Single Lady French Toast

by Megan on March 31, 2014

Single Lady French Toast with Rhubarb Sauce and Strawberries // take a megabite

There was a dark time in my life where I didn’t like French toast. I’d had too many soggy, weird, egg-y situations. Even out on the town, it was disapointment-ville. BUT then I learned the secret. A combo of using stale (homemade) bread that will keep it’s cool when under pressure or submerged in liquid AND, secondly, infusing the milk. Why dunk your bread in plain old milk, when you can infuse it with a vanilla bean and cinnamon? I’m also a major advocate for beating the egg into the milk mixture to avoid that weird scrambled egg border of DOOM.

Rhubarb Sauce // take a megabite

Spring fever side note: Rhubarb finally arrived all hot pink and perfect at my grocery store. I walked in as the produce dude who I’d asked about it the week before (I’m Saturday regular) was putting it away and he was like, “Hey! Perfect timing!” That rhubarb turned into a revelation, you guys. Seriously. Take 20 minutes to make this rhubarb sauce and you might never look at French toast the same. It is seriously the best. Put it on toast, sundaes, pancakes, waffles, cheesecake, shortcakes and in cocktails. I’m being serious.

Single Lady French Toast with Rhubarb Sauce and Strawberries // take a megabite

The moral of the story is this: French toast is the bomb and living on your own is no excuse to eat a sad weekend brunch. I mean, honestly, you are awesome, you deserve it. Have a mimosa or a beermosa and whip this up.

While this is indeed a single portion (for me) it could totally feed you and a hottie, if you serve it up with some bacon and eggs. Beware, I am a breakfast champ like Ron Swanson. Even though he might find this french toast too ladylike and not bacon-y enough, I feel I could take him on in breakfast eating contest. (What am I saying? He’d totally win, but I’m still a super-champ.)

Single Lady French Toast with Rhubarb Sauce and Strawberries // take a megabite

Single Lady French Toast 
Recipe adapted from my heart

Ingredients:

French toast –

  • 2 thick slices of bread, dried out
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 egg

rhubarb sauce –

  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

to top –

  • strawberries
  • whipped cream
  • maple syrup, optional

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Place the milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla bean, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Set aside to steep for 20 minutes with the vanilla bean. Allow to cool until warm. Whisk in egg. Submerge bread, one at a time flipping a couple times. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden, flipping once while baking.
  3. Meanwhile make the rhubarb sauce. Bring the rhubarb, sugar, and water to a boil. Turn the heat  down to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and reserve the syrup for in drinks.
  4. Remove French toast from the oven. Spread each slice with rhubarb sauce and top with berries. Slice into triangles and serve with whipped cream, and maple syrup. Eat for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. No judgement.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

For more single lady recipes try these: Single Lady Cornbread Pizza, Single Lady Plum Crumble, or Single Lady Blueberry Cobbler.

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2nd dinner //don’t be blue // dessert judgin’ // swirl bread (clue!)

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah March 31, 2014 at 4:01 am

Oh man rhubarb. Rhubarb is my jam. This looks AWESOME!

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Megan - The Emotional Baker March 31, 2014 at 5:31 am

Can you believe I’ve never made french toast? I must change that and serve it with some rhubarb! Yum :)

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Nicole March 31, 2014 at 9:11 am

This just has to be the prettiest-in-pink breakfast of all time. It looks so good and I’m pretty sure Ron Swanson would be impressed if you had a side of bacon, which you totally would, because you’re thoughtful like that!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

I am digging this so hard. Love it!

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Billy March 31, 2014 at 11:49 am

ohmygod that sauce is the hottest of sauces and the hottest of pinks!

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Cindy March 31, 2014 at 11:58 am

I understand your feelings about french toast…but this looks like the bomb.com! Plus, I mean, rhubabara sauce forevs!

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Beth @ bethcakes March 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

This is the best idea! I made french toast for myself yesterday morning, but it was nowhere near as cool as this. Love the rhubarb cream and strawberries!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 31, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Ohhhhh snap! This french toast situation has me all hot and bothered. Rhubarb hasn’t hit the shelves yet around here. What’s a girl to do?!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm

i dont know why i dont myself to these single lady french toast more often – need to change that ASAP.

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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg March 31, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Oh man, I want French toast now. This looks fabulous!

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Erika March 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

All my single ladies!! French Toast for dayz yo.. and this is really a “hot”sauce… :)

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Taryn March 31, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Oh yum! This would indeed be a single lady french toast for me as my boyfriend thinks that french toast should only be savoury. WHAT?!

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion April 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

sometimes you need a recipe for one. I love strawberry and Rhubarb togethter

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Nik April 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THAT SWIRL BREAD?

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Amy | Club Narwhal April 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

Megan, I am so glad I am not alone in being a former French toast hater! But I am equally glad that we have both come around and realized the awesomeness that is perfect French toast. And yes to all that glorious rhubarb! Ron Swanson would secretly love this, especially now that he has little ladies in his life, right?

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DessertForTwo April 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I’m all over this small serving size. Like white on rice. Or rhubarb sauce on bread.

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Mary @ flavorrd April 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

This is so gorgeous! I’ve actually never cooked with rhubarb and find it kinda mysterious, but you totally sold me. This is happening in my kitchen!

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cj April 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

YUM ~ Would love to see this submitted at the site so I can share with all my foodie friends :)

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode April 8, 2014 at 12:36 am

Ahhh you’re getting rhubarb?!?! It hasn’t hit my farmer’s market yet and I need it in my life!

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Lynna May 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I totally agree, you gotta treat yourself to a good brunch! I love french toast and this “single lady” serving size. Haha!

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