Velvety on the inside, crisp on the outside, great French toast is like the delicious love child of bread and custard. Here's how to make it yourself.
Step 1: Mix the wet ingredients In a shallow dish, whisk together the liquid ingredients until they're thoroughly blended.
TIP: For a different flavor, substitute two teaspoons of your favorite liqueur for the vanilla extract.
Step 2: Add the dry ingredients Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, and whisk them together until they're fully incorporated.
Step 3: Preheat your skillet and oven Preheat your skillet at a moderate temperature for several minutes, and preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Step 4: Dip the bread Dip a piece of bread in the egg mixture for about 30 seconds per side. Placed the soaked bread on a separate plate, and repeat with the other slices.
Step 5: Cook Melt a tablespoon of butter in your skillet, and place the bread in the pan in a single layer. Cook on each side until the bread is golden brown.
TIP: If you can't fit all your bread into the skillet, make multiple batches, adding a tablespoon of butter for each new batch.
Step 6: Warm the toast If you're serving a crowd, you'll want to keep your already-cooked French toast warm while your new batch is cooking. Set a wire baking rack on top of a rimmed cookie sheet in the oven, and place the cooked slices of toast on top of the rack. They'll stay warm without getting soggy.
Step 7: Serve Top your French toast with a dusting of powdered sugar, a pour of syrup, or a spoonful of your favorite jam, and enjoy!
FACT: In France, French toast is called pain perdu, which means "lost bread."