Pan-fried toast

Pan-fried toast gives a rich and luxurious flavour to your meals. It makes a wonderful base for eggs Florentine, for example, and dozens of other toppings. But will it make you fat?

Let's face it up front; it is the kind of bread you choose, not the oil you use that will determine whether this is fattening or not. Put a slice from refined flour in your toaster and it will be just as bad; or good.

It's mostly about the starches we choose, and they way we cook them rather than the fat used to fry it that will determine whether this pan-fried toast will add copious inches to your waistline. 

Pan-fried toast.

Ingredients

  • A good dollop of oil in a heavy based pan.
  • 100% wholemeal bread

Go for it

  1. Turn the heat up to moderately high.
  2. When the oil begins too sizzle, drop your bread in, slide it up and down and immediately turn it over.
  3. After a couple minutes turn it back to the first side.
Scrambled egg on pan-fried toast.

This really is quick, no more than perhaps 3 - 4 minutes, little longer than a conventional toaster. For the extra flavour it's absolutely worthwhile.

That's particularly true if are using an induction stove which will heat your pan twice as fast, using half the electricity; more about that further down.

Once your pan-fried toast is crispy and brown slide it onto a plate, smear with a little butter if your cholesterol is in good shape and then smother it with your topping.

If you are about to have scrambled eggs, then just swill it about on the same pan. It will mean one less vessel to wash. Dishes that take longer to prepare obviously must be cooked separately in advance.

Or when the toast is nearly ready pour the eggs around the bread and let it infiltrate the slice; if you love it sloppy like I do then just use more water and milk when scrambling.

Then it will be not unlike French toast.

It's good to try a variety of fats for your pan-fried toast. We like coconut and butter, but really there are so many to choose from. The tahini we buy for our hummus comes with a few centimetres of sesame oil on top; that gives an interesting and different flavour.

You could also drop a few slithers of chili or a clove of garlic into the fat just before adding your bread for a different flavour.

A little finely chopped fresh ginger, or a sprinkling of turmeric added to the oil just before adding the bread is another option. Try them all and then personalise your own cooking. For heaven's sake do not slavishly follow recipes; that just destroys our creativity. It makes for very boring food, and you are unlikely to discover the joy of discovering something new, for you at least.

I generally like my food rather wetter and more juicy, so I would often have my pan-fried toast in a bowl rather than a plate. Eggs Hilton is one of our favourites on pan-fried toast. It has large green beans so you have to prepare it ahead of time. Luckily fresh limas or favas only take a few minutes to cook.

Can you see the beans lurking amongst the greens, with a peppadew for a little zing; they're are spicy but not hot like a chili.

Eggs Hilton on pan-fried toast.

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Pan-fried toast

Pan-fried toast makes a delightfully crispy base for your meals.

Real bread

Your pan-fried toast will only be as good as the bread you use. Use whole grain flour and it will contribute to your well-being. The more refined the loaf is, the greater the noxious influence on your blood sugar will be.

The great difficulty is in finding a source of 100% flour; mostly despite being called whole grain it is refined to one degree or another. We strongly advocate the purchase of an electric wheat mill, and baking your own low GI bread.

Add a sourdough starter and you have bread as good as can be found anywhere in the world.

Sourdough bread recipe.

The Scotland the bread brings so much benefit to our world of baking.

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