Waking up to the smell of French toast is the sign that it’s the weekend. It’s not that it can’t be eaten at other times, but it just signals the days of the week when life is more relaxed. To make it the best, there is a simple secret ingredient that is added – read on.
Why is it called French toast? It apparently has many claims to origin and a lengthy history dating from the middle ages. One very plausible thought is that it’s a way to breathe life into stale bread – making it into a delicious meal instead of throwing it away.
As with any recipe, the quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. The bread used to make French toast is important. Although any kind can be used, sour dough, Challah, French bread, Italian bread, or other hearty breads make the best. If you slice your own, make it a little thicker for this recipe. And remember – if your bread is a little stale, don’t worry – it will make it perfect.
And the secret ingredient? Adding flour to the egg mixture makes it more like a batter than a thin custard. It makes a measureable difference.
Best French Toast Recipe
Ingredients for Best French Toast:
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk or cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Dash of salt
- 2 tablespoons oil or butter
- 4 slices bread – preferably stale
- Butter and syrup for condiments
Directions for making the Best French toast:
Whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, flour, and dash of salt.
Put the oil or butter on a griddle or a large skillet – spread evenly. Turn the griddle on to medium-high heat (if using butter, be careful that it doesn’t burn).
Dip the bread slices – one at a time – into the egg mixture. Do not let the bread soak; put a slice in, turn it over, and let it stay just long enough to absorb some of the egg mixture. Place each slice in a single layer on the hot griddle, let it cook just a little, and flip it over. Continue cooking until golden brown on both sides. Serve warm with butter, syrup, powdered sugar, or preserves.
Other recipes for stale bread:
Apple bread pudding with vanilla sauce
Pumpkin bread pudding
Peanut butter bread pudding swirled with chocolate
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