Read an excerpt from the story "Gimme Some Sugar" by Jay Coles, from the collection Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food and Love. Copyright 2019, Simon & Schuster.
Leo, the character in the story, found his recipe on the Internet. There are a few different versions of it out there. Here are two of them:
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The recipe below is adapted from the Internet recipes and the description in the story. You can adapt it to suit your diet and whatever ingredients you have at home. Any kind of milk can be used. Leo uses rice milk in the story. Any type of sweet, crunchy cereal would work in place of Cap'n Crunch. Eggs can be substituted with cornstarch, and the sugar and cinnamon can also be left out or substituted.
Click here for a short how-to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2MwOM7Jd-E
Cap'n Crunch French Toast
1 Cup Milk
1 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Cups of Cap'n Crunch cereal
6 Slices Bread
Beat the eggs and milk together in a bowl. Add the cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, and nutmeg.
Beat the sandwich bag of cereal with a frying pan until the pieces are "smashed and powdery like a great dry rub."
Pour the cereal powder into a baking pan for dredging.
Dip a piece of bread into the liquid, then dredge it in the cereal powder.
Heat 1/2 Tablespoon of butter per slice of bread in the frying pan over medium heat.
Cook French toast in the frying pan until it's crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
Serve the French toast with maple syrup and fruit salad. Leo uses leftover strawberries and blueberries, and "seriously ripe" bananas. You can use whatever fruit you have. Fruit salad is a great way to use the leftover fruit you have that is maybe getting a little squishy or past its prime.
Listen while you cook:
Leo turns up "No Regrets" by Lecrae as he cooks.
Also by the author:
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