I Must Love Me Too

If you have neglected yourself,
make a sincere apology to thee.
Gather the "love-me-not-petals" of your life
and start counting "I-must-love-me-too".
In no time at all you have
a beautiful flower blossom within you. ~ Dodinsky Writings

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Allergy FreeTangerine French Toast

I found the original version of this recipe here: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/12/three-holiday-tangerine-french-toasts.html

but needed to modify for my dietary needs: gluten free, dairy free, soy free, refined sugar free so here is the modified recipe.

Holiday Tangerine French Toast

vegan, makes 8 triangles

4 pieces of sliced gluten free bread, soft (I like Whole Foods Prairie bread for this but use any you like)
1 cup + 2 Tbsp vanilla flavor So Delicious coffee creamer
1 large tangerine, zest and juiced
(About 1/4 cup tangerine juice and about 2 tsp zest.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon + a few more dashes
a few dashes nutmeg
1 Tbsp gluten free flour
1 Tbsp vegan buttery spread for cooking
*Earth Balance brand is my fave.
garnish: extra tangerine for garnish slices and zest, powdered sugar, maple syrup (but it doesn't need it!)


1. Slice your bread diagonally, into 8 triangles.

2. Add the ingredients (creamer, spices, flour, tangerine juice and tangerine zest) to a flat-bottom dish. Whisk them together.

3. Turn your stove on med-high and plop your 1 Tbsp of buttery spread into non-stick pan. Allow it to coat the surface of the pan.

4. You don't want to over-soak your bread, however soaking it through is important. Using bread that isn't perfectly fresh may be the best way to combat french toast sog. But then again, I used a fresh loaf and it turned out splendidly. Dipping process: Dip and soak for 2 seconds on each side and immediately transfer to hot oiled pan. Repeat until your pan is filled to the brim with toasts. My pan held 5 triangles at a time.

5. Allow your french toast to sit in the pan! Don't go flipping-early or mushing it around on the pan or it will likely turn to bits and pieces and/or burn the crust off. Sprinkle a nice hefty dash of cinnamon on each of the toasts while they are cooking in the pan. After 3 minutes, flip the toasts. They should be a nice marbled dark golden brown color. If the first 'flipper' is still soggy and mushed after flipping, leave the remaining triangles unflipped for another 1-2 minutes. Then flip and again, test for doneness. Practice makes perfect!

6. Once all the toasts are flipped, allow them to cook for another 3 minutes on the other side. By the end of cooking time, the edges should be nice crisp, buttery and smell of warm cinnamon and candied tangerine zest. If your toasts didn't turn out perfectly the first time, try with the second batch of bread.

Possible troubleshooting errors:
your pan wasn't hot enough, you needed a bit more flour or you over or under soaked your bread. Also note: you may want to refresh the buttery spread or even simply spray a bit of canola oil in the pan after a few cooking rounds. A 'greased' pan is a must for this french toast.

7. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh tangerine zest, a dash of cinnamon and a few tangerine slices. Other toppings are nice, but really not needed.