French toast is a family-pleasing breakfast favorite, but it’s also a wonderful way to use up leftover dinner rolls from a party the night before. French toast makes a super selection for a festive holiday brunch, a relaxed weekend morning, or an out-the-door school day start.
It’s easy to be frugal and whip up a fancy morning meal of French toast at the same time.
Don’t toss those half-trimmed loaves of French bread, Hawaiian rounds, or baked buns. As long as they’re not flavored with garlic, onion, or other savory seasons, you can use them to make this delicious brunch treat.
In fact, slightly dry and not-quite-stale breads actually make better French toast than the fluffy, fresh-from-the-oven ones.
Here’s how to make yummy French toast with leftover party breads for the whole family.
First, gather the basic French toast ingredients.
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Several slices of leftover breads
- Vegetable oil spray
- Butter or margarine
- Maple syrup (warmed)
Slice half a loaf of French or Italian bread into one-inch-thick slabs. Or trim dinner rolls into similar widths.
Crack the eggs into a shallow, flat-bottomed dish. Add the milk and cinnamon. Whisk these ingredients together to make the French toast mix.
Spray a large flat flying pan or griddle with vegetable oil, and preheat the pan over a medium heat.
Dip each slice of bread into the egg mix, flipping the bread over to soak on both sides, but not allowing it to become soppy and soggy. Place the egged bread in the frying pan. Repeat with additional slices until the frying pan is filled.
Fry French toast, flipping pieces to toast both sides.
Even cubed breads or crusty strips, such as those prepared for appetizer dipping, can be transformed into fabulous French toast bites. Just toss them into the egg mix, and fry them up for serving. Plain, cinnamon, or raisin bagels may be used, if they are cut into extra-thin slices.
Serve French toast immediately with butter or margarine and warmed maple syrup. Keep prepared slices toasty warm for a few minutes in a low-heat oven, if not serving right away.
As a variation, try topping French toast with fresh berries and whipped cream, instead of maple syrup. Or simply dust French toast with powdered sugar, and sprinkle the juice of a freshly cut lemon before serving.
This French toast recipe may be halved or doubled, depending upon the number of diners expected for breakfast.
Rouse those sleepy-heads for a delicious home-cooked fancy French breakfast.
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