Choosing the Best Bread
While you can make French toast using any kind of bread, some slices produce superior results. Buttery-rich egg breads, such as challah (a traditional Jewish bread) or brioche, are light and airy and soak up just enough of the egg mixture to taste special without getting soggy. Toasting bread and English muffin bread both have a slightly coarse texture that also holds up well for French toast. Sliced French bread is also a good option. Try using day-old bread for French toast as well, since it is usually a bit drier, which helps to prevent gumminess. Thin-sliced basic white and whole wheat breads can be dense and end up a bit gummy. For challah, brioche, or French bread, cut into eight 1/2-inch slices.
1. Dip the Bread in Egg Mixture
For four servings of French toast (two slices each), in a medium bowl whisk 4 eggs until lightly beaten. Whisk in 1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Using tongs, dip half of the bread slices (four pieces) into the egg mixture, coating all sides. For challah, brioche, or French bread, let each bread slice soak in the egg mixture about 10 seconds per each side. With the tongs, hold each bread slice over the bowl of egg mixture to let the excess mixture drip off the bread.
- Tip: The egg mixture is flexible -- use any kind of milk or even half-and-half. Brown sugar can be substituted for the sugar. If you like, add 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel or orange peel.
3. Cook Until Golden Brown
Cook the French toast for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Using a wide spatula, turn the slices over and cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until golden brown on the other side. Transfer the cooked French toast to a platter; cover to keep warm. Dip the remaining four bread slices in the egg mixture. Melt another 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet and repeat the cooking directions with the remaining coated bread slices.
4. Serve the French Toast
Serve the French toast warm. Maple syrup is a traditional accompaniment to French toast, but you can also top it with fruit-flavor syrup or sauce; sliced fresh strawberries or blueberries; or chopped assorted fresh fruit. Another option is to spread it with a little additional butter and drizzle with melted seedless raspberry jam or cherry jelly.
* Tip: If serving French toast with syrup, consider heating it in a saucepan or in the microwave oven until warm. This way, it won't cool off the French toast.
- Choose-a-Bread French Toast: Prepare as above, except substitute sliced cinnamon bread or banana bread for the bread slices.
- Crispy-Coated French Toast: Prepare as above, except after dipping bread slices into egg mixture, coat both sides with shredded coconut, ground pecans, or crushed cornflakes.
- Orange-Spiced French Toast: Prepare as above, except stir 2 teaspoons orange liqueur, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg into the egg mixture.
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