Happy Father’s Day!
Happy Father’s Day to every day out there. What are we doing for Father’s Day? Hummm what are we doing… well my own children went to stay with their grandparents so my husband’s gift was sleeping in. The best gift a parent, of any, could appreciate. As for my own dad, well I pondered the idea of baking or even maybe a hand-made card… As for my husband’s only request was French Toast and I am making it with extra fancy raisin bread from Panera Bread Co. There are great vegan French toast recipes but this time I am making it with eggs(sorry chickens, he likes them). I of course wont be eating it but the rest of my brood loves it.
Of course if you do want to part take in French toast-ness and are vegan here is the recipe I do eat when or if I want too, (which isn’t often)
1/2-1 loaf of thick-cut bread ( I like using day-old wheat bread but whatever you prefer)
2 tablespoons Earth Balance ( I have omitted this and it comes out just as good but less-caramel-y)
4-6 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey (brown rice syrup if ok too)
1/4 raisins or cranberries
1/8-1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans ( pecans or dried fruit are optional)
1/2-1cp cup apple cider or apple juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spices
Preheat the oven to 350 and when its warm: you will need a decent sized pan in it melt the butter and syrup together for a few minutes, but do not let the butter brown.
1 tsp. Spice together and soak the bread in the mixture. (if you eat eggs then this is where you add an egg)
Place the raisins and nuts in the melted syrup mixture before you place the bread on top. By now you will have melted butte-syrup on the bottom, nuts-dried fruit, and then finally the juice soaked bread on top.
Place the pan in the oven for 20 minutes. When it is complete take it out and let it cool for a few minutes so the caramel-like syrup at the bottom sets-up. It reminds me of a sticky-bun, it is very delicious.
This is a recipe adapted from a Joy of Cooking recipe but it vegan if you omit the honey and use maple syrup or rice syrup.
Here is the link to Panera Bread where you can find a location near you:
Here is the link to the Joy of Cooking’s website: