For these French toast bites you will need;
- 4 slices of thickly sliced fresh bread (the only time I condone eating white bread is when it is freshly baked)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 a cup of coconut milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice...however these are coconut bites so attempt to stick to the theme if possible)
- 1 tablespoon of self raising flour
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
Start by lightly toasting your bread. Put it on the lowest possible setting on the toaster; you want them crisp but not brown. Once toasted, cut each slice into 4 squares then set aside. By toasting the bread first, you avoid much of the dreaded sogginess you may associate with badly done eggy bread. Shoutout to my dad for always making an excellent batch of savoury french toast.
Melt your butter (about 10 seconds in the microwave) and whisk it together with the milk, self raising flour, cinnamon and coconut sugar. It may take a little extra work to smooth out the lumps of flour and as I have the upper body strength of a foetus, I had Tom help me out. When you are happy the mixture is smooth, crack in the two eggs and carry on whisking.
Heat up your pan of choice with a teaspoon of coconut oil (or butter if you wish) and leave it on a medium heat. Dip the squares into the mixture lightly, making sure that they are well covered but not heavily saturated...I'm assuming you don't want soggy bites. Pop them into the pan, flipping them every few minutes to make sure they are properly cooked. You will want the outsides crisp and browned and the insides fluffy.
When they are ready, stack them up on a plate and garnish as necessary. I sprinkled a little icing sugar on mine and added some raspberries. Then I remembered how sorry for myself I was feeling and added some golden syrup. As you can see, the outside is bronzed with the sugar and cinnamon but the inside is still light and fluffy.
Tom cooked his in butter and chose mango as a topping. Of course you can add whatever your heart desires...shredded coconut, maple syrup, whipped cream, blueberries, more cinnamon...go the full hog.
And now it's time for me to return to my Real Housewives of Beverly Hills marathon armed with a green juice (I cannot believe I've only just started watching this show, it's right up my alley). Maybe I'll find the energy to do some yoga later or maybe I'll just make another batch of these. It's all about balance my dears.