There are times when you buy bread and don’t get to finish it before it loses that soft freshness. Other times, you may make the mistake of buying the bread, only to get home and find out it is stale, i.e. not as fresh as you thought. I remember the usual exclamation “bread nkea adirozi fresh” (this bread is no longer fresh) and the urge to dispose of it or rather eat it grudgingly. Well, perish the thought and make use of your stale bread to make french toast which the kids will especially love to gobble up or pack in their lunch box.
French toast is just bread usually soaked in beaten eggs mixed with milk, and then fried with a little butter or oil. It is also called eggy bread, gypsy toast, Spanish toast or German toast and makes quite a simple breakfast. It is best to use stale bread because it holds up better when soaked in the eggs and fried.
I wanted to make the usual french toast of egg and milk, but upon opening the fridge and sighting the bottle of Ribena beside the milk, my brain nudged my hands to pick it up and try it. The Ribena concentrate is already sweet, so i didn’t bother adding any sugar or syrup on it, as I am not such a sweet tooth, I try to make my kids follow that path too. So, my Ribena French toast is made with just eggs, ribena and wholemeal or brown bread…looks burnt, right? You can also add some more flavours like vanilla, cinnamon, orange or lemon zest if you like.
Ribena French Toast Recipe
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup Ribena concentrate
- 4 medium or thick slices of bread
- Butter or oil for frying
- Beat eggs in a wide bowl and add the ribena concentrate.
- Heat a small knob of butter or butter in a pan over medium heat.
- Soak the bread in the egg and ribena mixture. Fry one side until it is browned, then turn and fry the other side.
- Serve with fruits, butter or syrup if you like, but a cup of milk or hot chocolate is a must for the kids, to ensure they get that missing milk and calcium goodness in the toast (winks).
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