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The Best French Toast

This recipe calls for actual french bread dipped in a batter flavored with brown sugar and cinnamon. This makes for a thick, indulgent french toast that keeps you reaching for more! Perfect to kick-start your day!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups milk

Instructions

  • Whisk all of your French toast ingredients together until completely blended and foamy.
  • Slice the French bread 1 inch thick slices.
  • Lay bread in a shallow baking dish (9x13 pan or similar). Pour batter over bread. Let bread sit for about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice. The bread should be saturated, and the tough crust should begin to soften.
  • Preheat a griddle to 325°. (If you are using a pan and stovetop, see notes.)
  • When the bread is ready, carefully move to preheated griddle or pan. The bread will be heavy and will tear if you're not careful.
  • Cook for 1 ½ or 2 minutes (or until golden brown), and flip. Cook on the other side for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until golden. Be sure to cook it long enough that the egg in the middle of the bread is cooked. You can flip several times to give the egg in the middle of the bread more time to cook. Just be careful not to burn the bread. (If using thinner bread, the cooking time will be shorter).
  • Serve warm with butter, syrup, and fresh fruit (optional).

Notes

The amount of people this recipe will serve depends on the type of bread you use and how thick you cut your bread.
If you are using regular sliced bread, the recipe will make A LOT more French toast. Adjust accordingly. If in doubt, make less egg batter. It is very easy to whip up a little more if you need. 
Also, If using regular bread, DO NOT soak. It will not hold up. Instead, simply dip the bread, flipping it a few times, and then place it on the griddle.
If you are using French bread, you want the bread to be saturated.  
Stove Top: Melt a little butter in your pan over medium heat. Add bread, don't overcrowd, and cook until golden brown (1 1/2 - 2 minutes), flip, and cook the other side.