French Toast was one of the first breakfast foods I learned how to make when I was learning how to cook (a.k.a. less than 3 years ago). The only way to mess up is by burning the toast, and if you do, you can just make more of the egg mixture in less than a minute. It’s such a quick meal, too, so you can sleep in and still make it in time for brunch.
I also love making French Toast because it has so many topping options. Sugar, butter, maple syrup, blueberry syrup, raspberry jam, nutella, cinnamon… *food coma*
Recently, I made this french toast recipe for some friends who were staying over while visiting Colorado.Although I didn’t cut the toast in hearts – which I think actually does add some extra sweetness to it, oddly enough – they loved them just the same. One of my friends actually grabbed some chocolate covered raisins, put them on the french toast, and covered it with more toast to make a sandwich.
If I wasn’t afraid of the impending doom I’ll be facing at the dentist soon, I definitely would’ve given that one a try. But in the meantime, the strawberry vanilla topping in this recipe is a delectable substitute. Considering that Valentine’s is a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect simple breakfast to get the day started with your Valentine.
I hope you all enjoy my first recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup milk (I used whole milk)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 6 slices thick white bread
- ⅓ cup strawberry jam
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- strawberries, sliced (optional)
- maple syrup (optional)
- mint (optional)
- confectioner's sugar (optional)
- Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Coat the entire pan with the butter. (If any of the toast touches part of the pan that isn't coated in butter, it'll stick to the pan and tear when you try to flip.)
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt. Use a knife or shears to cut the toast into heart shapes. Dredge both sides of each slice in the mixture, then gently place in the pan. Cook until very golden, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- In the meantime, make the topping by combining the jam and vanilla in a small bowl.
- Plate the toast and top with the jam mixture. If you'd like (I know I do!), add strawberries, maple syrup, mint, and confectioner's sugar.
Looking for another Valentine’s recipe? Try Valentine’s Fruit Parfaits!
You can also use the rest of your eggs with Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding with Lemon Glaze.