Wednesday, October 20, 2010

French Toast

As you can tell by many of my food postings, I like Breakfast.  I have such a sweet tooth, which makes eating lots of sweet things at the start of the day very appealing.  I find days when I don't eat breakfast to be unsettling and frantic at times.

There have been posts about waffles and a country breakfast bowl, but now my favorite and easiest to make: French Toast!

The dish was designed to make the best of stale bread.  The stiffness of the bread keeps it from getting mushy and falling all over the place in the egg mixture.  I always try to use stale bread, bread from the freezer, or one with a dense crumb.
This time I used Panera's Cinnamon Raisin Bread, because, well, I work there. And it's delicious.

The recipe is fairly basic: eggs, milk or cream, then flavorings like cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.

I normally do not use measurements, but instead crack an egg in a shallow bowl and beat in some milk until it looks right, but here is a simple recipe from allrecipes that includes measurements:


6 thick slices bread
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
salt to taste

For me the biggest thing is getting the bread equally saturated on both sides.  For God's sake, please don't let it soak, unless you are planning on baking it in a casserole dish...

Then just fry it up until the sides are golden and delicious!

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