Pumpkin Spice French Toast

IMG_20170903_083257_713When Starbucks send out an email telling you Pumpkin Spice is soon to be back on the menu, you know that it is time to start formulating pumpkin everything. If you want you can check out my version of a Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte smoothie, or an easy Pumpkin Bread recipe, or a Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal with Cheat’s Salted Caramel, but this year we’re making Pumpkin Spice French Toast.

I know the amount of spice in pumpkin spice is a pretty personal thing, so in this recipe you’ll be adding as much or as little as you like. You won’t need a tonne of different spices either, just ground cinnamon, and ground mixed spice. They do all of the work for you. I mention this below, but I really do recommend you try get hold of soda farls to make this. I got mine from Asda when I did the weekly food shop, and they’re great buttered with soup, so trust me, you will use the rest of the pack up.

Let’s go:

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Avocado, Mushroom & Mustard French Toast

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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/

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Pear & Almond-Chia "Cream" French Toast


I’m not entirely sure when French toast became a thing here in the UK, but it most definitely is. Literally every brunch spot I walk into now does French toast. So I decided it was time for me to jump onto the band wagon…

Today I have an incredibly easy and healthy take on French toast, that is perfect if you want a lazy Sunday brunch, or even to refuel after the gym. Though you prepare the almond & chia “cream” -think a super thick, rich chia pudding- the night before, this dish still only requires minimal prep and cooking time. It’s got a good balance of carbs (your bread and the pear), fats (the chia seeds and almond butter), and protein (the chia seeds, almond butter, yoghurt, and the egg whites)- plus one of your 5 a day (the pear, again). Using a minimal amount of oil to fry the toast also keeps it leaner than the deep fried, and maple syrup drenched, versions you’ll find in restaurants- although do feel free to add a cheeky drizzle of maple syrup if you feel like it…


Ingredients

  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1tsp runny honey
  • 1 large pear, sliced
  • 2tbsp natural, or Greek, yoghurt
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • 2tsp chia seeds
  • Cinnamon, to taste
    Vegan? Allergic to egg? – In place of the egg, simply mash 1/2 of an extra ripe banana until very smooth, and then whisk with the milk, and 1/4 tsp baking powder. Use this to soak your bread.

    Method
    • Before we get on with the toast, make your almond & chia cream: combine the yoghurt, chia seeds, honey, and the almond butter in a small bowl, then place into the fridge to chill overnight.
    • Once you’re ready for your French toast whisk together the egg and milk in a large bowl.
    • Place a pan onto a medium/high heat, and add some spray oil/coconut oil/olive oil. Allow this to heat up while completing the next step…
    • Soak one slice of bread in the egg mixture, and then carefully sluice off any residue, before placing into the pan. Sprinkle cinnamon onto the one side of the bread whilst it cooks, then flip and repeat.
    • While your toast is getting a suntan, take a microwavable dish, and chuck in the pear slices, along with 1tbsp water. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the pear slices are tender.
    • When both slices of the French toast are golden transfer it to a plate, and then top the toast with the pear, and the almond-chia cream. Dig in…