Friday, February 12, 2010

Best French Toast

French toast is a real treat.  It's not exactly what I would call a healthy, well-balanced breakfast, but it sure is yummy.  So, every now and again it's worth having a Yummy for breakfast, instead of a whole grain...because I'm sorry, whole grain french toast just doesn't cut it!


French Bread (baguette)
1-2 eggs
Real Butter
Maple Syrup

Don't use sandwich bread if you want REALLY good French Toast.  Because I am a glutton for punishment, LOL, I make a loaf of French Bread the day before so that it will be the perfect texture by the next morning.  You can skip this step and purchase a French Baguette from your grocery's bakery section, but you MUST use French Bread or even Brioche if you want it to be fantastic!

Slice the bread in about 3/4 inch thick slices on the diagonal.  In a shallow dish or bowl, lightly scramble 1-2 eggs (depending on how much toast you're making).  Add some milk, not too much, just enough to give it a good liquid dipping amount.  You don't want it overly eggy tasting, and you don't want to loose the thickness of the egg, so go easy here.  Add a dash of Vanilla flavoring and a good sprinkle of Cinnamon, whisk it up...

Lay two pieces of bread in there gently tap it down to let it soak up a bit of juice...immediately add 1/2 tsp butter to a small non-stick skillet and turn it up to med-high....

After about 20 seconds, flip it over, gently pushing it under a bit to soak up more milky egg juice.  No more than 20 seconds here as well.  Turn the pan down just a smidge, you don't want the butter to burn,  just be nicely melted and sizzly.  Pop the bread in the pan...

Let it cook for a couple of minutes, turning only when the underside is nicley golden brown.  The trick here is "Temperature".  If the pan is too hot, the outside will burn and the inside wont' be cooked at all.  If the heat is too low, it will take forever to brown the outside while the inside get's gummy. 

Flip it when it's gorgeous!

I keep plates in the oven on "warm" and lay the slices on each plate as they cook.  They stay warm and they stay crispy.

Warm some Maple syrup and drizzle over these slices.  If you choose, add a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream and some fruit.  If you want protein, scramle an egg on the side.

Voila!  Breakfast!


Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Oh MY that looks good!! Can I come over?? LOL! I adore French toast but don't make it often.

Sherry said...

I have to agree that it tastes best when not done with whole grain. LOL! Yours looks divine!!

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