The Thursday Gourmet (Celebrating National Pancake Week)

11 February, 2010


You read that.  You really did.  National Pancake Week begins February 14 and ends on February 20, 2010.   Apparently, they had a real problem deciding which week to celebrate as NPW.  First they considered the third week of January, then the fourth week of February, and so on.  Apparently, they kept waffling over the date.

Pancake Week.  So.  Should I publish a pancake recipe?

When have I ever gone with the flow?  Here is my recipe for French Toast:

(((Billy)))’s French Toast

8 slices of plain white bread, frozen as solid as bread can be frozen
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon good vanilla extract (I use Costa Rican fair trade, but whatever)
1/3 cup 2% milk
1 Tablespoon Demerara sugar

Separate the slices of bread and freeze them.  Freeze them solid.  Freeze them hard.

Once the bread is frozen, beat the eggs, milk and vanilla until well blended.  Add the sugar and beat until the sugar is incorporated into the batter.

Heat a large heavy non-stick griddle (I have a Calphalon non-stick griddle that covers two burners and can handle eight slices of French Toast at a time (I like my griddle)) over medium-low heat.  Hold the butter at one end of the stick and rub briskly over the surface of the griddle. It should be hot enough to melt a  thin skin of butter but not so hot that the butter foams.

One at a time, dip the frozen bread into the egg wash (batter).  Quickly flip the bread to coat the other side and place on the griddle.  Do not let the bread sit in the wash — the bread should still be stiff when it goes on the griddle.

Once all the French Toast is cooking, you should have a little bit of wash left over.  Wait about three minutes and pour 1/8 of the leftover wash on the uncooked side of each piece of toast.  Pour it slowly enough that it soaks in and doesn’t run off.  Wait another minute or so and flip the toast gently browning both sides.

Serve with butter, honey, maple syrup, blueberries, whipped cream, or whatever high calorie comestible hits you.

This recipe produces a French Toast which is actually crispy on the outside and not soggy on the inside.

Enjoy them as a silent protest to National Pancake Week.


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