Cinnamon French Toast

A simple go-to recipe for French toast, perfect for almost any type of bread. Extra cinnamon gives it a potent sweet spice and half-and-half makes the custard rich without being too heavy.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup half-and-half

2 tablespoons granulated sugar 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for serving 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

6 large eggs 

2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 

8 slices challah or brioche bread (3/4 inch thick) or 12 slices sandwich bread  

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting 

Fresh fruit, for serving 

Maple syrup, for serving 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the half-and-half, granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and eggs in a large bowl until very well combined and no visible egg white remains. Pour the mixture into an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish. 
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter and when it melts, swirl to coat the skillet.  
  4. Put 2 slices of bread at a time in the custard until moistened through, about 10 seconds on each side for the thicker bread and 5 seconds for the thinner sandwich bread. 
  5. When the butter begins to sizzle, transfer the soaked slices to the skillet and cook until the custard is heated through and the slices are very golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and hold in the oven while you repeat with the remaining butter, bread and custard.  
  6. To serve, fan out the slices on a platter or individual plates and dust with confectioners' sugar and additional cinnamon. Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup.