My husband and kids are not big breakfast fans. We all eat because “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has been drummed into our psyches. However, I rarely cook a large breakfast meal unless we are entertaining. My brother and his wife really like breakfast, so I asked them what they would like. (My whole philosophy in entertaining/cooking for others is to give them what they will enjoy…in moderation of course.) The first day, their request was for scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, French toast and orange juice. That was simple enough. To switch things up the next morning, I asked if they would like pancakes or anything else. My brother insisted that we have French toast again, since he had enjoyed it so much. “I didn’t know that you knew how to cook,” he said. “When did you learn how to cook?” The truth is that I have pretty much always known how to cook. I just didn’t need to do it growing up. I was the youngest of five, so there was always someone else to do it! Now, if I want my family to eat, I need to cook (or order/dine out). Eating out is a nice treat, but I cook most of the time.
If you ever want to make French toast, below is my basic recipe.
French Toast Recipe
(Serves 2 – 3)
-1/2 cup of milk
-2 teaspoons of sugar
-1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
-4 to 6 slices of day-old bread (4 if thickly cut/6 if regularly sliced sandwich bread)
1. Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon together in a large, shallow bowl.
2. Dip both sides of each slice of bread in the mixture thoroughly coating the bread. Place the battered slices of bread to the side.
3. Coat your 10-inch nonstick sauté pan or griddle with a thin layer of butter and heat on medium heat until it is hot. (You can tell that it’s hot enough by letting a few droplets of water fall on it. The water will sizzle/ “dance” when the pan/grill is ready.”)
4. Place the battered bread in the heated pan or griddle and cook until golden brown on each side. This will take approximately 3 – 5 minutes per side. If you’re cooking with a pan, then you will be able to cook 2 slices at a time.
The thing that I love about basic recipes like this one is that you can always change them up based on who is eating the meal. How do you like your French toast? My brother is simple, so he just wanted French toast made with whole wheat bread. However, you can use thicker cuts of bread like challah, brioche, etc. As another option, you can also add vanilla to the dipping mixture. Once the toast is cooked, you can sprinkle it with confectioner’s sugar for a “pretty” touch. You can add sliced fruit (bananas, strawberries, etc.) on top. Really, it’s all about knowing the tastes of the people that you are serving. If you make it all about them, they are bound to enjoy their meal!
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