When I was a little girl, I was sick a lot. My allergies and asthma kept me away from school more often than I liked. The upside to these bouts of illness was that anytime I started to feel better my mom made french toast. To this day, it is my favorite food.
Up until a week ago, I had tried to make it only a few times, but never cracked the code. I’d use wheat bread, challah and a few other bakery finds. And then, I had an “aha!” moment. The secret is white sandwich bread.
While pizza is still Ellie’s favorite food, her eyes light up at the sight of French toast, which makes me very happy.
6 pieces of white sandwich bread
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 200 F. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla in a low bowl. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a slice of butter to the pan. As it melts, dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture, coating each side. Let the excess drip off. Add the bread to the pan. Repeat until the pan is full. (Mine only holds two to three slices at a time.) Cook for a few minutes or until golden. Flip and cook on the other side until lightly browned. Put the cooked slices on a baking sheet in the warm oven. Repeat until all the pieces are cooked. Serve with a little butter and maple syrup.