Guest Blogger: Deerly Beloved Baker – Savoury French Toast With Tomato and Red Onion sauce

19 Feb

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This post comes from Deerly Beloved Bakery. Deerly Beloved Bakery is a vegan bakery run by Kayleigh Read specialising in vegan cakes, chocolates, truffles, pastries, biscuits, cupcakes, muffins, breads, salads, starters, mains and desserts. Kayleigh absolutely adores baking and experimenting to make delicious cruelty free, vegan treats! Deerly Beloved’s cakes contain no hydrogenated fats, char bone processed sugars, or GMOs. They only use real bourbon vanilla and try to source all their packaging from recycled, biodegradable and FSC materials.

Deerly Beloved Bakery’s cakes and bakes are currently available at Waterstones Cafe W, St Benedicts Food Store and Biddy’s Tea Room. In early 2011 Kayleigh started a vegan recipe and life style blog and recently wrote her first recipe Zine ‘Adventures From A Vegan Kitchen’ and started a vegan get together group in her home town of Norwich. She has also had her recipes published in Chickpea Magazine, Vegetarian Living Magazine and The Vegan Woman Website.

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Tonight I made the best ever savoury French Toast with Tomato and Red Onion Sauce, and it was super yummy. You know when you eat a meal and want to eat it again because it was so yummy? Well this French Toast was one of those meals! It’s crispy on the outside and fluffy and quiche like in the middle. I can see this becoming a new favourite in our house! 

Now in the past I have tried to make french toast before and along with a rubbish pan that wasn’t non-stick enough (I got a new Ecolution non-stick pan for Christmas and it is a dream!) and I made the batter to runny. This recipe for the batter may seem thick but trust me it is delicious and pretty simple to make. The longest bit is leaving the bread in the pan long enough to get that lovely golden crunchy outside! I would recommend popping an oven proof dish in the oven too, (before you start frying) and whacking up the heat to keep each slice warm and crisp and then serving them all up at once!

Tomato and Onion Sauce:


1 Red Onion sliced into strips

1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

Pinch of Salt

1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano

1/2 Tsp of Sugar

1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar

Glug of Olive Oil

1/2 Cup of Fresh Cherry Tomatoes for later

In a pan fry the onions until golden then add the tin of tomatoes, salt, oregano, sugar and balsamic and allow to reduce by half. Check the seasoning and then pop to one side. You should have a very thick and rich tomato sauce which would also be amazing with pasta!

Now make your French Toast!

Savoury French Toast:


6 Slices of White day old Bread

1 Carton of Silken Tofu

4 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast

Good Pinch of Salt and Black Pepper

1/2 Tsp of Dried Mixed Herbs

2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

2 Tbsp of Soya Milk

Olive Oil to fry

In a bowl add all the ingredients (except the bread) and whisk to make a thick paste which has some texture but is pretty smooth. Take each slice of bread and coat with the batter. Take your non-stick pan and when really hot add a 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Gently place a slice of the batter dipped bread into the pan and stand back a bit as the oil can spit!!!!! Don’t be tempted to turn it over for at least a minute, gently lift the bread and check that it is a rich golden colour, if it isn’t leave it to cook for another minute or so. Then flip and repeat with the other side. When browned on both sides, transfer it to our heated oven dish, add another 1/2 tsp of olive oil and start on the next slice of bread until you have cooked them all.

Just added to the pan.
Nicely browned!

Once you have cooked all the slices, take the remaining cherry tomatoes cut them in half and quickly brown them in the pan, these will give a lovely texture with the tomato sauce! Now plate up! Cut the french toast in triangles, spoon over the sauce and add the browned cherry tomatoes on top! And eat! X


5 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Deerly Beloved Baker – Savoury French Toast With Tomato and Red Onion sauce”

  1. dhbg February 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Omg, I love it! Savory French toast is genius!

  2. An Unrefined Vegan February 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Savory French Toast?! Amazing!

  3. Emma February 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    The English version of french toast is traditionally savoury- it’s called “eggy bread”- although that doesn’t seem quite right for a vegan version! Anyway, I haven’t tried veganizing it yet but looks like you’ve done the hard work for me 🙂 It looks delicious.

    • deerly beloved bakery February 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Thanks guys! I have to say I was really surprised and happy about how great it tastes. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. Herbivore Triathlete February 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I’ve never tried savory french toast but this looks amazing! In fact, I haven’t had any kind of french toast since going vegan. That has to change ASAP!

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