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Here’s How To Make French Toast Mind-Blowingly Delicious

Here’s How To Make French Toast Mind-Blowingly Delicious

When most people think of French toast, they probably think of vaguely soggy, eggy bread that’s fried and then served with some sort of syrup to mask the damp factor. Personally, I’ve always gravitated towards savory French toast, but whether you’ve added some herbs and salt to your eggy batter, or doused the end product in jam and powdered sugar, it’s really all the same underneath, isn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be. To anyone who has ever crammed mediocre French toast in their face and then bemoaned how awful the stuff is, I say this: STUFF IT!

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Making stuffed French toast is easy and fun, and you get to choose what kind of flavor profile you’d like. This breakfast dish doesn’t have to be relegated to the sidelines of cheap buffets ever again! Here’s our no-fail ‘how-to’ for how to make French toast:

Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients:

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  • One loaf of your favorite bread, unsliced
  • Eggs (estimate one extra-large egg per sandwich)
  • Butter or margarine
  • Your filling of choice (options will be listed below)

With a serrated knife, slice hunks of bread that are approximately equivalent to two individual slices … so, maybe an inch and a half thick. Set these aside, and prepare your filling.

Using that same serrated knife, cut down the center of each thick bread slice as though dividing it into two slices, but stop when you’re about half an inch from the bottom. Hold the two halves apart and stuff the inside with your filling of choice. Whether your filling is spreadable or more substantial, be generous with it: this isn’t diet food. (Granted, this isn’t “let’s have this every weekend” food either, so it’s best to only make this dish on special occasions, or when you’re not being neurotic about your calorie intake.)

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Crack your eggs into a large-yet-shallow bowl and beat them with a whisk or large fork until they’re well combined. I like to add a tablespoon or so of milk to this mixture, but that’s entirely your call. If you’re making savory stuffed toast, feel free to add a pinch of Herbes de Provence or other favorite dried herbs to this mixture. For sweet toast, a sprinkle of cinnamon works with just about everything.

Heat a bit of butter or margarine in a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. When it’s a lovely golden brown and starting to bubble, take your closed bread pocket, dip it quickly into the eggy mixture (so that it’s coated, but not saturated), and then drop it into the pan. If you’re making more than one, repeat the process until you’ve filled the pan with sandwiches, taking note of which was added first. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until you can see that the edges have browned, then use a spatula to flip it/them over, beginning with the first one that was dropped into the pan. Fry that until the bottoms are as brown as the tops, and serve immediately. If desired, have some maple or agave syrup handy for your sweet toast, or salt and pepper shakers available if you’ve made them savory.

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Filling Ideas

What you choose to stuff into your French toast is entirely up to you, so you have free rein to pack in any flavor combination that you love. When I was a child, my favorite combination was Cheez Whiz and pickles on raisin bread (much to my parents’ disgust), which just goes to prove that tastes are indeed unique to individuals. This is your opportunity to go nuts and create something that’ll make your toes curl. Just take note that not everyone will share your tastes, so it’s best to ask others what they’d like if you’re cooking for a group.

Sweet:

  • Cream cheese with strawberry jam and/or fresh strawberry slices
  • Peanut butter and Nutella
  • Apple pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Nutella with sliced bananas
  • Cream cheese mixed with lemon juice and sugar
  • Clotted cream with blueberry jam
  • Peanut (or other nut) butter with your favorite jam/jelly

Savory:

  • Brie or Camembert with sliced pears
  • Grated sharp cheddar with caramelized onions and/or fried mushrooms
  • Brie and avocado
  • Hummus with roasted red pepper
  • Pesto and sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced ham and grated cheese
  • Crispy bacon and a fried egg
  • Grilled asparagus and lemon aioli

Now that you’re undoubtedly drooling into your lap, you can take these ideas and make them your own. If you come up with a great flavor combination, please share it with us in the comments below!

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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