How many ways are there to make French toast? A few, if you’re a bit on the conservative side; a lot, if you enjoy playing with different combinations of ingredients. I’ve tried mixing milk with sugar, I’ve tried stuffing the bread slices with ham and cheese, there’s the clubhouse variation of the stuffed French toast and, not too long ago, I tried using sweetened condensed milk instead of fresh milk and sugar. A few days ago, I tried another combination milk and honey. I made use of the cookie cutter too. The result is flower-shaped French toast with honey.
The idea of using a cookie cutter is from Nigella Lawson. I don’t normally bother with “presentation” but we had too much bread in the house a couple of days ago and I figured I could use the trimmings to make bread crumbs. So, I used an entire loaf of bread to make my flower-shaped French toast. Then, I toasted the trimmings in the oven until quite dry and processed them into bread crumbs.
To make the flower-shaped French toast:
- Using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut out flower shapes from the center of each slice of bread.
- Whisk together two eggs, 3/4 to 1 cup of milk, a pinch of salt, and some honey (taste the mixture as you pour in the honey so that you only add as much as your taste buds prefer).
- Dip both sides of the cutout bread in the milk-egg-honey mixture.
- Fry in hot butter until golden brown, flipping the bread over to brown the underside.
French toast doesn’t excite the kids too much anymore but the flower-shaped bread raised their interest about five notches higher. But then again, perhaps it was the honey. I’m not sure I only know they enjoyed the flower-shaped French toast for breakfast a couple of days ago.