When I was little, I apparently announced to my parents that when I was an adult, I would make myself “complicated breakfasts.” I have no idea what the origin of this idea was, but the truth is, I still like a complicated breakfast every now and then.
The dish pictured above, cinnamon French toast with a strawberry tofu sour cream topping, definitely qualifies, even though French toast, as far as I’m concerned, are pancakes’ slovenly cousin. French toast is just bread that has been briefly soaked in an egg/milk/sugar mixture. There’s virtually nothing to French toast and yet it presumes to appear on menus alongside the likes of more sophisticated, painful dishes such as waffles and crepes.
I’m almost ashamed to include this recipe here for that reason. French toast isn’t hard to make, but it is extremely satisfying to eat, and if you add a slightly complicated topping (I also like to sauté chopped apples with maple syrup or brown sugar — see my entry on the Beauty of Bisquick: Part 2), you can almost call it cooking.
Cinnamon French Toast with Strawberry Lactose-Free Sour Cream Topping
1/4 cup milk (lactose-free, if you’re me)
1/2 cup lactose-free sour cream
3 or 4 (or more) large strawberries
4 tablespoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
2 pieces of soft bread (I used a whole wheat bread with nuts baked in it but you can use almost any kind of pre-sliced bread)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) Earth Balance
Heat the Earth Balance in a big, non-stick skillet. I don’t care if your skillet is non-stick, don’t skimp on the grease or your French toast will suffer! (I sound like I kidnapped it!)
Wisk your eggs with your milk till well blended and wisk in half of the cinnamon and sugar (reserving the rest for topping). Use a big enough shallow bowl that your bread can fit flat in there to be soaked. Soak your bread well but not until falling apart.
When the Earth Balance is melted and hot, lay the soaked slices of bread side by side in it. Cook until well browned and then flip and repeat. (How do you know if it’s well browned on the side that is next to the pan? It’s OK to peek.)
When well cooked on both sides, remove French toast. (Unlike pancakes, French toast is tolerant. If one side didn’t get fully browned, it’s OK to flip it back and cook it some more. Do this. You don’t want to eat raw egg. )
Top with creamy strawberry mixture and serve.
See? I told you it was easy. And for some reason, strawberries are already in season here in California. For all I know they are growing them in pods, like Avatars, but I don’t care because they are sweet and tasty. Can strawberries scream? Is there anything awesomer than alliteration? Why isn’t awesomer a word? Enjoy your breakfast.