Friday, 11 January 2013

Savoury French Toast with Tomato and Red Onion Sauce

Tonight I made the best ever savoury French Toast with Tomato and Red Onion Sauce, and it was super yummy. You know when you eat a meal and want to eat it again because it was so yummy? Well this French Toast was one of those meals! It's crispy on the outside and fluffy and quiche like in the middle. I can see this becoming a new favourite in our house! 
Now in the past I have tried to make french toast before and along with a rubbish pan that wasn't non-stick enough (I got a new Ecolution non-stick pan for Christmas and it is a dream!) and I made the batter to runny. This recipe for the batter may seem thick but trust me it is delicious and pretty simple to make. The longest bit is leaving the bread in the pan long enough to get that lovely golden crunchy outside! I would recommend popping an oven proof dish in the oven too, (before you start frying) and whacking up the heat to keep each slice warm and crisp and then serving them all up at once!

Tomato and Onion Sauce:
1 Red Onion sliced into strips
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
Pinch of Salt
1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 Tsp of Sugar
1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
Glug of Olive Oil
1/2 Cup of Fresh Cherry Tomatoes for later

In a pan fry the onions until golden then add the tin of tomatoes, salt, oregano, sugar and balsamic and allow to reduce by half. Check the seasoning and then pop to one side. You should have a very thick and rich tomato sauce which would also be amazing with pasta!

Now make your French Toast!

Savoury French Toast:
6 Slices of White day old Bread
1 Carton of Silken Tofu
4 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
Good Pinch of Salt and Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp of Dried Mixed Herbs
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
2 Tbsp of Soya Milk
Olive Oil to fry

In a bowl add all the ingredients (except the bread) and whisk to make a thick paste which has some texture but is pretty smooth. Take each slice of bread and coat with the batter. Take your non-stick pan and when really hot add a 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Gently place a slice of the batter dipped bread into the pan and stand back a bit as the oil can spit!!!!! Don't be tempted to turn it over for at least a minute, gently lift the bread and check that it is a rich golden colour, if it isn't leave it to cook for another minute or so. Then flip and repeat with the other side. When browned on both sides, transfer it to our heated oven dish, add another 1/2 tsp of olive oil and start on the next slice of bread until you have cooked them all.

Just added to the pan.
Nicely browned!
Once you have cooked all the slices, take the remaining cherry tomatoes cut them in half and quickly brown them in the pan, these will give a lovely texture with the tomato sauce! Now plate up! Cut the french toast in triangles, spoon over the sauce and add the browned cherry tomatoes on top! And eat! X

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