French toast: the medieval breakfast treat

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French toast: the medieval breakfast treat

French Toast

4 large eggs


6 tablespoons milk


¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


4 pieces challah, brioche or other bread, sliced ¾- to 1-inch thick


2 tablespoons butter


Beat the eggs, milk and vanilla extract together in a deep dish. Add the bread and let the slices soak up the egg mixture completely, turning the pieces occasionally.


Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.


When the butter has melted and looks foamy, add the soaked bread and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until crispy and golden brown.


Makes 4 servings.

Maple Spice French Toast with Broiled Oranges

2 large navel oranges


4 teaspoons melted butter


2 tablespoons brown sugar


Pinch salt


4 large eggs


6 tablespoons milk


2 tablespoons maple syrup


¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


1 teaspoon grated orange peel


½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


4 pieces challah, brioche or other bread sliced ¾- to 1-inch thick


2 tablespoons butter


Preheat the oven broiler with the rack on the top shelf, closest to the heat.


Peel the oranges. Cut the oranges into ½-inch slices and place them on a cookie sheet.


Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with the brown sugar and salt. Set aside.


Beat the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a deep dish. Add the bread and let the slices soak up the egg mixture completely, turning the pieces occasionally.


Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, add the soaked bread and cook for 2-3


minutes per side, or until crispy and golden brown.


While the bread is soaking, place the orange slices in the broiler and cook for 3-4 minutes or until hot and crispy. Serve alongside the French toast.


Makes 4 servings.

"Whichever kind you use, French toast is best when the bread is slightly stale and about ¾" to 1" thick. Older, thicker bread will absorb the beaten eggs and milk better than standard ½" slices."

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