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I grew up with mountains of French toast. It was such wonderful memory of my childhood that I taught my children how to make it as soon as they were old enough to use a griddle. For an extra special treat, use thick slices of homemade bread a day or two past their prime. Aged bread soaks up flavorings like a sponge. We find that Ciabatta works exceptionally well because of its open crumb and firm texture. It takes French toast to a whole new level.

French Toast Recipe

  • Makes: 12
  • Calories per: 148
  • Active Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
WHAT YOU NEED WHAT TO DO WHY
  • 12 slices aged bread
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
Arrange bread in a single layer in a shallow pan. In a small bowl, whisk egg and seasonings vigorously together until loose and frothy. Pour over bread, turn to coat; set aside. Loose eggs are critical. Unmixed egg white is quite unattractive on the surface of fried French Toast.
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter, cut into tablespoon-sized pieces
First batch: In a 12-inch ceramic nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, circulate 1 tablespoon of butter to coat the base. When it begins to foam (~2 minutes), arrange 4-6 bread slices on the griddle; fry each side until browned. Repeat in more batches, using remaining butter and bread. When the butter foams it indicates that the griddle is hot enough to discourage sticking.
  • Fresh fruit, syrup, honey, peanut butter, etc.
Serve hot with desired toppings. If holding, transfer to a plate and cover with an oversized inverted bowl. Reheat in a toaster oven. Covering reduces heat loss and dehydration.

TO FREEZE: Freeze in freezer bags marked with date and contents. Do not refrigerate; it stales bread. Reheat in a toaster.

GREAT WITH: Butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, diced apples, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, pecans or walnuts… Pancake Syrup, Blackberry Topping, Chocolate Sauce, Peanut Butter Sauce or Nutella Sauce.

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4 thoughts on “French Toast

    1. Thank you! I recommend lots of butter and copious amounts of syrup. Of course, sliced bananas are a nice addition, as well as strawberries…

      Anyway! I am over checking out your site and the Brown Sugar and Nutmeg cupcakes look wonderful!

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