Dec 31, 2011

cinnamon french toast

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As the year comes to an end, it's important to reflect on the past year while looking forward to the next.  This past year definitely was a year of change for us.  My husband and I moved halfway across the country, started new jobs, and started our lives together for the first time near family and friends.  It's been a year of uncertainty and excitement.

Although we can't predict what next year will bring, I know how your new year should start.  It should begin with a warm cup of coffee and some cinnamon french toast.

This french toast recipe is quite different from others we've made.  There are no egg whites (which usually is the base of french toast in my experience).  It's sweet.  And it combines a crispy outside with a warm, custard-y inside.  Definitely homemade deliciousness!

Start the year on the right foot.  Your diet resolution can wait til lunch.  I promise.

Cinnamon French Toast
Recipe adapted from PBS Create: America's Test Kitchen

-8 slices of bread (today we used cinnamon bread, but it's great with whole wheat as well)
-3 egg yolks
-1 1/2 c. warm milk (be sure it's warm, so it keeps the butter melty)
-3 tbsp brown sugar
-2 tbsp melted butter
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla

Start by putting bread on a baking sheet and cooking about 5 minutes per side at 300 degrees.  This will dry the bread and allow it to soak up the egg mixture better.  In the mean time, prepare the egg mixture.  Combine egg yolks, warm milk, brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl.  Whisk these ingredients together well.  Pour the egg mixture into a wide bowl or a square cake pan.  Once the bread comes out of the oven, allow it to cool slightly.  Put the bread into the egg mixture and let it sit in the eggs for 30 seconds per side.  Remove the bread after soaking on each side and place it on a hot griddle (medium heat).  Allow the bread to cook on each side until browned.  Once the french toast is cooked, place it back on the baking sheet and put it in the warm oven until ready to serve.

1 comment:

  1. I love this. A simple recipe that is SO delicious. I love the idea of using cinnamon bread to really enhance the flavor of the french toast. Looks wonderful :)


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