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I'll be honest with you, there is nothing on this earth that makes me happier than waking up to the smell of french toast and a big cup of coffee. My partner knows that if they need to butter me up, then they should do it quite literally with the best french toast recipe for breakfast in bed.
There is something simultaneously homely and luxurious about excellent vegan french toast recipes. The recipe can have you salivating before you've even seen it. The aroma wafts from the kitchen and pulls you in, drifting on a cloud, hooked by your nostrils.
But can you make vegan French toast? And more importantly, are the vegan recipes good?
French toast is a great vegetarian recipe, but it's about as non-vegan as you can get. This easy to make toast main ingredients in the recipe being egg and milk.
While milk is relatively easy to replace in a vegan kitchen with the prevalence and availability of nut, oat, and soy alternatives, eggs prove to be a lot more complicated.
Eggs are an ingredient that is particularly difficult to substitute. This is due to the texture, taste, and behavior when cooked.
There are very few vegan alternatives readily available, and so if you want to make something with egg as the main ingredient vegan, you have to get creative or you can use vegan eggs as a substitute.
As I mentioned before, I'm a bit obsessed with making french toast and vegan recipes, always have been. This has meant that since my switch to being vegan, I have been on the hunt for the best vegan recipes and vegan french toast! I've tried them all.
Now I'm no culinary whizz or chef myself, but I can follow a recipe. So below, I've collected some of my favorites, each recipe utilizing a slightly different egg alternative so that you can find your favorite recipe too. I highly recommend all of the blogs featured, and you should check out their other great recipe also.
There are as many ways to top your french toast as there are different recipes. Below I'll list a few simple options which you can mix and match as the mood takes you for the best french toast ever.
1. Too Much Milk
With traditional french toast, if you add too much milk, the custard's egg won't cook really good. This is just as true for the vegan alternatives, and you'll be left with a soggy kind of bread. The perfect french toast should be dry on the outside and crispy at the edges. Less is more when it comes to the milk in the mixture.
And speaking of vegan alternatives, here's a step-by-step process on how to make vegan evaporated milk.
2. Not Mixing
Another common mistake when making your french toast custard mix is not combining the ingredients well enough. With an egg-based mixture, this can mean visible egg whites on the outside of your bread, which is an obvious sign of an amateur whisker. It will leave clumps for vegan mixes, and the spice and flavor will not be as well spread over your toast.
3. Choosing The Wrong Bread
If you are making gourmet french toast and not using up what you already have, then some breeds are better than others. You want bread that is between ¾ to 1 inch thick. This means it can soak up the mixture and still cook through. The bread that is too thin or not spongy enough runs the risk of falling apart.
This is the most common mistake of them all and completely ruins the texture of your french toast. Many people dip their bread in the mixture and then put it straight in the pan. It would be best if you let the bread soak for 15-20 minutes, applying gentle pressure to properly absorb the mixture into the center of the bread for that unique french toast texture.
5. Too Much Or Not Enough Heat
Like many egg-based recipes, French toast is best over medium heat, and this is just as true for the vegan varieties. If you have it at too high a heat, it will caramelize and burn quickly but won't cook properly in the middle, meaning you'll have a soggy but burnt piece of french toast. Conversely, not enough heat will dry out, which will ruin the texture in the opposite direction.
6. Cold Pan
You have to preheat and prepare your pan for french toast. If you put your french toast into a non stick pan that isn't up to heat, it will allow the mixture to seep out of the bread before it has a chance to cook and seal inside. This will dry out your french toast and form an "eggy" foot around the bottom of your bread.
7. Only Using Butter/Spread
When I make delicious vegan french toast, I use a combination of vegan spread and a little coconut butter. I let the coconut oil melt and coat the pan's bottom and then add my vegan butter for flavor. The oil stops the butter from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan. You should also clean the pan and use fresh butter/oil each round of toast to avoid burnt bits on your bread.
At first, I was skeptical that I'd ever find a regular french toast recipe that I loved as much as the traditional recipe. I am thrilled to have been proven wrong.
All the recipes above are tried and tested multiple times, and each of them provides its unique take and twist on the eggy bread classic.
Personally, A Virtual Vegan tofu toast recipe is my number one vegan recipe as the texture is just as I remember it. It goes perfect under maple syrup and blueberries with a slightly savory flavor to balance it.
Have you tried the best french toast? Do you have a recipe or tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below.