Upgraded French Toast

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So, usually whenever I make french toast I would whisk the egg, soak the bread, fry and drizzle with maple syrup. It never occurred to me to add cinnamon or vanilla extract for an upgrade of flavours. Cinnamon is such a warming, sweet spice and really compliments the taste of French Toast. Cinnamon is not an ingredient I use often but works really well in tea, baking and breakfast foods. Vanilla extract on the other hand is an essential baking ingredient that I use all the time, perfect in cakes, cookies, brownies, biscuits and ice cream. Even though it’s something small, experimenting with new ingredients and trying new foods is a great way to expand the palette and get used to a range of flavours.

Recipe: Upgraded French toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil, for frying

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 tsp cinnamon

2 slices of bread

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • In a bowl, crack 2 eggs and whisk together along with the vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  • Cut the bread in half and soak each piece in the egg mixture before adding to the pan.
  • Fry on each side for 3-4 minutes, depending on how golden you want it to be.
  • Take out once fully cooked and drizzle with a little maple syrup. I added a strawberry for decoration.

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Homemade Flatbread

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I made flatbread alongside lentil and potato balls with a simple, side salad. This post features the flatbread which was really quick and easy to make. Flatbread is usually a winner with most people and the great thing is that you can often customise additional herbs to suit your taste, this could include oregano, thyme or parsley. I opted to keep my flatbread plain with a neutral taste that would over power the other components of the meal.

I always enjoy making dough based foods because of the kneading process which can be quite relaxing with a smooth dough. Also the 30 minute resting time allows you to take a break or prepare other ingredients you might need. Flatbread is very popular all around the world and has many different names, it is usually served with curries, stews and dips but makes a great side to most saucy dishes.

Recipe: Homemade flatbread (makes 2)

Ingredients

150g plain flour

Pinch of salt

25g butter, melted

60ml milk (or milk alternative)

1 tsp oil, for frying

Method

  • Mix the flour and salt into a large bowl. Melt the butter for 15-25 seconds in the microwave depending on the temperature, and stir into the milk.
  • Pour the milk and butter into the flour mix slowly and use a spoon to bring the ingredients together.
  • Once the dough starts forming, use your hands and knead the dough for a few minutes before putting back into the bowl covered with a tea towel or cling film for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and in the meantime, split the dough in half and roll out evenly.
  • It doesn’t have to be a perfect shape, but once its roughly 0.3cm thick, place in the pan and cook for 2 minutes max on both sides. It should still look quite pale but have brown circles across the top.
  • Once cooked, put onto a plate and wrap with a clean tea towel to keep warm and soft.

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Tiger Bloomer French Toast

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Today’s post is all about breakfast. I’ve made French toast using the most tasty tiger bread, thickly sliced with a seasoned crunchy crust. I love eating tiger bread for the flavour and it really makes the french toast. If ever you fancy something sweet for breakfast, this French toast will certainly hit the spot. It is served with a light sprinkling of sugar and a drizzle of syrup however, fresh berries would go down just as well.

This is not the most healthiest of breakfasts, its a little indulgent for most of us because of the icing sugar and maple syrup but the hope is that the protein from the eggs will keep us fuller for longer reducing the amount of unhealthy snacks consumed before the next meal.

Recipe: French Toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

2 slices of tiger bloomer

2 eggs

2 tbsp oil for frying

Sprinkle of icing sugar

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • Slice the bread in half and whisk the eggs together,
  • Place a slice of bread into the whisked egg one at a time and once the oil is hot put them into the frying pan.
  • Fry on a low to medium for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the edges.
  • Place the bread on a plate, sieve over a little icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Serve and eat whilst hot.

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Homemade Pitta Bread

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and safe.

Today’s recipe was one I had in mind to make shortly after we went into lockdown the first time back in March 2020. It was a while ago now but at the time everyone was making bread and I kept seeing yogurt and flour recipes everywhere. The thing I love about the ingredients is that you roughly need equal quantities of the flour and yogurt so its pretty simple. Another great thing is that this pitta bread recipe is unleavened, so it doesn’t require a raising agent which reduces the cooking time drastically.

Recipe: Homemade pitta bread (makes 16)

Ingredients

250g self raising flour

250g full-fat plain yogurt

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of dried oregano and thyme

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 and lightly oil 2 oven trays.
  • In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix to form a dough.
  • If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Knead for 5 minutes and roll out on a floured surface to 0.5cm thickness.
  • Use a cutter to cut out the pitta breads and place on the prepared tray.
  • Place in the oven and cook in the oven for 7-10 minutes.
  • Best eaten warm.

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Toast, Egg, Beans and Plantain

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I am posting one of my favourite meals for breakfast. This meal is very filling and perfect for a chilled morning when you are not in a rush because after eating you can just chill, relax and let the food settle. I often make this for myself on the weekend when I have more time in the mornings. This can be made in any order but I’ve left my method below. Also, anyone else mix their egg before frying? It’s a thing I’ve always done since I was young.

The eggs are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Wholemeal bread contains fibre and helps with digestion. Generally, baked beans tend to be quite sweet and salty but the actual bean itself is known for being a plant based source of protein. The easiest way to make this meal healthier is to use a non stick pan to avoid extra oil.

What are your favourite breakfast meals?

Recipe: Toast, egg, beans and plantain (serves 1)

Ingredients

Oil for frying

1/2 plantain

1 egg

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

2 slices of brown bread

Butter, for spreading

100g baked beans

Method

  • Heat some oil in a frying pan.
  • Then I like to peel and finely slice the plantain into circles.
  • Once the pan is hot enough start adding the plantain and cook on each side for a few minutes until golden brown. Once cooked, place onto a plate with kitchen paper to soak off the excess oil.
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk gently with a fork then add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Put the bread to toast and heat the beans in a pot.
  • Fry the egg on a low heat on both sides until cooked right through.
  • Once everything is cooked, put onto your plate and enjoy!

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