Saturday, June 14, 2008

Best French Toast Ever

Growing up in England I never really had french toast as I know it today. I never saw much of it in France either but in the US its on every breakfast and brunch menu across the country; each one touted as the 'best ever'. Luckily I know an expert on the subject. Dr. Dave isn't much of a foodie. In the 'eat to live', 'live to eat' camps he falls into the former, however, he is a complete french toast aficionado. I've made it for him many times to mixed reviews but in recent months my recipe tweaking paid off and this was declared the 'best french toast ever'. That works for me!

Recipe Ingredients (for 6)

1 challah loaf cut into slices at least 1" thick

2 cups milk

1 tsp sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

oil/butter for frying

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

confectioners / icing sugar

Recipe Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients, except the bread & confectioners sugar, in a shallow dish.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and have a baking sheet greased & ready.

  3. Dunk the bread slices into the batter and turn. Soak at least a minute.

  4. Whilst the bread is soaking heat the oil/butter in a large frying pan.

  5. Fry the bread in batches until golden, adding more oil/butter when necessary.

  6. Keep the cooked toast hot in the oven on the baking sheet where it will puff up and become even more souffle like.
  7. Dust with confectioners sugar.

  8. Loosen trousers.

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