From start to finish, you’ll have a delicious, filling, plate full of French Toast with a decadent vanilla custard in 10 minutes.
I am the type of person who likes to be a jack of all trades, especially when it comes to food! An arsenal of at least the basics is needed in my back pocket, so I feel no need to go out when I have a craving! And my mission here is to expand your arsenal, so you never feel as if you can’t make a thing to eat. Especially at the butt crack of dawn for breakfast. I am not that kind of morning person, haha! Any morning people, please let me know how you do it!
I don’t think breakfast gets more comforting than a warm, tasty plate of thick sliced, custard-soaked bread with tons of powdered sugar and maple syrup. And those thick ole slices of bread need to be thick, okay? Go to the market, find a nice brioche loaf. Or challah bread. Some french bread. Or make it, if that’s what you like. But it’s got to be old bread, like a day or two. That makes it soak up all that milk and egg and vanilla and becomes so sweet and custard-filled and rich…*foodie daydreams taking over*
You will not believe how quickly this all comes together. A family’s worth of french toast is made in less than 10 minutes, that’s quick enough for a weekday, honestly.
I make these on mornings before Greyson’s play-dates or meet ups because they are so filling and quick to get on the griddle and then in his tummy, not needing a snack until lunch and not crying on the floor waiting for breakfast to be made. Toddlers are not morning people, either. No matter how early (or late) they get up.
- 8 slices of bread (each about 1 inch thick)
- 4 eggs
- 1½ cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Maple syrup, fruits, and powder sugar, for topping
- The day or night before, leave bread slices out to dry out so they can soak the custard without falling apart.
- Whisk together in a shallow dish (like a pie plate) eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and brown sugar. Whisk very well, making sure there is as little unblended egg white as possible.
- Set the bread slices in the mixture cut side down, flipping after 30 seconds and allowing that side to soak for 30 seconds.
- On a nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat, melt butter with vegetable oil. Place the bread on the griddle or pan and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip onto other side and cook for 2-3 minutes as well.
- Plate your french toast and serve with toppings.