• STEP 1

    Gently heat the maple syrup and blueberries in a saucepan until the berries start to pop and release their juices, then set them to one side in the pan. Whisk the flour, almonds, cinnamon, milk and vanilla together in a shallow bowl.

  • STEP 2

    Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Dip a slice of bread into the milk mixture, shake off any excess and fry the bread on both sides until it browns and crisps at the edges. Keep the slices warm in a low oven as you cook the rest. Serve with the blueberries spooned over and dust with icing sugar.

Why is it called French toast?

The origins of French toast aren’t fully known, but the dish is thought to be based on pain perdu, which means ‘lost bread’ in French. This refers to the stale bread that’s usually used to make French toast, which would otherwise be thrown away.

Can you make French toast without eggs?

As this recipe is vegan, it does not use eggs. But, in alternative recipes, you can use ground almonds to thicken the soaking liquid and help it stick to the bread.

What kind of bread is best for making French toast?

Thick, fluffy bread makes the best French toast. Dry or stale bread soaks up more of the liquid. Try using vegan brioche for added richness.

What can I use instead of milk?

This recipe is made with oat or rice milk, as these have a neutral flavour. But there are many plant-based alternatives to milk that can be used instead – choose your favourite.

Why isn’t my French toast fluffy?

Make sure the temperature of the pan isn’t too high, as this will burn the outside of the French toast before it’s cooked through in the middle. Medium heat is best, as this will caramelise the outside while the interior cooks. Dredge the bread in the soaking mixture and give it a gentle shake to remove any excess – this will ensure that your pan stays free of any leftover batter and you get a clean finish on the French toast.

What can I put on my French toast?

Maple syrup and fruit is a classic combination, but you can also try jam and peanut butter, coconut yogurt, whipped vegan cream or chocolate spread with caramelised bananas. Or, try a savoury version with a sliced avocados and sprinkle of chilli flakes.

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