Chef Wendell: Mother’s Day french toast re-do

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – When Mom’s happy, everyone is happy. This year, shower mom with thoughtfulness, love and gratitude, and that includes showing her love with food.

Ordering a greasy pizza does not say, “I love you.” When making the best breakfast in bed, french toast is a perennial pleasing breakfast option.

This is a day and a chance to express gratitude, so try to take extra time and prepare it with a lot of love.

Tradition is comfortable, but Americans are shifting away from the traditional french toast made with white sliced bread, margarine and syrup. Those lack nutritional value.

Restaurants advertise a higher caloric version, that resembles more of a fattening dessert than a wholesome, nourishing breakfast.

Mother’s Day French Toast Re-Do

5 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 1/2 cups almond, coconut or hempseed milk
  • 1/4 cup grand marnier or marsala
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 loaf oat, whole grain or gluten-free bread
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Real maple syrup, for serving
  • Handful of washed, drained, and hulled strawberries

• In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, liquor, orange and lemon zest, orange juice, syrup and salt. Whisk to combined.

• Heat the butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat.

• One at a time, dip the bread slices into egg mixture and moisten thoroughly. Do not over-soak.

• Quickly transfer soaked bread to skillet and cook until deep golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

• Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with fibrous flax seed and serve hot with homemade strawberry maple syrup. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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