Rainbow French Toast is beautiful, fun, educational, and delicious. Get ready to set up the most wonderful weekend lunch.
When I started this recipe, I really feared the worst. First, the Americans who make the rainbow bread use sweetened condensed milk and don't bake the bread. In my case, the egg and milk mixture was yellow and might have given weirder colors than theirs. Also, baking might change the colors and I wondered if the colors mixed together by young children would make their French toast look unappetizing. Plus, I broke and mixed the eggs myself (what an idea!) and my son thought I should have waited for him. Let's say that at this point in the story, my hope of having a good time and creating something beautiful was six out of ten.
You will need…
To create Rainbow French Toast, you first whisk together eggs and milk and separate your mixture into seven bowls (or six). You will also need food coloring and bread. The colors you get will be pastel.
A little autonomy
I let my son putthe dye drops alone in the primary colors because there was no risk. I supervised it a little closer with the secondary colors. By the way, the purple initially looked a bit gray, so several drops of dye had to be added. Luckily, it doesn't change the taste.
The seven colors of the rainbow (or six…let's say six)
Before adding the food coloring, we looked at the colors of the rainbow together and I explained to my son that there were seven of them. I also discovered that Isaac Azimov did not agree with the use of the color indigo which seemed to him unworthy of being part of the rainbow since it is only perceived as a slightly deeper blue. The presence of indigo is therefore mixed (a bit like that of Pluto), and that's good because it's difficult to create with pastel colors… and I only had six bowls!
Here, the mixture is ready and the children are ready to paint their slices of bread! Note that the bigger the brush, the easier it is for toddlers to soak their bread.
If you don't have brushes, you can also dip your bread slices directly into the bowls. The result will be just as interesting.
It's cooking time
Cooking doesn't spoil the color, at least not enough for children torecognize their creation more, and you will find that children are more patient when they paint while you bake their bread. It was a really fun experience that made my son say I have the best restaurant in the world. Bon appetit!