French toast and waffles come together in beautiful harmony with this genius recipe idea. The bread crisps up to a golden brown so similar to a waffle you can barely tell the difference. Once you have added your syrup, and whatever topping you like to have on your waffle, you will be left wondering if you will ever make french toast in a frying pan again.
Ok so I’m not saying I don’t love a good waffle, because I do. In fact its amongst my all time favourite treat meals, and from time to time I crave them with such a ferocity I might even find myself in a Spur or Milky Lane to quieten the beast. Anything will do really. I have come to adore waffles made using yeast over ones made with baking powder and whenever I am in Stellenbosch and get a chance to pop into Die Warenmarkt, I pick up a perfect rendition of this. I’m also planning to find the best yeasted waffle recipe to make at home. One where the batter is made the night before and slowly bubbles into airy heaven in the fridge over night. In the meantime, these french toast versions hit the spot in a small way.
As far as french toast is concerned, I love them all. I’ve done them savoury with parmesan and miso , stuffed them with banana & salted caramel and made a sandwich with cream cheese, peaches and honey. The pièces de résistance of all my previous french toast recipes is my version using raisin bread and topped with caramlised pears and Gorgonzola cheese. It seriously is to die for.
I’m also a fan off adding vanilla and cinnamon to the french toast eggy mix so I’ve included both in this recipe, but if you are wanting to make savoury french toast waffles and top them with crispy bacon and eggs – because why wouldn’t you?, then simply leave it out. Maple syrup is my very best thing, so I always douse both my waffles and french toast in it. More like drown really. Ice cream, whipped cream or fresh fruit like berries take things next level.
Recipe – make 4 slices of french toast waffles
- 2Tbsp butter, melted
- 2 free-range eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 4 slices of bread
- syrup and fruit to top - or anything you like
- Pre-heat the waffle iron and brush both sides with melted butter
- Whisk the egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl until frothy.
- Dip the bread into the eggy mix briefly and flip it to coat both sides.
- Place the dipped slices into the heated waffle iron and cook until golden brown
- Serve with maple syrup or any other topping of your choice.
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