Here in Yorkshire we actually call this “eggy bread”. But that name never quite fits with a sweet recipe- I can’t imagine my Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast sounding appetising as Blueberry Cheesecake Eggy Bread (either way, it is delicious. Recipe right here: https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/blueberry-cheesecake-french-toast/). Also, my dad’s cooking has left me with bad associations with the term “eggy bread”. It was always greasy and tasted way too eggy (I would say sorry dad, but you know I know you’re an awful cook). Actually, my dad’s cooking has probably left me scarred for life.
However, a savoury French toast could also lead a double life as an eggy bread. As this is the first savoury French toast I think I’ve shared a recipe for, I wanted to get that random eggy bread/French toast discussion out there.
This is a great savoury recipe, which is easy and filling, and suitable for vegetarians. If you’re a vegan and know of a way to make French toast without egg, then its great for you too. Meat eaters: don’t shy away just because of a lack of meat, this is perfect for a Meatless Monday meal. I actually think you’ll enjoy it a lot. The mustard is completely optional, but I think you need the kick that this and the chilli provides to cut through that creamy avocado.
If you’re looking for even more French toast/eggy bread recipes, then here are a couple of links to more ideas on this blog:
Pear & Almond Chia “Cream” French Toast – https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/pear-almond-chia-cream-french-toast/
Sweet Cinnamon & Banana French Toast – https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/healthy-sweet-cinnamon-banana-french-toast-vegan-friendly/
Peanut Butter, Banana & Berry French Toast – https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/vegan-peanut-butter-banana-berry-stuffed-french-toast/
With that said, let’s get started on today’s recipe….
- 2 slices sourdough bread (this is a great way to use up bread that’s slightly stale, or that you’ve defrosted in the microwave; it absorbs the liquid more easily, and isn’t as delicate)
- 2 egg whites + splash of milk of choice + black pepper + salt +white pepper
- 1/2 large ripe avocado
- 4-5 mushrooms, sliced
- Chilli flakes & Italian herbs, to taste
- Wholegrain mustard, to taste
- Non-stick pan spray
- Place a pan over a high heat, and spray with non-stick.
- Take one slice of the sourdough, and dip it into the egg white and milk mix; allow it to soak up the mixture before lifting it from the egg white, and removing any excess mixture.
- Place into the pan, along with the mushrooms, and allow to brown on one side before flipping it over and browning the other side. Plate up, leaving the mushrooms in the pan and adding chilli flakes and Italian herbs to taste.
- Re-spray the pan if needed (avoiding the mushrooms), and then repeat with the other slice of bread.
- Whilst that slice of bread is frying, mash the avocado and add to the top of the toast already plated up. Throw the mushrooms over the avocado.
- Finish up by placing the final slice of French toast on top of the stack, followed by a dollop of mustard, some salt, pepper, and extra chilli flakes…
OPTIONAL! Why not spread the mustard onto the final slice of toast and make a French toast sandwich?