Fancy French Toast

Pain perdu.  I guess that’s what I should have called this recipe.  Pain perdu.  Say that six times real fast. Fancy French Toast sounds just as fancy.  I’ve always thought french toast was just kind of plain.  I mean, how fancy is it really when it’s just bread dipped in a mixture of eggs, milk and cinnamon?  But if you dress it up and use brioche bread…then that’s real fancy!

KB loves French Toast.  He likes it more than pancakes.  It’s kind of hard for me to pick because they’re so similar.  Breakfast, carbs, sweet.   I guess if I had to choose, I’d probably pick the french toast.  Only because it’s easier and I can whip it up and get it on the table in no time at all.  In fact, sometimes when my tiny humans are begging for pancakes for breakfast, I can re-direct them to french toast and it’s a win-win for everyone.

Anyways, I started making this fancy french toast a few months ago and now, I fear, this is how I will always have to make it.  Which will be a problem if I don’t have any brioche bread on hand.  I find my brioche bread at Trader Joes.  It’s super convenient because it’s already sliced and they sell it in a loaf like regular bread.  But brioche bread is clearly a superior bread.  It’s thick cut, buttery, and just a tiny bit sweet.  I dare say I love it!

To make the Fancy French Toast, start by cracking some eggs in a bowl.  Add milk.

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Whisk the eggs and milk together.  Add cinnamon and vanilla extract.

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Whisk until combined.

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Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.

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Dip bread in egg mixture and flip over so bread is soaked.

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When butter has melted and skillet is hot, add bread.  Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side.

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Serve and enjoy!  I normally just use butter and maple syrup, but to make this extra fancy, I added strawberries and whipped cream.

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Recipe:
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
sliced brioche bread (or any other kind of bread)
butter (for skillet)
*butter/syrup/fruit/whipped cream

In a medium sized bowl, crack eggs and add milk.  Whisk together.  Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.  Meanwhile melt about 2 Tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Dip bread in egg mixture and flip over so both sides of the bread are soaked.  When the skillet is hot, place bread in skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until the outside is a little crispy.  Serve with butter, syrup, fruit and whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Caroline