Growing up, breakfast at my house was always simple during the school week. Slices of toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal would usually suffice. But Saturday morning was a whole other story. My mom got up and made some sort of sumptuous breakfast. Usually it was pancakes, but sometimes, if we were lucky, she would whip her French toast recipe. I would help my mom whiskey with eggs and milk, dip the remaining bread we had from our school sandwich that week, and watch as she would fry them on the pan. So basically, I learned how to make the best French toast from a young age!
I may not be able to experience the special mornings at home that often, but I definitely love waking up and making a plate of French toast on a Saturday morning, especially using the few tricks I’ve picked up over the years .
The secret to making the best French toast
So what makes my French toast recipe different from the kind I grew up with? A little bit of added vanilla extract! This small amount of added flavor transforms the French toast from a slice of simple egg bread into a delicious meal to wake up to. Ever since I started adding vanilla extract to my French toast recipe, I never looked back. I would definitely consider it the single best way to make French toast.
Use any bread you like
The best thing about this recipe is how versatile it can be. You can make French toast with all the bread you have on hand. You can try it with simple sliced sandwich bread or my personal favorite, slices of an excess, crusty French baguette or Italian bread. For this example, I actually used a leftover semolina bread which had some sesame seeds sprinkled on top – a unique added touch to this French toast recipe.
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
8 slices of crusty bread
Syrup, for serving
1/4 cup sugar for serving
1 tablespoon cinnamon for serving
How to make French toast
Combine eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a bowl. Make sure the bowl is large enough to dip the bread. I like to use a flatter bowl for this – like a low pasta dish – to make dipping easier. If you have a lot of leftover eggs, here are 13 chefs-approved ways to use your eggs that will blow your mind.
Soak the slices in the egg mixture for a few seconds on each side. I like to use leftovers, crusty bread I have for French toast, but all bread works for this recipe. This is also a great way to use stale bread if you have something! To store your bread properly, here’s why you shouldn’t keep bread on the counter (and where to store it instead).
Heat a skillet over medium heat, and melt some butter on the pan. You don’t need much – just enough to cover the bottom. Transfer the dipped bread to the pan and fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, or until toasted and golden brown.
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Place your French toast and drizzle with some maple syrup. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together, then sprinkle it on top of the bread. You may not be able to use all the cinnamon sugar for this recipe – that’s okay! Save it the next time you make French toast.
- Whiskey together eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
- Place a skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter on the pan and swirl around to coat. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture and allow to soak for a few seconds on each side. The trick is to strike a balance between damp and foggy.
- Fry the bread on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until it is tasty and golden brown.
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle the toast with syrup and sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar.
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