I always loved the idea of French toast. The actual eating of it, though, was never enjoyable for me.
It was always a soggy mess.
I finally found a few things that made a wet piece of bread turn into this:
The first thing you want to do is look for discounted bread. (Because bread that is a bit old makes better French Toast.) I find it at Kroger all the time.
I used ciabatta bread on this day, but you could use French, Italian, anything in a loaf. That is one of the keys to avoiding the soggy mess I used to make: Cut nice thick slices of bread. The sandwich bread in a bag doesn’t do so well.
(Cut off the ends of the loaf first to avoid overly crunchy toast)
Next, crack some eggs in a bowl and beat them. (I used three for these six pieces of toast and had just a little egg left over.) Pour a splash of milk into the eggs (I didn’t measure, but it was probably 1-2 Tablespoons.) Then sprinkle cinnamon on top of the mixture and beat again.
I didn’t measure the cinnamon, either. Just give it a good dusting. You’ll learn how much you like.
Now you will butter the griddle. If you don’t have a griddle, you can use a skillet. Use a non-stick one if you have it.
Be generous with the butter. It, of course, tastes delicious; plus, you don’t want the egg to stick.
Dip a piece of bread into the egg mixture; flip to coat both sides and remove to griddle. I don’t like to soak the bread. Just a quick dip on each side. This avoids that whole soggy mess problem.
Here is another key to toasting the French toast. You want to cook it low and slow. Wait patiently for it to get golden brown on each side.
A long time ago, someone described patience to me as “waiting without complaining”. A little food for thought to go along with your breakfast.
But back to the French toast . . .
I also stand the toast on its sides to make sure the edges are cooked well.
Once it’s hot and toasty all over, you are ready to eat!
You can sprinkle a little powdered sugar on it if you like, and if you were to eat a bit of fruit on the side and drink a glass of milk, your mother would sleep better knowing that you were getting a healthy, well-balanced meal.
I love you,