I love breakfast. I could eat it at any time of the day. French toast is something I never really ordered at a restaurant. Simply because it’s so easy to make and such an inexpensive dish, I refused to pay someone to make it for me. Anyone can make this recipe, it’s that simple. This is one of those quick morning breakfasts, or a lazy Saturday morning breakfast. Basically something I could eat all the time. You can make it easily for a big group of people and everyone will love you for it. I also enjoy it more than I do pancakes and waffles.
I have played around with a few different French toast recipes and this is the one I have come to love. First it’s made with Texas Toast. I enjoy the thicker bread. Any bread would work though. Brioche, Italian bread, sourdough, even plain white sandwich bread. I have been seeing people even make it out of banana bread and serving it with a banana fosters type topping. Mmmmm but that will be a recipe for a later time.
Back to my French toast. I like the use of egg yolks instead of the entire egg. I find it turns my bread more of a golden brown color. Also it’s more of a custard type batter, and I feel the use of the egg white can burn more easily. If you haven’t tried it with just egg yolk please do.
Now to the liquid in the batter. I’ve used a variety of milk products. Whole milk, low fat milk, heavy cream, half and half, almond or coconut milk. Pretty much just whatever you have on hand. My favorite I have settled on though is half and half. And I’m just that type of person that usually always has half and half or cream on hand. You should become that person too. It always comes in handy.
Cinnamon and vanilla are always a must in French toast batter, just a little big of sugar also goes along way. You could change it up and try brown sugar or coconut sugar. I’m sure both would be equally delicious.
The great part about French toast is it’s so versatile and easy. Everyone always has eggs, milk, and bread on hand. And it’s a cheap dish to make! I am serving this particular French toast with maple syrup and strawberry syrup. You could also sub apples, blackberries, blueberries, or even bananas for the fruit you decide to use.
Fry up lots of bacon to go on the side of this dish. Because well bacon……and I’ve decided that bacon goes with everything.
Now go to your kitchen and make this French toast recipe, you will thank me later.
- 8 slices Texas Toast
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoons butter
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Powdered sugar, for serving
- Strawberry syrup, for serving
First start by making the French toast batter. In shallow dish or bowl whisk together egg yolks, half and half, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla.
Soak Texas toast slices in batter mixture and set aside.
Heat butter on medium heat in a nonstick skillet until slightly bubbling. Cook French toast 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Cook in batches, do not overcrowd pan. Add more butter to pan as needed between batches.
Drizzle with maple syrup and/or strawberry syrup. Dust with powdered sugar.
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons wager
In a sauce pan combine strawberries, sugar, vanilla and water.
Cook strawberry mixture on medium-low heat very gently until strawberries are soft and red in color throughout. Takes about 5 minutes.