Pancakes are great, but French toast is definitely the most indulgent breakfast food. It's as sweet and satisfying as any dessert, but it's also filling and comforting. So really, French toast was made for slow, sleepy mornings and weekend brunches. Hell, it even makes a fine dinner after a long, hard day. What's more, the basic recipe is easy and economical to make with ingredients you likely always have on hand. It's not hard to master this perfect combination of taste and textures, but you've got to sweat the details. The difference between sad, limp French toast and the crispy, custardy food of the gods is all in the technique. You want to make sure you're mixing your egg dip thoroughly and not under-soaking the bread. Herewith, a fool-proof plan.
Classic French Toast
6 to 8 slices of thick-cut bread
(try a brioche, challah, French or country loaf)
2/3 cup milk
(or Half & Half)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
After dipping your bread into the custard mixture, coat with crushed cereal (corn flakes, Cap'n Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch are favorites). This makes for a crisp, crunchy crust on the outside and a softer center to the toast. For an extra layer of flavor, top with a dusting of powdered sugar and orange zest before finishing with maple syrup.