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Carabao’s Milk French Toast

Milk drinkers will love Carabao’s (water buffalo) milk for its creamier taste and slightly thicker consistency. It is also higher in calcium and protein and has less cholesterol than cow’s milk. In the Philippines, carabaos are practically revered for their faithfulness in the farm and are largely grass-fed. It is a simple diet free from hormones or antibiotics. Years ago this milk was a rare thing at the grocery and a challenge to transport and keep from spoiling. We find it far more easily these days and is thankfully pasteurized. It is the milk of choice for local artisan makers of cheese, ice cream or butter (Read: next level butter). We have many plans for this milk and to start we used it to make the rich custard of our French Toast. You’re welcome.

Carabao’s Milk French Toast

MAKES ABOUT 6 SERVINGS

YOU WILL NEED
1 cup Carabao’s Milk (pasteurized, not raw)
thick slices of dried bread (see note below)
3 eggs (beaten)
oil
butter
teaspoon of sugar
sprinkle of cinnamon
dash of vanilla
pinch of salt

TO MAKE
1. Drying the Bread: Rather than let the bread get old (and possibly moldy), you can dry the bread in the oven the day before making the french toast. Simply put the bread slices in a sheet pan in the lowest heat, enough to dry it out but not brown. Kind of like a pale toast. In about 15 minutes, the slices will be dry and hard and perfect for dunking in the custard. Let cool and set aside at room temperature wrapped well in their original package or in a bread container. We used a very eggy, thick but soft loaf for this recipe similar to a pullman loaf.

2. Mix the milk, eggs, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and sugar in a shallow dish to make the custard.

3. Add a bit of oil to a non-stick frying pan, enough to shallow-fry each slice of bread. Add a bit of butter to the oil.

4. Dunk each slice of the dried bread into the custard, about 15 seconds per side (literally), and then fry in the oil-butter mixture until nicely browned on each side, turning just once.

5. Serve immediately with butter and syrup on the side. Coffee, some good orange juice and your fave bacon optional but highly recommended.

P.S. We used this milk, which was available at our local grocery, and Here’s Why Carabao Milk is Really an Underrated Superdrink

*Photo by Ina Amor Mejia.

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