Do you feel like the days, weeks, months and even years just fly by? I sure do. That’s why I try to enjoy the company of my family as much as possible by enjoying Sunday breakfast with my family. My 16 year old son is at the age that he’s a moving target and difficult to pin down to spend time with. Between the girlfriend, friends, job and school, family is last on his priority list. I’m told this will only get worse the older he gets so I try pin him down at the table as often as possible. Sometimes I have pancakes or make a batch of muffins. I was able to entice him out of bed earlier then normal with this french toast recipe.
Usually I’ll reach for the loaf of Wonder bread I always have on hand but I had a loaf of Italian bread that needed to be used up before it got too stale. I watched a TV show on Food Network a few years back where a chef used croissants for their French Toast. I’d still like to try that but it inspired me to reach for that loaf of Italian bread to make my French Toast. I threw in some extra ingredients into my standard recipe and it was DELICIOUS!
Rustic French Toast
- Loaf of day old Italian bread (or other crusty bread), cut into 1” slices
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp sugar
Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar together in a bowl and pour into a pie plate or other shallow but flat dish.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray pan with no stick spray such as PAM.
Dip slices of bread in egg mixture making sure to coat both sides. Lay in heated pan.
Sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the bread so it sticks to the side that is not cooked yet.
Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until the sides are nicely browned. Leave a few extra minutes if your slices are thicker and you want to make sure the middle is not soggy.
Top with fresh fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup or your choice of toppings.
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