On one of my visits to Macau (actually I think it was my last one) I was only there overnight to renew my visa for China. I was staying with friends of friends and being an introverted teenager I was moody and shy. It didn’t help that after a very long day I ended up with a migraine and not wanting to seem rude tried to stay awake and as pleasant as possible before I could excuse myself for the night.
The next morning I woke up feeling better but grumpy and my head was still foggy feeling. To start the day my host took me around the corner to a small family run restaurant to have breakfast before getting on with the day. Luckily she spoke Cantonese and was able to order us food. I can’t recall if I stated what I would like or just let her decide, either way I was not expecting the meal to come.
What was presented to me appeared to be french toast but not french toast. As I began to eat I realized that between two pieces of eggy bread was peanut butter. Thats right, a peanut butter sandwich had been turned into french toast.
It would not be until years later that I would find out that this was Hong Kong style french toast. It has been more than a decade since I ate in that restaurant but I can still recall how delicious it was and how much better I felt after eating it, though this could also be contributed to the copious amounts of green tea and advil.
Since then I have had HK style french toast only once more, that time in Shanghai. I finally decided it was time to just go ahead and make my own. French toast is easy to make, as is a peanut butter sandwich. I used bread from my local gluten free bakery and natural peanut butter but any type of bread and nut butter works as an alternative.
Each time I had this the bread had been cut rather thick so if you use thick pieces make sure to really soak your sandwich in the egg mixture or you will be left with a eggy outside and dry inside ( you might notice that mine had not soaked enough in the above picture). I topped mine with local honey and cinnamon, but maple syrup, agave syrup or even jam would make a great topping.
This is a super easy recipe to make, great for brunch or to use up some day old bread. I also recommend this as a great recipe to make with kids.
- 4 Slices gluten free sandwich bread, cut thickly
- Peanut butter, or any type of nut butter
- 2 Eggs
- 4 Tbsp dairy free milk
- 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
- Whisk eggs and milk together until frothy in a shallow bowl large enough for bread.
- Spread a generous layer of peanut butter onto two slice of bread.
- Combine the pieces of bread together and marinate in the egg mixture, letting each side a good minute or two to soak up the eggs. Make sure to also get sides of the sandwich.
- Heat some coconut oil over medium heat and add sandwich to pan.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, as well as turning onto the edges to cook.
- Remove from heat and serve while still warm topped with cinnamon and honey.