classic french toast

May 6, 2013


With Mother’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes, inspired by my wonderful mom. French toast was always a treat for me and my brother growing up; we’d have it on special occasions, holidays and birthdays. I know I’ve mentioned my dad being a pretty awesome chef, but my mom definitely took control of breakfasts and desserts. She made this amazing french toast that had the perfect hint of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It was so comforting on a Saturday morning spent in pjs watching my favorite cartoons. I wanted to try to replicate her recipe as best as I could, and while I think it came pretty close, I do need her final say!
Classic French Toast

4-6 slices of bread (preferably day old, challah or brioche is my fave!)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup half and half
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons butter, divided

Slice bread into thick 1-1.5 inch slices. Set aside. Whisk milk, half and half, eggs, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl. Dip bread into mixture and allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side. Then set on cooling rack, fitted over a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in pan and place two pieces of bread at a time in pan, allowing to cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices. You can heat finished slices in oven at 350 degrees. Serve with maple syrup and fruit!

Do you have a favorite breakfast food? 
I honestly think I love them all. My major sweet tooth is definitely a fan of the sweeter breakfasts {french toast, pancakes, pastries}, but I definitely love the savory egg dishes as well!