Looking for the perfect way to start the day? I came across a photo of some AMAZING French Toast today, so I decided to start digging. Did you know that recipes for French Toast date back too cook books published in the 4th or 5th centuries? The fact that we call French Toast by its name is even more remarkable now, since it’s been around even longer than France the country. Impressive!
In searching for the best recipe, I discovered a few interesting, but not-so-secret facts:
Thicker slices of bread work better than thin slices.
Pre-toast the bread in the oven or toaster before dipping it into batter.
And here is the PERFECT FRENCH TOAST RECIPE:
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
1. Preheat the oven to 300F
2. 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.
3. Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended.
4. Transfer the mixture to a large baking pan.
5. Soak the bread in the mixture about 20 seconds per side, then transfer to a separate baking sheet.
6. Lower oven temperature to 200F to keep cooked french toast warm.
7. 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.
8. Transfer toast to a baking sheet, and place in the oven.
9. Repeat until all toast is cooked. Serve warm with butter, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup.
Most importantly, Enjoy!
Here’s a great video to watch from a chef: