This time around, being older, wiser and broker (all that food hoarding is expensive), I opted not to panic and instead made myself a delicious, stay-at-home brunch for one with stuff that I already had. The result?
- Orange Juice (optional)
- 1 egg
- Butter (optional but highly recommended because duh why wouldn't you)
- Banana (the riper the better)
- Cinnamon or, because I was out, Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Himalayan Pink Salt or Boring Regular Salt
In a cute bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 2 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp orange juice and 1 tsp cinnamon.
Put a pan on medium-high heat. If it's a Teflon pan, you don't really need butter or spray. The mixture has enough stuff in it that the bread shouldn't stick. Otherwise, I recommend butter because, again, duh why would you use anything else. Each side takes 3-4 minutes. Don't flip until the bread is a little stiff. If it hasn't browned well, it may fall apart when you flip it.
Put your French toast on a cute plate and set aside. Keep the pan on the heat, but wipe it out with a paper towel before you start the caramel sauce.
If you've never made a caramel sauce, the No. 1 thing you need to know and cannot fudge on is this: stir at all times until it's ready. This is really hard to do if you're trying to take pictures of it for your blog, so if you happen to burn it (oh you'll know), dump it out and start over. Don't try to salvage burned sugar because you can't.
As you stir over the heat, you'll notice the sugar slowly becoming clumpy and then turning into a caramel color then smoothing out. Once it starts to bubble, add a pat of butter and keep stirring until the butter melts. Turn off the heat and add about 3 tbsp of milk (I just poured some in -- you just want a little bit because you're only making a little bit of sauce). (Note: Heavy cream is better, but if you don't have any, milk is fine.) Keep stirring off of the heat until it's stopped bubbling and smoothed out again.
This is the healthy part, so don't skip it! If you don't have bananas then, I don't know, add some kind of fruit. I bet frozen berries would be scrumptious. Even an apple could be good. The main thing to remember is this is the step that justifies you eating this instead of a salad or yogurt or whatever.
Slice a banana and coat well with the sauce. Stir it around for about a minute. If your banana is still kinda green like mine was, this will help soften it a bit.
Pour it all over your French toast, sprinkle a little salt on the top, and eat! Yummmmm.
Happy Snow Day Washingtonians!