Japanese-Inspired French Toast

Tested Recipe with Slight Adjustment Adapted from Cooking with Dog

Japanese-inspired French Toast

Ingredients:

3 slices of baguette (2.5cm/1″ thick)
10g butter, unsalted

Custard mixture:

1 egg
1/2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp milk or soy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Garnishing:

Kinako, roasted soybean flour (omitted)
Kuromitsu, Japabese sugar syrup made from kurozato also known as black sugar (I’ve used maple syrup instead)
Strawberry, orange or kiwi fruit
Ice cream or gelato (I’ve used vanilla ice-cream garnish with mint leaves)

Preparation Instructions:

First, let’s make the custard mixture. Beat the egg thoroughly. Make sure the chopstick scrape the bottom of the bowl to avoid creating unwanted foam. Add the sugar. And stir to dissolve. Then, add the milk and the vanilla extract. Combine all the ingredients evenly. You can also use soy milk instead of the regular milk. Place 2 and a half centimetre thick slices of baguette in a tray and pour the custard mixture over them. Make sure both sides are completely soaked with the custard mixture. Let the bread sit for 3 to 5 minutes. With tongs, squeeze each baguette and then flip it over. The squeezing will help it absorb the custard mixture quickly. Then, let the bread sit for about 5 more minutes.

Now, let’s make the French toast. Heat the pan on low heat and add the unsalted butter. When the butter is completely melted, place the baguette slices into the pan. A tip to presenting a beautifully browned surface is to toast the top side first. Cover and cook on low heat until the bottom is deliciously browned. Now flip them over. As for the other side, cook on low heat without replacing the lid. When both sides are golden brown, arrange the French toast onto a plate. The strawberry looks great as a garnish but orange or kiwi fruit can also be used. Spoon the ice cream next to the French toast. Sprinkle on the kinako, roasted soybean flour. Finally, drizzle on the Kuromitsu syrup.

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