The official survival food of America. The idea of French toast “supplies” as being required to weather a storm was born out of New England in 1978. For whatever reason during and after the Great New England Blizzard of ’78 stores could not keep bread, egg, or milk in stock. Those are the 3 core ingredients for French toast! The idea of this as survival food has become a bit of a legend now and is a running joke in the city of Kirkland in Washington state.
This recipe is a lower calorie version that negates using sugar.
Malcontent French Toast:
4 slices extra thick white bread – preferably left out to get slightly stale
1/2 cup 1% milk
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (or apple pie spice, or cinnamon)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of butter or, to reduce calories, cooking spray
In a bowl beat the egg, milk, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a small pinch of salt together. Beat just until the egg yoke and whites have combined.
Pour the mixture into a flat bottomed dish or bowl. An 8X8 baking pan would be ideal.
Preheat a griddle or large nonstick frying pan on medium to medium-high heat.
Dredge the bread in the egg mixture, flip, and dredge the other side. Be careful not to let the bread soak.
Melt the butter in the pan, do not burn. You can substitute cooking spray for butter to reduce calories further.
Place the dredge bread onto the pan. Allow to brown, about two minutes, and then flip over. Cook on the other side for about two minutes and flip again. Cook for another 60 to 90 seconds to desired brownness, don’t burn.
Serve immediately with fresh fruit, or syrup, or powdered sugar and whipped cream.
For this recipe, we used Trader Joe’s Organic White Bread, which is 90 calories a slice.
One serving is 1-1/2 slices is 222 calories
With two eggs over easy to over hard-cooked with cooking spray, two Johnsville Chicken Breakfast sausage links, and 1/3 cup of mixed berries, a full french toast breakfast is yours for 492 calories.
The meal as pictured in the video with two slices of French toast, sunnyside up egg, two strips of thick cut bacon, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/3 of a cup of blackberries, black coffee, and coconut creamer is 555 calories.