When many people think about a gluten-free diet, they often associate it with giving something up. Namely, variety, taste, texture or crowd appeal. But that’s just not true. You can “recreate” or adapt a gluten-free version of almost anything. I have previously shared recipes for gluten-free pizza dough (and even a stuffed pizza), gluten-free gnocchi and many delicious gluten-free cakes and bars. The one food item I am still trying to perfect is the gluten-free pancake. So, since this week is Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday we’re sharing with you a delicious classic gluten-free French toast recipe instead.
Gluten-free pancakes can be tricky. The best I’ve made – and I’ve tried many – was actually from a mix. The Kinnikinnick gluten-free pancake mix is pancake perfection. I’m still trying to recreate something gluten-free (that’s just as good) from scratch. When I do, I’ll be sure to share it here. In the meantime, French toast is just as decadent and fluffy, but it is much easier to make gluten-free. So, if you want gluten-free pancakes, I recommend using a mix at this point. However, if you want something that is homemade, easy and delicious, then try our recipe for the best gluten-free French toast.
The Best Gluten-Free French Toast Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- 2 pieces of gluten free bread (I used Little Northern Bake House, which is a larger sized piece of bread. If you are using a smaller loaf of bread, you may need 3 pieces of bread per 2 eggs)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs icing sugar
- 1 tbs vanilla
- 1/4 c milk
- 1 tbs butter
- Cut the crust off the bread, you can skip this step, if you enjoy the crust.
- Dry bread out in the oven, by placing it on a lower rack and keeping the broiler on. This is not to brown the bread, but to dry it out. Seeing as gluten-free bread is best kept in the freezer, this method also defrosts the bread.
- Beat the eggs, salt, cinnamon, icing sugar/confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and milk together until fully combined and sugar is completely dissolved.
- Pour the egg mixture into a shallow baking dish.
- Soak bread in egg mixture for about 5 minutes on each side, allowing it to sit in the mix until all liquid is absorbed.
- Melt butter in a nonstick pan over medium high heat.
- Using a spatula, place bread in the hot pan.
- Cook 2-3 minutes a side or until golden on each side and fully set in the middle.
- Then plate French toast with a little icing sugar, berry’s of your choice, and a good quality maple syrup.
Hint: Icing sugar dissolves better than regular sugar for any French toast mix. This is especially true for gluten-free French toast, as some brands of bread might seem grainy and you don’t want your egg mixture making that texture worse.
Gluten-Free French Toast Recipe Tips:
- This gluten-free French toast recipe is for a single serving, comprised of two pieces of French toast. This recipe easily scales up to feed a crowd. If you are cooking for a larger group then place cooked French toast on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet in the oven on 250° on an upper rack just to keep them warm.
- I used cinnamon to flavour our gluten-free French toast recipe, but another excellent option is to use pumpkin pie spice. You would use the same amount as you would cinnamon, but it will give you a warmer, fuller flavour. We recommend pairing this version with the pumpkin spice coffee that we declared the best brand.
- The crusts that I cut off the bread, I put in a labelled Ziplock bag in my freezer for future use. You can add them to bread stuffing or make croutons for salad. If you accumulate enough, you can make your own gluten-free breadcrumbs. Simply toast/dry out the bread in the oven and then pulse them, in the food processor until it resembles coarse sand.
So, this Pancake Tuesday or any time really, try our recipe for the best gluten-free French toast. You won’t be disappointed. This also makes for a fast dinner option, as well.
Do you prefer pancakes or French toast? Have you tried our recipe? Do you have a great gluten-free pancake recipe to share? Leave us a comment below and let us know.
Enjoy and stay safe.