What is it about bread soaked in eggs that is so delicious? The bread options are endless: white bread, whole wheat bread, cinnamon swirl bread, pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread (Hello Autumn!) The recipe, as you will notice is from Alton Brown because when he’s right he’s right and it can never be wrong to have French toast. Serve with powdered sugar and fresh fruits or as we prefer with maple syrup. (Use the real stuff please!! If it doesn’t come from a tree then it’s not maple syrup.) Perfect even for those hectic weekday mornings.
1 cup half-and-half
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
¼ teaspoon salt
8 (½ in thick) slices day old bread
4 tablespoons butter
Maple syrup, whipped cream and fruit, for serving
In a medium bowl whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey and salt ( you can do this the night before) When ready to cook pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture and allow it to soak for 30 seconds on each side. Remove to a cooling rack sitting over a sheet pan and allow it to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
Over medium low heat melt 1 tablespoon of butter on a griddle (or sauté pan). Place slices of bread on griddle and cook until golden brown. Remove from heat and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread. Serve immediately with desired garnish.