Donut French Toasts & “Almost Instant” Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Doughy texture. Check.

A slightly crispy (and greasy) exterior. Check.

Vanilla-ish aroma. Check.

Sugar coating. Check.

Doesn’t all of the above remind you of a classic donut?

Well, I’m delighted to say that this donut french toast shares the similar qualities listed above. I love that the idea of being able to make donuts at home, minus the effort of deep frying. I’ve tried baked donuts. I have now tried making french toasts that will remind of you donuts. It is without a doubt that I’m avoiding the real of way of donut making. Maybe I will fry donuts one day but until then, please enjoy this makeshift “donut” that will satisfy your donut cravings. And I emphasise – no deep frying is necessary! If you have a day old bread waiting to be put into good use, this may just be the justification you need to try this recipe. :)

Donut French Toasts

(Recipe sourced from Nigella Express)

Serves 2

What you’ll need:-

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsps vanilla extract
  • 60ml/2 fluid ounces milk
  • 4 slices from a small white loaf or 2 slices from a large white loaf, each large slice cut in half ( I used 3 dinner rolls from the Racine Bakery, sliced about 1.5 cm /0.5 inches thick)
  • 25g/ 0.8 ounces butter, plus a drop of flavourless oil (I omitted the butter and used oil instead)
  • 50g/1.6 ounces caster (superfine) sugar

“Almost Instant” Strawberry Sauce (from Nigella Express also)

  • 150g/5 ounces hulled strawberries
  • 4 tbsps icing sugar

To make the strawberry sauce: In a small processor, process the strawberries and icing sugar together as smooth as possible. Set aside while you move on to make the french toasts.

To make the donut french toasts: In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla extract and milk with a fork. Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture until the bread feels soggy (however, Nigella’s instruction was soaking for 5 minutes a side). Then heat butter (if using) and oil in a frying pan. Fry the egg-soaked bread until golden and scorched on both sides ( I would suggest to do it over medium to low heat). Put sugar on a plate and dip the cooked bread in the sugar until very well coated. Serve immediately with drizzles of strawberry sauce.

9 Responses to Donut French Toasts & “Almost Instant” Homemade Strawberry Sauce
  1. Ann Mah
    August 6, 2012 | 5:24 pm

    I’m inspired by this recipe, especially since I’m scared of deep frying! Love the instant strawberry sauce, too.

  2. sara
    August 6, 2012 | 7:23 pm

    This french toast looks lovely – the sugar crust on the outside looks so delicious! Yum. :)

  3. H
    August 7, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Hi! I made this as soon as I saw the recipe, that’s how badly I was craving something sweet and Oh My God this is absolutely amazing! I have a feeling I’ll be making this more often than is good for me… :D
    I didn’t have any strawberries, so I just mixed some shredded coconut with the sugar instead :)

  4. Christina @ The Hungry Australian
    August 8, 2012 | 1:22 am

    This looks quite ridiculously good! I’ll have to make this for brunch soon – my kids would love it.

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  7. Laura Alfonsin
    August 13, 2012 | 8:09 pm

    This recipe is a derivation of the famous Pain Perdu. A real addiction!

  8. Mia
    August 16, 2012 | 3:20 am

    Holy moly! That looks gorgeous!
    I love your blog and even if I eat low carb you recipes are fantastic! Can I put you on my blog roll? If you like my blog maybe you want to link to mine.

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