This Fancy French Toast recipe will make your morning with a delicious taste that uses honey and cinnamon, and flexibility to customize with vanilla extract, orange extract, or almond extract.
The husband hates mornings. He likes to stay up late and sleep in late, while I prefer to turn in early and wake up early. I just feel like I can get so much more accomplished in the morning than in the evening.
In the morning, I’m productive. I can cook, clean, head out to the farmer’s markets, or go to breakfast with friends. In the evening, I’m just sitting on the couch like a loser, watching the Bachelorette and snacking on junk food.
Right. Back to mornings.
One of the only fool-proof ways I’ve found of getting the husband up out of bed and ready to go do something fun on a Saturday morning is through breakfast.
Half the time it ends up being breakfast in bed; the other half of the time, he smells food and comes clunking down the stairs like a bear waking from hibernation.
Right. Back to breakfast.
Our good friends came over for dinner the other night and left half a loaf of French bread that was just sitting on the counter and begging to be used up. Well, if I’m going to give it a shot, I might as well use the good stuff instead of plain old cheap white bread.
Here’s the Recipe!
Fancy French Toast Recipe
- 8 pretty thick - ½ inch slices of French bread (or other crusty bread, preferably stale)
- 1 cup of half-and-half - I had to use a mixture of skim milk and heavy cream because it was all I had
- 2 Tbsp. of honey - easiest if it is warmed up a bit
- 1/4 tsp. of salt
- 3 large eggs - beaten
- Dash of flavor - try cinnamon, vanilla extract, orange extract, or almond extract
- 4 Tbsp. of butter
- Toppings - see ideas below
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a pie dish (or other flat-bottom dish with sides),
combine the half-and-half, honey, salt, eggs, and cinnamon. Whisk to
- Dip the bread into the egg mixture for about 25-30 seconds
per side. Place each soaked piece on a cooling or baking rack that is resting
on a baking sheet to collect the drippings.
- Let the pieces sit for about 1-2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt 1 Tbsp. of butter over medium-low heat in a
- Place two pieces of soaked bread in the pan and let cook for
2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.
- Place the fried toast on a baking sheet and let rest in the
oven for about five minutes.
- Continue steps 3-7 until all 8 pieces have been cooked.
- Serve immediately. I topped ours with warmed maple syrup and
powdered sugar. Other topping ideas: fresh fruit, whipped cream, peanut butter,
nutella, or jam.