Deliciously Decadent Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

A million or so years ago, when we just vegetarian and beyond broke, my grandmother would have us over for dinner once in a while. She would always make spaghetti or french toast. Wonderful french toast. And that’s where the decadence comes into this recipe. The secret is to fry the battered bread in more oil than you normally would. She used to use about 10 cans of crisco, but all I needed was about 1/4 inch of canola oil in a nonstick pan. I say “only”, but I know that’s a lot. Since this isn’t something we have every day, it’s worth it. To get the lightest taste and the best crispness, be sure the oil is really hot before adding the bread.

Of course, any bread will work, but I used the cinnamon swirl. Why not go all the way?

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
Serves 2-3, depending on your appetites

6-8 slices of day old (or a few days old) bread
canola for frying bread
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar OR 1 tsp lemon zest OR 1 tsp orange zest (all optional, none necessary)
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon

Dump the milk in a low flat pan that you can mix your batter in, like a pie plate. Add the vanilla, salt and sugar or citrus peel if you are using any of them. Add the flour and the cinnamon, then mix together lightly with a fork. You don’t want to get the lumps out, just get everything combined. If you get down to the last pieces of bread and the batter seems too thick, add a little more soy milk and mix. When the oil is really hot in the frying pan, douse the bread in the batter and fry until light brown. Turn over to brown the other side, then enjoy with earth balance and maple syrup!

Tonight’s dinner: Buffalo Pizza, a Yellow Rose Recipes tester.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 8, 2008 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    That looks amazing! Holy crap, I just made buffalo pizza.

  2. Posted November 9, 2008 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    That does indeed look deliciously decadent.

  3. Posted November 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Looks like the perfect sunday morning breakfast!

  4. Posted November 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Yum!! It reminds me of this dish I used to get in a diner(pre-vegan)…it was a deep fried cinnamon bun cut in half and that’s what they called french toast…so evil, yet so good. I’ll have to try your recipe so I can relive the beauty that is heavily fried french toast!

  5. Posted November 10, 2008 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Catching up on blog reading . . . That buffalo pizza does sound interesting, but this french toast is definitely something I know I’d love!

  6. Posted November 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Carrie, I thought about trying that! It sounds insanely good.

    Jenn, too funny!

    Thanks, Mihl, ATX and the little one!

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