a staple in my pantry, with a possible exception of bread (which I did have this time due to the sale!) and apples. I sometimes forget to replenish my apple supply, but they last for weeks in the fridge, making them a great back-up fruit. I admit I’m more partial to strawberries and raspberries, but those are both more expensive and spoil more quickly.
Someday I will make a luscious, artery-clogging french toast with heavy cream and pumpkin bread and topped with bacon, but for now, an easy French toast topped with apples and tasting of cinnamon is just right!
Cinnamon French Toast
4-6 slices of bread, preferably whole wheat
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk (1%)
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
One recipe Cinnamon Apple Delight (optional, ice cream omitted)
Melt butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, mix together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Dip each piece of bread into the egg mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes per side in the butter, increasing the heat slightly if necessary to get each piece to turn golden brown. Serve topped with warm cinnamon apple delight or other preferred toppings.
Serves two people with 2-3 slices each. Calculations below are for 2 slices per person, excluding cinnamon apple delight (see On Tweaking below).
Cost per serving: $0.64, or $0.74 for bread at its regular price
Nutrition per serving: 431 calories, 17g fat, 51g carbohydrates, 21g protein, 4g fiber