Basic French Toast

French toast is a fantastic way to kick off a weekend. Use stale bread and the right technique to get it crispy on the outside and custard-like on the inside.

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Basic French Toast

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 15 m
  • Total Time: 25 m
  • Servings:
    4

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 to 10 thick slices French or Italian bread ¾-inch thick slices
  • butter to grease the pan

Instructions

  1. In a wide and shallow bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla extract together until well combined.
  2. Pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. While the pan is heating up, soak the first batch of bread slices. The bread should soak in the batter for about 20 to 30 seconds per side.
  3. Add about 2 teaspoons of butter to the skillet and let it melt. Transfer the bread slices from the batter to the skillet, and cook each side until it is golden brown – about 1 to 2 minutes per side. While each batch of bread is finishing, soak the next batch of bread in the batter, and repeat this step until all the bread has been cooked.
  4. You can hold the finished French toast warm in a 200˚ F oven, but it is better to serve it immediately.
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