French Toast

Many years ago when I was still living in Florida (Panama City), we took a trip to the Florida Keys.  That was a wonderful trip in which I discovered some amazing food and drink:  Key Lime Pie, deep fried French toast, and gin martinis.  To this day, I still enjoy a good martini and quite often make Key Lime Pie and French toast.

I always serve maple syrup with french toast, waffles, or pancakes.  And recently, I was gifted with some homemade maple syrup from a gardener friend.  The maple syrup was made from maple trees within the Grand Rapids area.  Some of the maple trees tapped were located on my daughter’s property.  That makes this maple syrup even more special.

Below are pictures of one of the tapped maple trees from my daughter’s property, the maple syrup evaporator, and the finished product: maple syrup.

While Vermont leads the nation in the making of maple syrup (1.9 million gallons yearly), Michigan is in the top 10 U.S producers, usually around fifth place (producing around 90,000 gallons per year).  Although according to Michigan State University Extension, Michigan has enough trees to outproduce Vermont.  Only about 3 to 5 percent of the sugar maples are currently being tapped.  Source is mlive

When it comes to maple syrup, we must not forget our friends from the North.  Canada is the world’s leading producer and exporter of maple products ($381 million in 2016).

Typically, French toast is cooked in butter.  I prefer cooking with the vegetable oil.  The French toast fries up with a crisp exterior and a tender center.  All it needs is butter and maple syrup and you have a special occasion breakfast.

French Toast

  • Servings: 4-6
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9 slices of thickly cut Sour Dough bread
5 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

oil for frying (such as vegetable oil)

maple syrup and butter for serving

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F (or low setting).

In a medium bowl combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla.  Whisk until well combined.

Heat about 1/2 inch oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Dip each side of the bread in the egg mixture.  Carefully add the bread slices to the skillet and cook in the hot oil until light golden brown on each side (about 1-2 minutes per side).  Keep the cooked French toast warm in the oven while preparing the other slices of bread.  Serve warm with pure maple syrup and butter.  

1. The recipe comes together quickly, so have the bread sliced and egg mixture made before heating the oil in the skillet.
2.  Other breads such as Italian, Challah or French baguette are good for making French toast.






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