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COOKBOOK: David Bitton - French Inspired Cookbook

I love French toast when it carries a lot of flavour and has that toastie look. This was just the perfect recipe for just that! The combination of vanilla seeds and cinnamon was just perfect. I made this on a special day when I had a number of guests stay overnight and I recall having to make many more! The demand was heavy!

French toast is a recipe that dates back to medieval times. It was used by the poorer people to use up their stale bread which turned into a treat for many at the end of the week. In France this dish is called ‘Pain Perdu” meaning ‘lost bread’. There are now many different varieties in to how to make French toast, this one is my favourite!




Serves 4

4 eggs

2 vanilla pods, split and scrape seeds

100ml cream

3 tablespoons caster sugar

4 tablespoons cinnamon

8 tablespoons butter

8 think pieces of thick white bread (better to be two or three days old)

4 tablespoons maple syrup

4 handfuls of strawberries, cleaned and cut in half

Whisk the eggs, vanilla seeds and cream. Combine the caster sugar and the cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Place a non stick frying pan on medium heat and add a tablespoon of butter to melt (1 tablespoon for frying each toast)

Dip a sliced piece of bread into the egg mixture. Make sure it doesn’t get too soggy and fall apart. Place it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Turn and cover other side of toast, then place directly in the frying pan. Fry until golden on each side. Repeat with the rest of the pieces of bread.

Serve French toast on a serving place, drizzle with maple syrup and a handful of strawberries

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