French Toast (aka Breakfast for Dinner)

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I had one of the most amazing slices of carrot cake (complete with brown butter cream cheese frosting) for breakfast today. Call me crazy, but I’ve never been one for traditional breakfasts on your average weekday morning. Sometimes I’ll have leftovers from the night before… cold pizza is always a favorite of mine. And who doesn’t like pita and hummus at 6 a.m.? I do believe breakfast is an important way to start your day, but I rarely have the energy to make anything in the morning on the weekdays, which is why I tend to take the lazy route and grab whatever is in the fridge.

Since I so rarely have “normal” breakfast food on weekday mornings, I occasionally spend my days dreaming of waffles, eggs, benedict, and biscuits and gravy. As a result, it’s not that uncommon for me to whip up breakfast for dinner on a Monday or Tuesday night.

I’ve always thought of French toast as being one of the easiest breakfast items. Chances are everyone has the ingredients available: bread, eggs, half and half or milk, and some seasonings. Better yet, the bread is better when it’s old. Who doesn’t have a few pieces of old bread? While even the most basic French toast made with white sandwich bread and some eggs, milk, and sugar is tasty, there are so many ways you can elevate it to something remarkable. A smidge of orange zest, a pinch of cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg, a dash of vanilla, and a heaping spoonful of brown sugar makes for one darn tasty meal (be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner).

My go-to recipe is really simple to make. Within 15 minutes you’ll have a delicious meal in front of you and it’s incredibly easy to double, triple, or quadruple, depending on how many people you’re feeding.

… and a few slices of the thickest cut bacon will make it that much better.

French Toast

Feeds 2-4, depending on how hungry y’all are

  • 4 thick slices of slightly stale challah or brioche (sliced about ¾ to an 1 inch thick, roughly half a loaf)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half (milk works too, but half and half is much better)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 lightly packed tablespoon brown sugar
  • A hefty pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter

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Mix together eggs, half and half, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt in a wide, shallow bowl. Soak bread in the egg mixture for approximately 5 minutes.

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Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat(I have one of those flat top, electric griddle thingys that I find so handy for French toast and pancakes).

Once bread has soaked in the egg mixture and the griddle is hot, cook bread for approximately 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

Lightly dust with powdered sugar and serve with jam or preserves (my personal favorite) or warmed maple syrup.

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