French toast is a staple on diner menus and a popular dish to make at home thanks to its ease and short ingredient list. When it comes to French toast, all bread is not created equal. It takes a particular kind of loaf to stand up to that wonderfully sugary, creamy, and eggy goodness.
Let's admit it- weekends for most of us are cheat days! Be it going out for dining or cooking lavish spread at home, weekend calls for indulging in some mouth-watering dishes, keeping 'healthy' thoughts aside. Given the current situation, going out and meeting people over a cosy brunch may not be wise, but preparing a similar meal at home can always be an option.
Here’s what you need to consider when choosing the perfect bread for French toast:
Sturdiness- No matter which French toast recipe you use, you’re going to have to saturate the bread in a wet frothy mixture of milk and egg. The bread you choose should withstand a good soaking and pan-frying without falling apart. Opt for something thick-cut and dense instead of something finely sliced and airy.
Slight staleness - French toast is traditionally made with day-old bread because it prevents waste and because slightly stale slices absorb the custard-like mixture better than fresh ones. You can make a perfect French toast with slightly old bread but beware to throw out a loaf that’s nearing its expiration date!
For truly perfect French toast, you need to use quality ingredients. Here are the five best types of bread for making French toast:
Brioche is everything a perfect French toast bread should be: thick and sturdy with a tender, plush crumb. Its high butter and egg content makes it an ideal companion for the rich custard made with eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. It’s for these reasons and more that many French toast recipes call for thick-sliced brioche.
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Sourdough’s tanginess adds a touch of complexity to the over-the-top sweetness of French toast. Its natural flavor and texture mimic those of ever-so-slightly stale white bread, so it makes it an obvious choice. Plus, it’s one of the sturdiest bread out there so you certainly won’t have to worry about a well-made sourdough falling apart during the cooking process.
There’s nothing worse than letting perfectly good challah go to waste. Not only does the traditional Jewish bread have all the hallmarks of great French toast bread (eggy, sturdy, and absolutely delicious), but the braided loaf makes for a gorgeous finished dish.
No surprise here: The french baguette is perfectly suited to become tomorrow’s French toast. French bread typically has a thick crumb and crisp crust, which makes them ideal for soaking. Cutting the long loaf into thick round pieces instead of the traditional square slices will make this French toast distinctly authentic.
At the end of the day, French toast is a dish born out of frugality. Any thick-sliced white bread you have on hand will work, so don’t even think about throwing away a loaf just because it’s not the finest brioche your local bakery has to offer. Instead, create a french toast!
Bon appetit, Enjoy your french toast with your perfect bread!