Try it Tuesday – Puffed French Toast from Crystal Palace

fried french toastIt’s like french toast that is dipped in pancake batter, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. It tastes like the perfect mix of french toast, a doughnut, and funnel cake. It’s called Puffed French Toast and it’s one of my new favorites!

One of our favorite character meals at Walt Disney World is by far Crystal Palace. Ever since my youngest was a year old, she has just loved the characters from Winnie the Pooh. If you are unfamiliar with Crystal Palace, it’s a buffet style character dining experience located in Magic Kingdom. Once you are seated you have a chance to hit the buffet line and then the characters from Winnie the Pooh (Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger) come around to meet you and have pictures taken with your table.

AMAZING!

So during our last visit to Crystal Palace while walking through the buffet line I noticed something called “puffed french toast”. I had never heard of it before and knew it looked like something I needed to try. One of my girls thought it looked good too, so I put one piece on each of our plates and we continued down the line.

Now, let me explain something to you. I love funnel cakes! I love funnel cakes so much that I like going to carnivals and fairs solely for the purpose of eating one. My husband doesn’t enjoy carnivals so we have compromised and I have made funnel cakes one of my must-have snacks at Disney (I like to get them from Sleep Hollow in Magic Kingdom) and we avoid fairs and carnivals throughout the year.

When I took my first bite of the puffed french toast I instantly thought of funnel cakes, only it was so much better! My daughter was an instant fan as well. During our breakfast I helped myself to a second piece.  I should have taken a  picture of it to share with you, but it was SO good that I ate it all without thinking about it. In fact, it was so good that I decided I didn’t need a funnel cake on this trip.

Crystal Palace

Bringing it Home

After arriving home my daughter and I still had a taste for the puffed french toast, and we wanted the rest of the family to try it as well. While I had never heard of it before I had a good feeling that we would be able to find something similar online and sure enough we found a version of it. So, we picked a weekend morning when we had some extra time and gave it a go.

Before sharing the recipe, let me give you a few pointers:

  • This is more time consuming than making regular old french toast.
  • Your hands are going to get messy unless you are more coordinated than I am. My hands were in the middle of everything.
  • This is not what you would call a “healthy” breakfast (if you didn’t gather that from the description of it above).
  • The original recipe called for thick Texas-style bread. I just had regular sandwich bread, so that is what I used. It worked great.
  • You are going to want to set up your ingredients and equipment into an assembly line to keep things moving along smoothly.

Puffed French Toast Recipe

Ingredients

2 eggs
2 1/2 TBS. sugar
1 tsp.  vanilla
2 cups milk

1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup sugar
1 TBS cinnamon

8 slices of bread (cut them diagonally)
frying oil

Cooking Directions

  • Cut your bread into triangles.
  • Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the salt, flour, and baking powder into the mixing bowl. Mix until the batter is not lumpy.
  • In a separate bowl mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Get the oil heating on the stove-top.
  • Setup your assembly line: bread, batter, pan to fry in, plate with paper towel to drain the toast on, plate or container with the cinnamon and sugar mix.
  • You will know the oil is ready when you put a drop of the batter into the pan and it sizzles and bubbles around it.
  • Dip the bread pieces into the batter and then put it into the pan. Fry until it is lightly browned on each side (it happens fast).
  • Remove the piece of bread and set it on the paper towel.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar onto both sides of the puffed french toast.
  • Continue until all of the bread pieces are completed.

That’s it! Nice and simple. As you enjoy your puffed french toast, sit back and relax and imagine yourself at Crystal Palace.

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