Food: Easy French toast

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I upcycled this gorgeous lap tray for the lovely folks at Laura Ashley and I couldn't not put food on it. I'm bored of pancakes (our children ask for the fluffy ones every weekend) and I wanted something quicker and simpler so I went for an easy French toast recipe.

One of the first things I ever learned to cook as a child was eggy bread, which I ate sprinkled with sugar - so French toast is really just a fancy version of that. This quick version is light and fluffy - it's made from store cupboard staples too which is so handy when you haven't done a food shop on Saturday morning. I love it served with fresh berries and a drizzling of maple syrup.

To make your own you will need:

150ml (1/4 pint) whole milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 slices of standard white bread - I don't use the completely plasticky stuff - but a mini sliced farm house style loaf will do - no need for fancy bread for this recipe.
Butter for frying
Berries and maple syrup to serve

Serves 4 - 1 slice of French toast per person


Whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Melt some butter in a small frying pan over a low heat - not super low, but just above the lowest flame (if that makes any sense?). Dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture leave it for 30 seconds and then flip it over. Lift into the pan with a spatula and gently fry for 2-3 minutes until golden. Turn over and cook the other side for another 2 minutes until golden, fluffy and cooked through. Repeat with the other slices. Cut each slice in half diagonally, stack and pile with berries. Drizzle over the maple syrup.

Why not treat someone to breakfast in bed this weekend - it would be kind you know - she'd really appreciate it.