Looking for the perfect Saturday or Sunday breakfast? A batch of french toast will be a hit with young and old. For the best french toast, thicker slices of bread work better than thinner, egg breads like challah have a richer taste, and pre-toasting the bread before dipping it in the batter helps prevent sogginess.
French Toast Recipe
(makes 4 servings)
8 thick slices bread (a hearty white bread should work, about 1/2" slices)
1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus extra for skillet
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 300F Place bread on a wire rack or baking sheet. Bake bread about 8 minutes. flip, then bake another 8 minutes. Remove from rack and let cook 5 minutes. Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Transfer the mixture to a large baking pan. Soak the bread in the mixture about 20 seconds per side, then transfer to a separate baking sheet. Lower oven temperature to 200F to keep cooked french toast warm. Add butter to a skillet, and cook over low heat. Transfer slices of bread to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer toast to a baking sheet, and place in the oven. Repeat until all toast is cooked. Serve warm with butter, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup.