Doughnut French Toast

My weaknesses are mainly savoury - think salt and vinegar crisps/potato chips or cheese and biscuits/crackers - but there are times when[ only a doughnut will do. This can get desperate late at night when the shops are shut, and even if they weren't, none of them sell the kind of doughnuts I dream of. This is my way of assuaging my appetite, appeasing my need or, perhaps more accurately, feeding my addiction. Hot chocolate on the side is always worth considering, but just - just! - by itself this is sublime succour.]

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup full fat milk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 slices from a small white loaf or 2 slices from a large white loaf, each large slice cut in half
  • 1 -ounce butter, plus a drop flavourless oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Directions

Beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla in a wide shallow bowl.

Soak the bread halves in the eggy mixture for 5 minutes a side.

Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan/skillet, fry the egg-soaked bread until golden and scorched in parts on both sides.

Put the sugar onto a plate and then dredge the cooked bread until coated like a sugared doughnut.


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    The French toast is good for breakfast and I made this 5 times mainly breakfast and snack and its very delicious and you can taste the vanilla extract In the French toast.
    The non-sugary toast itself had basically no flavor. If I wanted something drenched in sugar I would've just eaten straight sugar. That was the only thing giving this french toast any taste and it wasn't worth it.
    For reference, it isn't drenched in sugar, but lightly coated... a la a sugar donut, if you've had one. Much less sugar than a glaze, no?
    I almost swooned when I tasted this. It was fast and easy and really did taste just like those sugary, grainy, bun-shaped doughnuts! And the sauce was reminiscent of yummy fruit filling... but better, because it's mostly real fruit!
    Great for quick and easy breakfast or snack.. very good with potato or oatmeal bread..
    I used day old sourdough loaf bread and only used 3 tsp of vanilla essence, lite milk and added a couple of tsps of cinnamon to coat with the sugar and they were absolutely beautiful. My family loved them. I didn't soak the bread for 5 minutes, not even 1 minute. For those looking for a quick, inexpensive dessert or breakfast this recipe is a must.
    I loved this and melted sugar free Smucker's Strawberry Preserves in the microwave on pour on top :) yuuummmmm
    This one's free. Unless your child is DRINKING the vanilla there is no danger, the alcohol COOKS OFF in the skillet! Of course you'll smell it....BEFORE it's cooked. Try giving the stuff a whiff AFTER you cook it....there ya go....
     
     
     
    I have perfected this recipe, I believe, by adding a dash of salt in the egg mixtures, using 3 eggs, and mixing a couple of teaspoons of high quality cocoa powder i.e. Valrhona unsweetened, into the sugar mix. This gives the toast a nice dark, chocolaty crust when it melts with the sugar. I usually leave the toast in the sugar mix for 30 seconds and then flip it over and spread the power over both sides.
    I tried this recipe and my whole family LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! Was unbelievably easy and delicious!! As for the comments regarding the soaking of the bread - if you watched the episode you will notice Nigella uses a piece of THICK bread, which is also dried out - that is where the soaking for 5 minutes comes from. If you use standard American bread, then obviously you will have to adjust accordingly. As for the vanilla containing too much alcohol for children, that is an easy fix if you are that concerned about it....but I wouldnt be. I used thick slices of italian bread and left them out to "stale" up for a bit, soaked them using the recipe and used the viewers posting to make the sauce - was fantastic!! My whole family loved it.
    And to the woman who ranted about the alcohol for her children... If you're not up to realizng that vanilla has a high alcohol content and then futher not able to translate that into how much you'll ingest, I would suggest you give up cooking altogether.
    I watched the show that this recipe was in before going to sleep and even dreamed of it. I made it as soon as I woke up and wasn't disappointed. Use the full amount of all ingredients, soak the bread for 5 mins each side and make sure that you cook the toast fully on each side. It was superb and I will be making this over and over again! As a Gluten Free eater I was able to substitute my gluten free millet & flax bread and felt like I was eating a forbidden food. Thank you Nigella!
    THIS RECIPE SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING - ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS PROHIBITED BY ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21!!!! 
     
