Crispy French Toast

Recipe for French Toast

Author Notes: Savoury, crispy French toast. Salty, with a heavy kick of black pepper. This was one of my favorite Sunday breakfasts growing up, the smell of the toasts frying up a scent memory that still takes me back.

This fried bread I grew up eating, called khara pao (khara means “spicy”), is South Asia’s answer to French toast, typically served with a kicked-up tomato ketchup. My family was partial to black pepper, but I’ve seen turmeric, chili powder, cayenne and even cumin added. And South Asia’s not the only one that goes the savoury route. In other cultures, they do similar-style “eggy toasts” – Italy’s has mozzarella and tomato sauce, Russia’s is simple salt, egg and milk, and Hungary serves theirs with onions, tomatoes, ketchup and even mayonnaise…

This version is so ridiculously easy to make, and requires ingredients we all usually have on hand. I’m a savoury brunch person myself, and this is such a delicious alternative to the sweet version. The crispy, salty, pepper-heavy toast dipped in a cool, spicy, slightly sweet, tomato-ey ketchup is a truly heavenly combination that will quickly move into your go-to, I-have-leftover-bread-and-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it rotation. Breakfast or even as a mid-afternoon snack – enjoy! – aliyaleekong

5 eggs
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
Vegetable oil
8 (1/2″) slices day-old bread*, cut on the diagonal

Sriracha In a bowl or baking dish, beat together eggs with half-and-half, salt, pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Heat a medium or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cover the bottom of the skillet with vegetable oil and add a tablespoon or two of butter for taste. Dip the bread triangles into the egg batter, drain off any excess, and place straight into the hot pan. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side – you want to develop a golden-brown color and the texture should be crispier than traditional French toast. Place cooked toasts on a paper towel-lined plate or rack to drain. In a small bowl, mix together ketchup and hot sauce to your desired heat tolerance. Serve toasts warm with a side of the spicy ketchup. *I like to use a country or pullman loaf for this. You want it to stand up to the egg batter and not get mushy, so I always go for a day-old loaf.

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Le Fournil de Plett

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Homemade stock is a healthy and cost effective way to make sure all your dishes are packed full of flavour. Make it in bulk & freeze for future use! @lefournildeplett makes all of our soups and stock from scratch using seasonal produce for our daily soup specials. Today’s soup was lentil and lemon soup, best served with a slice of our bread next to the fireplace

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Mutton or lamb rogan josh originated in the Kashmir region of India where it is made with whole spices. The lamb, mutton or goat meat is stewed for a couple of hours with the spices including cockscomb which gives the curry its trademark red colour.

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