It’s funny how impressed people are when you make French toast; I get many more “wows” when I make this than when I make pancakes or waffles, for instance, but French toast is so much simpler! This recipe is delicious and only requires four ingredients, plus oil for the pan. But don’w worry, it can be our little secret. Make this and you will have a happy crowd, guaranteed. And if your guests are not so into vegan food, don’t even tell them its vegan – they will have no idea. Serve with fresh berry sauce and maple syrup.
- Loaf of French bread or sourdough bread (I use pre-cut Bread Alone sourdough, it saves time and comes out great)
- 1 cup almond milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- Canola oil or coconut oil for frying toast
Slice bread into 1-inch rounds, or if your bread is pre-sliced skip this step.
Mix the milk and cornstarch in a wide bowl. Whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the chickpea flour and mix until mostly dissolved; it’s okay if there are a few lumps.
Heat a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil to coat pan.
Soak bread slices two at a time (or as many as will fit in your pan) in the mixture, making sure you get all parts of the bread immersed in the mixture. Cook each slice for about two minutes, a little longer on each side if they are not brown enough. They should come out golden and crisp, with dark brown spots, as pictured.
- The bread is supposed to be a bit stale, but it still comes out fine if it is not (I never use stale bread). If you have the time, you can make it “stale” by leaving slices out overnight or putting them in a 350° F oven for just a few minutes to dry them out.
- You can find chickpea flour all over these days, but especially at middle eastern grocery stores or health food stores.
- I have tried adding vanilla and cinnamon to this recipe, but the tastes are overpowered by the maple syrup, so I don’t find this step necessary.