Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Today is our 41st Anniversary; actually, we've been together 46 years (we were high school sweethearts). If you follow my recipe blog, you know that I call him "Picky-picky husband" (because he is very timid when it comes to trying ANY new recipes); but he is a GREAT guy and we are more in love today than ever.

This is a recipe for basic French toast. Everyone seems to have their own recipe and there are a million variations, but this is a post for the beginning cook, complete with a few tips I've learned over the years.

First of all, a tip about the kind of bread you need.
1. ANY bread will work, but SOME breads make a much better French toast than others.

2. Fresh, soft bread makes the worst French toast; day old (or even week old) bread works better.

3. Thicker bread makes better French toast than thinner bread. 

4. Sweet bread like Texas toast works well, as do semi-stale cinnamon rolls (sliced)  and of course raisin bread, (so keep an open mind when thinking about bread choices)!!

4 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
dash nutmeg (optional)

Whisk all of the above until very well mixed.  I like to use my immersion blender to do this.  Dip the bread into the mixture and let it sit for 10 or 15 seconds (longer if the bread is extra dry) then lift out and cook on preheated (and buttered) frying pan (I get the best results from my electric frying pan). Cook until the French toast is golden brown on both sides.

Serve immediately with butter and HOT maple syrup.

NOTE: You can use milk instead of cream, but the cream gives a richer taste and helps the French toast get that golden "crust".


Mr. Bill said...

Thanks....and I always add a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup IN with the egg batter. Do the same with my pancake batter.

Debbie said...

Happy anniversary Coleen! What a great picture. I wish my French Toast looked that good! said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! Your hubby is a very luck man. Kelly

The Daily Smash said...

Congrats on 41 or 46 years lol and the french toast looks so yummy

Teresa said...

Man, I LOVE french toast! I think using sliced cinnamon rolls sounds yummy! Thanks for the idea!!

Donna said...

Happy Anniversary and many more to you both!!!!!!! French toast was the very 1st thing I learned to cook and is still my favorite breakfast food.Yum.Enjoy your day.

betty r said...

Happy Anniversary Coleen, to you and your hubby. That is qite a milestone!
Mmm french toast..we love it made with cinnamon swirl bread!

charlotte mgcc said...

A very Happy Anniversary to you Coleen and hubby. I can see that your wonderful cooking has contributed to a successful marriage :) The french bread looks really good.

Pip said...

Happy anniversary today and many many more!

Katy ~ said...

In all the piles of french toast I have made, I think I have never made ones as beautiful as yours. Will definitely be trying the whipping cream hint. Thanks, Coleen!

Domestic Goddess said...

Belated "Anniversary Wishes" to you and your husband, Coleen.
Also, the French Toast looks great! While I don't add heavy cream, nor the nutmeg to mine, (just eggs, vanilla and cinnamon), I'm going to try your recipe, since it's just a small amount of the cream, and I am curious to see how the nutmeg will taste in the French Toast. Also, I like the idea of adding some maple syrup to the egg batter and pancake batter, that Mr Bill had mentioned. Coleen, I love your blog and all the recipes you have posted and shared with others. You surely are a wonderful cook, and quite an inspiration to others.