When I first arrived in the United States back in 2007, there were a ton of dishes which were pretty much unknown to me. I thought I had a broad vision about food around the world, but I never been so happy for being wrong. My God! I was lost in the food wilderness. Tacos, Ceasar salad, Alfredo pasta, cioppino, gazpacho, jambalaya, gumbo, boudin, cheesecake, french toast and many others.
I was lost but happy in this new country where there was so much to explore in the food world. I tried so many dishes from Mexican to Korean cuisine. Things I had never imagined in my life ended up making my stomach happier.
French toast was one of the things I really wanted to try. So we went to IHOP and I asked for the stuffed french toast they had on the menu. My expectations at this time were kind of low because I was not sure what to expect. Lets just say that the first bite was the one that set me free. A vanilla custard cream surround me in a way that was only familiar to me when my mom made sweet rice pudding. It was that comforting. Every once in a while I would go there just to try that french toast beauty again.
Many of the dishes I tried in the United States took me back home for hours and other resembled very much dishes done during Christmas time. One of them was the plain french toast. It took me time to realize that it was none other than “Fatias Douradas” or as we call it in Angola “Rabanadas”. Bread slices soaked in milk and egg and fried to perfection. So you know the dish of the day.
Apple and Cinnamon French Toast will make your weekdays and weekends much sweeter and sourish. I used a green apple to help balance the sweetness in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. You can actually use your favorite type of apple, it will come out really nice as well. Feel free to add maple syrup to your french toast, but with care. Pen ready 🙂
Apple & Cinnamon French Toast
- 3 brioche slices
- 1 egg
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 apple, sliced
- Maple syrup
Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set it aside.
Beat the egg and 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar in a separate bowl.
Once well beaten, add the milk and vanilla extract. Incorporate them well into the egg mixture.
Add 1 -2 tablespoon of butter to a pan and turn on the stove to medium heat.
Dip the slices into the egg and milk mixture. Soak the bread very well into the mixture to ensure full flavor.
Transfer the egg soaked slices into the hot butter. Fry each of them well, and flip the slices over. Remove them from the pan once the crust of the french toast sounds crunchy.
Place the french toasts into the sugar cinnamon mixture. Place it in a plate.
Add a tablespoon of sugar, butter into the pan. Allow the butter to warm up again and the sugar to caramelize a little. Maple syrup can be added to the recipe at this step.
The next step is to add the apple to the warm butter. Let the apples slices cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from the stove and place them on top of the french toast.
Easy dish to sweeten any day of the week. Enjoy it!
Until next time, Hungry People.