French toast is the ultimate cold weather comfort food. It’s warm and cozy and sweet, perfect for winter evenings when I don’t feel like putting a lot of effort in for dinner. This recipe for vegan French toast tastes a little sweeter than your typical egg-based dish, and it’s a cinch to prepare. To make it fancy, I serve it with a homemade citrus syrup, made with whatever local citrus I happen to have on hand.
Vegan French Toast with Homemade Grapefruit Syrup (serves 4)
1 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 cup granulated organic sugar
1 tablespoon grated grapefruit peel
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup vanilla soy milk or almond milk
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon granulated organic sugar
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
4-6 slices day-old vegan bread
Powdered sugar, to garnish
First, prepare the syrup: Combine the juice, sugar, and grapefruit peel in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a low boil and cook to a thick syrup, and reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add the butter and almond extract and whisk to combine. Remove syrup from heat and set aside.
Stir together milk, flour, sugar and nutritional yeast in a shallow bowl. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium. Dip a slice of bread in the milk mixture and cook in the heated skillet until it is golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining slices of bread. Slice fFrench toast into triangles and arrange on plates. Sift powdered sugar over the top of the French toast and serve with warm citrus syrup on the side.