Saturday, March 1, 2008

French Toast w/ Homemade French Bread

I mentioned in the post below that some serious motivation was required to make me complete the last Daring Baker challenge. I must admit that my sister was a big part of the motivation, but I also was motivated by the thought of a thick slice of homemade french toast. I experimented with an Allrecipes French Toast recipe on Christmas morning this year with some thick slices of Challah bread and it was great, but I envisioned that fresh French bread would make it amazing.

Usually my hubby is lucky if he gets breakfast at all on weekday mornings, so I think he was feeling especially fortunate when I told him that I was making a nice, hot breakfast on a weekday. So I got up early, ran my pitiful one mile, then came home and got the French toast going. It actually ended up being a really quick to cook so that part wasn't too bad.

The results were absolutely fabulous! I just dipped my hubby's toast in the egg mixture to make sure his wasn't soggy in the middle, but I soaked mine a little longer to get the flavor throughout. I think we were both quite pleased with the end result. I have to say though that the fresh French bread definitely made a difference. The slices were so thick and the bread soaked up the mixture like a sponge. YUM! If you are a French toast fan then you definitely need to try making it with French bread!

Here's the recipe:
From Allrecipes (2 servings)

4 thick slices bread
2 eggs
1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
salt to taste

I usually add a little powdered sugar to the mixture so you get a little caramelization on the outside of the bread

Beat together egg, milk, salt, desired spices and vanilla.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle of skillet over medium-high flame.
Dunk each slice of bread in egg mixture, soaking both sides. Place in pan, and cook on both sides until golden. Serve hot. I spread some butter on each slice and of course smothered it in maple syrup!


Peabody said...

Oh, I should have made french toast with mine, what a great idea.

Jenny said...

Hmm, maybe THAT is what I'll do with my last loaf. Lol, I have said that about five ideas so far. What a great use of your DB challenge bread!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the challah bread, my favorite place to buy from is Holy Food Imports. I don't have too much time in my schedule to bake from scratch so I always buy my challah bread from HFI and it is soo delicious.