If I had to choose one thing to eat for breakfast for the rest of my life, it will always be french toast! I love bread and cinnamon maple flavored food so this will always be a winner for me. Making french toast is probably one the first things you learn to make as a child and over the years french toast evolves into a masterful culinary work of art. Meaning, we’re no longer using sandwich bread but actual french bread such as Brioche or my favorite kosher Jewish bread, challah. For this recipe, I’m using challah because of it’s beautiful color and chewiness. Also, it’s not too sweet which leaves room for our flavors to really shine.
The first step to making fluffy french toast is working with day old or stale bread. I usually slice it the the loaf and then leave it out on the counter overnight or just let it sit on the counter for a couple hours. The stale bread really helps to soak up the custard and then when cooking, it doesn’t become mushy.
The second part is making a good and creamy custard. I find that when I whisk everything together until the eggs are completely blended into the cream, the bread is able to get an even coat when dunked into the custard.
The last part is making sure your skillet or pan is really hot so that the oil and butter melt evenly as well.
How to make Fluffy French Toast
- In a large bowl whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, heavy cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together until the custards is smooth and creamy.
- Melt the olive oil and butter in the skillet or pan on medium high heat. As it’s melting, dunk the day old sliced bread into the custard and coat on both sides then place in the pan. Let the bread cook on each side for 3-5 minutes until it is golden brown. Adjust your heat settings as needed if the french toast is cooking too fast. Keep some butter and oil nearby incase you need more to coat the pan.
- Once finished cooked, butter your french toast and serve with fresh fruit and syrup.