Ooo La La! French Toast, a breakfast or brunch favorite by many. If you’ve never had it, French Toast is just bread that has been soaked in an egg custard then toasted. It’s easy to make.
1 loaf Egg Bread (also called Challah) , you can use Texas Toast bread if you prefer
1 c Half & Half, if you don’t have half & half you can use 1/2 c Milk and 1/2 c Heavy Cream
1/8 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Salt
Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
Pure Maple Syrup
Powdered Sugar (optional)
I start the night before I go to bed by slicing off 1″ pieces of bread that will be used for the French Toast and allow them to sit out overnight to dry out some. It helps make the bread a bit more sturdy after you dip it in the custard the next morning so you don’t have a soggy mess.
The next morning your bread pieces are ready to go. This recipe will soak up all of the custard so if you’re making more than 4 pieces, just double the custard recipe.
In a bowl beat one egg and add one cup of half and half and mix together. Add vanilla and cinnamon and combine into custard mixture.
Heat your skillet over medium heat. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees too. When the skillet is heated add a pat of butter. Add a slice of your bread to the custard and allow it to soak on each side for a minute.
Add the custard soaked bread slice to the skillet and brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
Repeat steps above for each slice. Don’t soak bread until you’re ready to add it to the skillet.
Add browned slices to a sheet pan that will go in the oven once you’ve finished all slices in the skillet.
Place your sheet pan with French Toast in the pre-heated oven and bake for 5 minutes. This will ensure all custard is cooked through in the middle and makes a nice crunchy exterior to each piece.
Serve by dusting with powdered sugar if you like and drizzling with maple syrup.
Other serving suggestions: Top with fruit, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream.