11 September 2009

The best french toast ever. Golden brown and crispy on the outside and soft and custard-y on the inside.

We had some leftover french bread from the soup dinner at church Wednesday night so I cut it into thick slices and set it out last night when we went to bed. Friday is Jim's day off from church, so he gets to sleep in. He usually likes to make some kind of nice breakfast on those mornings. French toast is one of his specialties. This morning as he was getting ready to make it, he remembered watching Alton Brown make it on Good Eats. I have an archive of Good Eats episodes saved on my DVR for situations like this! We found the episode and watched the segment on french toast. Jim whipped this up in no time and it turned out exactly like AB's. So good. I'll post the recipe here, but I didn't change anything from Alton Brown's.

AB’s French Toast

1 cup half and half
3 large eggs
2 tbsp honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
¼ tsp salt
8 (½”) slices day old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
4 tbsp butter

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half and half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tbsp of butter in a 10” non-stick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

Makes 4 servings.

Wow, this is good french toast! We didn't have half and half, so Jim used whole milk instead. That worked just fine. Jim had his with regular syrup, but I opted for a triple berry syrup I had picked up while grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago. Mmm! What a great way to start the day!

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  1. Just the way I like French toast, custardy in the middle. The only one I've met who makes it this way is my mom! Nice to see a recipe for it.

  2. I always wanted to know a good recipe for french toast. Seems so simple but also simple to mess up! Thanks for the post :0)