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Sunday, 25 January 2015

French Toast (Gluten Free)

One of my fondest memories of childhood was our weekly trip to 'Phil's Hot Bread Shop' where mum would buy all kinds of delicious bakery items. I would always ask for croissants, which were my favourites. Sadly, now my croissant eating days are behind me now that I am gluten free. I still love bread, it's just that now it's a lot more...complicated. Gluten free bread is expensive and some brands are not particularly sustaining- eat some and feel absolutely famished an hour later. Others crumble and are best consumed in toasted form. On the whole though, I am very grateful for the variety that exists out there as the range of what is available continues to improve. One thing I started doing last year was making my own bread in the bread maker. I experimented with a few different mixes and the ones I prefer are the ones from The Gluten Free store in Auckland. These mixes are actually designed to be baked in the oven, but I just did it in the bread maker (I had a very good read of the bread maker instructions to increase my chances of success). I honestly can't tell you how lovely it was to cram a piece of hot, freshly baked bread smeared with butter into my mouth. That is something I had missed so much since becoming gluten free. I find this bread lasts about 4-5 days in a sealed tin.(Don't put in fridge as it will harden). It stays really fresh and I love using it to make French toast with. If you are following a gluten free diet, I strongly encourage you go have a go at making either your own bread mix or making bread from a mix. You won't know yourself. If you are not in Auckland and know someone else in your area who is also gluten free, think about placing an order together and splitting the postage.

We have French toast about once a week for breakfast. It's delicious, quicker than pancakes and currently one of the most successful ways to get our 21/2 year old to eat eggs. It's fantastic finger food for our baby as well. I set up three shallow dishes so I can have several pieces on the go at once and also it stops my bread being contaminated from the other bread. This is for one slice of bread, although I find that gluten free bread isn't as absorbent as normal bread so this mixture will make about 2 slices.

French Toast recipe:

-1 egg
-1 tablespoon of milk
-1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Seasonal fruit and maple syrup to serve
- canola oil to fry bread
-2 slices of bread

Heat a medium sized frying pan on a low heat. Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together lightly in a shallow dish. Place one slice of bread in to soak. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then turn it over in the mixture and leave for another couple of minutes. Pour one tablespoon of oil into pan to heat and then transfer bread to start cooking. Put next slice of bread in to start soaking. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes and serve with seasonal fruit and maple syrup. Enjoy x

In the photo I have used Vogel's Gluten Free bread to make the French toast.

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