    I got this recipe out of Women's World magazine and since my 17 month old daughter likes French Toast, I thought I would try it (who doesn't like a doughnut?!?!?). 
    After making this, I thought I should try it first to see how the flavor was before giving to my daughter. It's a good thing I did!!! The alcohol flavor in this was overwhelming! 
    I had to look at the recipe again to make sure I added the ingredients correctly...I did.  
    4 tsps of Vanilla is WAY TOO MUCH for this recipe. 
    If I ever made this again (which I probably won't) I would use 3 eggs and 2 tsps of vanilla. 
    I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RECIPE FOR CHILDREN THE WAY THAT IT IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN!!!!
    I made this french toast after my husband got home from work one morning. I am always looking for easy recipes since we have 2 little kids. Everyone loved the berry topping! It was so fast and easy. Everyone wants me to add it into our regular rotation!
    Tell me Nigella have you ever soaked bread for 5 minutes? Obviously not! The vanilla made it taste like sour milk. Delete the vanilla and add cinammon and sugar and only soak bread for 3 seconds per side and you have the classic all american recipe for french toast. Sorry, try again. I may be just a little bitter for wasting all my ingredients. I followed your recipe only to have to call my dad and use his recipe. Thanks, but no thanks.
    This was so quick & easy. I didn't soak it for the full 5 minutes and I put a little bit of cinnamon in with the sugar and it was wonderful!!
    I saw Nigella's show this morning and had all of the fixings to make this dish. Boy was I glad. I added other berries to the "jam" mixture and it was so yummy. Thank you to a previous reviewer for the recipe for the "jam". It was omitted from Nigella's french toast recipe.
    This was pretty good. After i soaked my french toast i used the little bit of the egg mixture i had left to soak another piece. I liked the one that i didnt soak as long. The one that had been soaked for the right amount of time was a little too eggy for me and i wouldn't like having as much vanilla. All in all it was pretty good though. If i made it again i would have less vanilla and soak it less.
    One of the first things things I learned to cook was traditional french toast. So, when I saw this show, I was very excited to try to make this. I made it for a friend and I for brunch and it was exactly the comfort food we were looking for and it's so easy. Thanks for a great recipe.
    I'm not a big maple fan so the suger coating and strawberry sause is a great option. I made with homemade bread, supper yummy!
    This is such a great quick breakfast idea! I made it for my family and it was all devoured. I made it with cream cheese and strawberry jam topping
    HOW QUICK, EASY, AND ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS THIS RECIPE WAS. I USED A LOAF OF LOUISIANA FRENCH BREAD SLICED THICK AND LET IT SOAK UP THE GREAT EGG MIXTURE. CRISPY ON THE OUTSIDE, SOFT ON THE INSIDE. MMM GOOD, ESPECIALLY WITH LOUISIANA STRAWBERRIES I FROZE FROM THE SUMMER. THAWED IN THE MICROWAVE AND WHILE SLIGHTLY WARM PUREED THEM WITH THE POWDERED SUGAR..WITH A SLICE OF BACON AND HOT LOUISIANA COFFEE....MY L.S.U. DAUGHTER SLOWLY WOKE UP ON A SLEEPY, AFTER CHRISTMAS SATURDAY,WALKED DOWN THE STAIRS INTO THE KITCHEN AND WAS GREETED WITH THIS SWEET LATE BREAKFAST. THANKS FOR THE IDEA. I WAS THE "GREATEST MOM EVER" THIS SATURDAY. KATIE LEITHEAD -LAKE CHARLES, LA
    I actually used my favorite Smucker's Red Raspberry Jam. I just heated it up in the microwave and poured it over the doughnut. YUMMY!!!!
     
     
    I was making french toast for my family and did a test piece of this...we ended up making the whole batch this way. This is a simple twist that tastes amazing! I added a little cinnamon with the sugar.
    ... I don't know if it was because I actually soaked the bread for as long as the recipe suggested or the amount of vanilla, but it was so, so, good!
     
     Texture's best fresh - so crisp outside but puffy and tasty!
    I made this recipe mainly out of curiosity. The doughnuts were delicious - my husband and I devoured them! Thanks Nigella!
    This french toast is to die for! The Strawberry sauce is as follows. Handful of strawberries in a blender. Add powder sugar to taste (1/4 C or less depending on how sweet your strawberries are). Add a little squeeze of fresh lemon, blend. I am going to use raspberries next time, because thats my husbands favorite.
    We loved the french toast but I couldn't remember the amounts of ingredients for the strawberry sauce after I watched the show. Suprised to not find the sauce with the recipe. Does anyone remember the recipe for the sauce???????????
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! Just make it, thats all I have to say!
    We make french toast often and serve it with a red current sauce but the addition of the sugar was wonderful and it did taste like a good jelly doughnut. It was nice not to have to leave home to go for a doughnut. This is a keeper.
    It's nutty how much this tastes like a doughnut. I was out of milk and actually substituted a bit of sour cream and a bit of yoghurt. It was terrific. No sauce needed.
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