French toast is such a great dish to make for a group breakfast because it is quick and simple, and everyone can customize their toppings. It can be made in a healthy way if you are conscious of your ingredients, which is great. I love making French toast with little twists to make it more unique, so this summer I made tahini French toast for my family and it was a hit with everyone. I added a few spoonfuls of tahini halvah spread that was sent to me from Sweet Tahini, and is delicious! It is made with just sesame seeds and raw honey, and the tahini infused the French toast with a delicious nutty taste while the whole sesame seeds added a nice crunchy texture.
When I make French toast, I generally eyeball the batter amounts because it doesn’t have to be exact, which is nice. In general, I use 1 egg and about ½ cup milk for a few slices of bread, but it also depends on the size of the dish you are soaking the bread in. You want to use a dish that is wide enough to fit the bread slices, but small enough that the batter mixture covers the bread completely so it soaks evenly. When making a large batch of French toast, it can be a bit hard to know how many eggs and cups of milk to use, but you can always add more in as you go, just try to keep the ratio approximately consistent. The eggs and milk are the main part of the batter - the rest is just flavoring and spices.
(for about 2 slices of bread)
½ cup milk
1-2 tbsp tahini
1-2 tbsp honey (optional if there is already honey in your tahini like the one I used)
Splash of vanilla extract
About ⅛ tsp almond extract
Dash (about ¼ tsp) each of: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice
Slices of bread
1. Whisk the batter ingredients together, and pour into a relatively shallow dish.
2. Place bread slices in the dish and let them soak in the batter for at least a few minutes.
3. Heat a skillet with some butter or cooking oil over medium heat.
4. Place the battered bread in the skillet, cook for a few minutes until done on one side, then flip and cook.
5. Enjoy with more tahini and with some delicious summer fruits! Gotta enjoy those peaches and berries while they last before their season is over!
Vegetarian, gluten free (if use gluten free bread)
Note: I used sourdough bread for these French toasts, which is my sister's new favorite after she discovered that she can eat it even though she has a severe gluten allergy! We learned that the way sourdough is made means people with gluten allergies can usually eat it, which is cool.