Sunday, September 29, 2013

Classic French Toast

Every once in awhile I like to sneak French toast into my pancake routine. Last Saturday morning I did just that, arriving at the local bread shop by 8:30 a.m. in search of a day-old loaf of French brioche. This recipe from Alton Brown of the Food Network produced a classic French toast taste, that was perfectly sweet. I swapped the recipe's half and half for whole milk, which I happened to have in the fridge, and added some cinnamon to the batter. Serve the French toast with bananas, powdered sugar, and real maple syrup for happy bellies.

Classic French Toast
Adapted from The Food Network
Makes 8 slices

1 cup whole milk
3 eggs
2 T. honey
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. (or more) cinnamon
8 slices of day-old brioche, challah, or other bread

Preheat your oven to 375. Arrange a cooling rack in a sheet pan.

Warm honey in the microwave for 20 seconds. Beat together milk, eggs, honey, cinnamon, and salt. Pour mixture into a pie pan or shallow dish. Dip bread slices into the mixture for 30 seconds on each side. Transfer bread to the cooling rack to allow excess batter to drip off.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook slices until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. After cooking, place slices on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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