Vanilla Chai French Toast

Vanilla Chai French Toast - Ready to Enjoy!

As some of  you may know, we both graduated from THE University of Dayton and are beyond proUD of their March Madness run. After the Flyer’s Sweet Sixteen win last Thursday night, we decided to go down to UD and cheer on our team for the Elite 8 game on campus.

We figured we needed a substantial meal before we hit the road for the Gem City and I (Amanda) personally had been craving French Toast for a couple weeks. It was quick to whip up right before our trip and held us over until we arrived. Although we lost, it was still great to be there for the game and celebrate their incredible season.

The Grooves

After doing a little research, we learned that French Toast isn’t really “French” and actually dates all the way back to Roman times. Although the exact origin hasn’t been confirmed, there seems to be a general consensus that it was very common during the Middle Ages. Therefore, we decided to include tunes that remind us of this time period. In addition, it features old and new Indian tracks to represent the chai spice flavor.

 

{MusicNote}  The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is being held April 16-27 this year and is “the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India.” We are going to try to make at least one performance and you should too.

The Grub

My (Amanda) dad makes a killer Vanilla French Toast so we took his recipe and added a some chai spices for a twist. It was absolutely delicious and had the perfect amount of chai spice.

Ingredients:                                                    Vanilla Chai French Toast - Ingredients

  • 8 slices 2-day-old bread
  •  1/2 c milk (we used 2%)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground cardamom
  • 1/8 t ground ginger
  • Butter and vegetable oil for frying

 Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together very well with whisk.
  2. Lightly coat medium-sized skillet with small pad of butter and a splash of oil. Turn up to a little over medium heat (not quite medium-high heat though).
  3. Dunk two pieces of bread in mixture, making sure they are thoroughly soaked before laying into frying pan. When underside has a nice brown color, flip over.
  4. Once both sides are browned (more like a patchy brown) on both sides, place onto individual plates or a serving platter. We dusted ours with more cinnamon, powdered sugar and a few shakes of cocoa powder. Lastly, we added some cut up strawberries for a refreshing contrast in flavor and a pop of color for plating.

Vanilla Chai French Toast - Whisking the Mixture Vanilla Chai French Toast - Just Placed in the Pan Vanilla Chai French Toast - Almost Done Frying! We drizzled a little maple syrup over the French Toast before scarfing them down, but they were delicious without it as well. If you prefer a more intense chai flavor, feel free to incorporate a little more of the spices into the mixture and/or sprinkle more on top after they are cooked.

Bon appétit, keep grooving and GO FLYERS!

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