Posted by: heliamphora | 3 September, 2008

…Because life is so uncertain.

Last Caturday I was so absorbed in chatting that I left it too late to make anything worth a damn for dinner. So I made dessert instead.

I was just dying to make my second batch of coconut custard. Oh, it’s so heavenly, you’ve no idea. People who think vegan food is deprivation? Try this. It does, however, rely on your being able to obtain vegan custard powder. Mine is Orgran. It makes me insanely happeh quite excited to use something that’s actually labelled with the V word!

Having recently awoken my griller/sandwich-press from hibernation, and having run out of oil AND margarine for frying, I thought I’d try grilling my French toast. (In case you don’t know, vegan French toast is basically, er, pancake toast. You’ll see.) Bonus: it’s fat-free!! (Until you pour coconut custard over it. LOL.)

French Toast & Coconut Custard

French Toast & Coconut Custard

Vegan French Toast, and Coconut Custard

3-4 slices of bread, depending on size
half a cup of flour (I use barley)
a spoonful of sugar (or agave/maple syrup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
lots of cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1 ripe banana
soy milk (preferably vanilla)

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Mash the banana and stir it into the dry ingredients along with enough soy milk to make a medium-thick pancake batter consistency. You want it to be able to soak into the bread without running off too much.

Preheat your grill to medium-low heat. Pour the mixture into a flat bowl/tray. Soak the bread in it for a few minutes either side, or until it’s all soaked up. Put the slices of bread onto the grill and close the press. Heat for a few minutes, then turn, and keep heating/turning until nice brown grill marks appear. Then remove toast from the gorilla griller.

3 tablespoons vegan custard powder
half a cup coconut cream / one cup coconut milk
water to make up to 500ml total liquid
sugar/agave to taste

Combine the coconut cream with the water. Warm a saucepan and briskly whisk together the custard powder, sweetener and liquid in it. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Keep whisking/stirring until nicely thickened. Remove from heat.

To serve: Place the French toast on a pretty plate. Add some fresh/canned fruit if you so desire. Pour over as much custard as you want. Devour.

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