Going on a heart-healthy diet — something I really should do — before the Super Bowl has proven to be difficult. I know that, even if you’re not into football (like me) it’s entirely likely you’ll be gathering with friends to watch the game. What gathering is complete without a ton of food? Start stretching (your stomach) out now with this recipe:
- 1.5 cups milk
- 6 slices of whole wheat bread (or any bread)
- 6 eggs
- Pumpkin spice
- Canola oil
- Beat the eggs and milk together until well blended. Add a splash of vanilla (or about a table spoon) and a few shakes of cinnamon, sugar and pumpkin spice (about 1/2 tablespoon of pumpkin, 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar).
- Place the six slices of bread side-by-side in a long dish (like a lasagna pan) and pour the egg mixture over the slices. Soak for five minutes per side.Note:When I do this, there is a little bit of overlap for some of the bread. It works out OK, especially if you are using a regular sized frying pan and are only able to cook two slices at a time.
- Set the oven to 250 degrees and start the pan on a medium-low setting. Spray with the canola and add a tiny bit of butter. Place a plate or a baking sheet in the oven — this will keep the French toast hot until you’re done cooking. Note:by using canola and butter, you get a crispy outside and a soft inside.
- After the 10 minutes of soaking is up, be super careful when transferring the bread to the pan, generally two slices at a time, unless you have a griddle. The bread is likely to tear in the process.
- Cook each piece until each side is golden brown. I am hesitant to give you a time, as I have been learning that each stove is different. I would say check after three minutes to see how everything looks. This is really about using your best judgement.
Of course, top with maple syrup, unless you prefer something else on your French toast. I apologize for not having photos to accompany this recipe, but I wanted to get it up for Lauren. It really is super good and the French toast is incredibly dense. I hope you all enjoy!