You’ll understand when I say that my grandmother made the best french toast ever. Hers was different than my mothers, which was also very good, but not exciting taste bud splitting good. There is just no way to dig myself out of that confession, so I will just leave that there.
Grandma Ada came from a different time where concerns about fats and sugar weren’t concerns at all. This recipe shouldn’t become a weekly thing, unless you make exchanges and concessions elsewhere it can be really bad! It depends on the person cooking how bad. But bad is so good! That’s why we keep going back to restaurants for that favorite dish. You just can’t eat these things every day. If you did, that would take away from the allure. This is a comfort food recipe for special occasions.
What you will need:
White bread. Eggs (for 1 serving 1 egg; 2 – 2eggs, etc). Milk. Vanilla. Cinnamon Sugar mix (you can buy it or make it–1 part cinnamon to 8 parts sugar), frying oil. Butter. Syrup.
Prepare your sides: Bacon? Sausage? Your choice. I do a link and a strip, myself.
Heat a frying pan with 1/8 of inch of oil in the bottom. Yep, you’re going to ‘deep fry’ these puppies. Don’t make the oil too hot or it will cook to quickly and likely burn. I heat it on medium and turn it to low when I am ready to start cooking.
Combine 1 egg with, 2 Tbsp Milk and 1 Tsp vanilla (so if you’re doing 2 eggs, 2 Tsp) in a bowl large enough to dunk your slice of bread. Dunk your slice of bread, allowing it to soak up that batter a bit. Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture until coated. Transfer to frying pan, be careful of oil popping. Repeat with the second slice.
Fry until golden and flip (careful that hot oil will splash. Fry that side until golden. Transfer to plate–add butter and syrup. You’re done–unless you have more to make then repeat until enough is made for all!
Serve with a side of your favorite juice (I like orange. It’s also good with hot black tea), bacon and sausage, and a slice of grapefruit. Lovely! Enjoy.