French Toast

Total Time:
34 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
24 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.


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I double the recipe, use brioche bread and cook on warm in a crockpot! I awaken to perfect french toast everytime. Hands down the BEST french toast recipe ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty french toast but the inside was mush. I might use it again because the proportions are good and the honey was a neat idea, but I would only do a few seconds a side when soaking, especially as bread doesn't get stale around here. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Best French toast recipe I've yet ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton says the most important ingredient is stale bread? What's is he talking about? I use fresh bread (brioche, challah, white, french, panatone, etc.) and NEVER have I had the problems that he describes. Says Alton, "The most important step in making French toast is using stale bread. Fresh bread will fall apart when it hits the pan." Half the time, I honestly don't think he knows what he's talking about. Or, he simply makes up facts and over-complicates each and every recipe... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought a good basic recipe especially for a newbie to cooking. And if you are an old head then just jazz it up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this per the recipe, except I substituted olive oil for butter. It's fine, but no better than other french toast recipes I've tried. I used very dense whole-grain white bread and found that soaking for 30 seconds per side was WAY too long. The first 2 slices fell apart. I reduced the soaking to 20 seconds per side, but ran out of custard by the 5th slice. 15 seconds per side would probably be plenty. Also, on my gas range, it worked better with the flame closer to medium than medium-low. I also think I'd like this recipe with some vanilla extract. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great base recipe for French toast. I just add some cinnamon into the custard and also scaled the recipe down for 4 slices instead of 8 (2 eggs, 3/4 milk or half and half) because I am not cooking for too many people. Oh yes, and whole milk works just fine too instead of half and half if that's all your have! I also don't put it in the oven because that would get my apartment way too hot and it's still divine -- just fry it on the pan a little longer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The kids ask for more. We love this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i agree item not reviewed by moderator and published
And I don't know how Food Network feels about links in reviews, but here's my post on this French Toast in case anyone wants to what it'd look like if someone at home made this: http://www.hellokelinda.com/2014/08/challah-french-toast/ item not reviewed by moderator and published

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