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French Toast for breakfast – Redneck cooking

Tired of cold cereal for breakfast? Want something tasty that will stick with you for a while? Try this tasty French toast made with homemade bread.

Normally around my house we only have French toast when we have some leftover bread that is getting too dry to make good sandwiches. However, now that we’re making our own bread instead of buying bread we don’t have much bread that gets dried out. I still like having French toast for breakfast once in a while so this morning my wife and I made some with the homemade bread.

French toast is a quick and tasty breakfast to make. It is quite filling and really is an ideal way to use up dry bread, however if you use fresh homemade bread it is even better.

French Toast

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 thick slices fresh bread
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla

Crack the 4 eggs into a bowl and whisk them until well blended.

Add the milk, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon to the eggs and whisk again to combine the ingredients. I don’t really measure the cinnamon, so start with 1 teaspoon. I put in enough that I have a good even distribution throughout the egg mixture.

Place a medium size frying pan on the stove and heat to a medium heat. Use some butter or pan spray to help keep the toast from sticking to the pan.

For the bread I like to cut slices that are 3/4 to 1 inch thick. This is more of a Texas toast size slice and it makes for a much more substantial slice that really holds a lot of the egg mixture.

Once the pan is hot, dip a slice of the bread in the egg mixture. Give the bread a few seconds to soak up the egg mixture and then flip it over and soak the other side. You want to give the bread enough time to get fully saturated with the egg mixture. Let the excess egg drip off the bread into the bowl and then put the slice into the frying pan.

Let the bread cook until a nice golden brown then flip it over and cook the other side. The cook time will depend greatly on the thickness of the bread. The thicker it is the longer it will take. I have also found that if the heat is too high the outside will brown quicker, but the inside will not get cooked. You will end up with a nice crispy outside and a doughy, soggy inside. If you gently press a finger into the bread in the pan and no egg comes out, and the bread bounces back it is ready.

Serve the French toast with pancake syrup and butter, or cover with your favorite sausage gravy and enjoy a filling breakfast that will get your day off to a great start.

Photo Credit: Jeff Love

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