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A yummy twist on classic French toast. The thickness and sweetness of the bread make this extra special. I found the bread in the bakery of my local grocery store. Fresh whipped cream makes it even better. I don't soak the bread as long as the recipe calls for. This is from Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa at foodnetwork.com.
- 6 extra large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half or 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon good honey
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 loaf challah or 1 loaf brioche bread
- unsalted butter
- vegetable oil
- pure maple syrup
- good raspberry preserves (optional)
- sifted confectioners' sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey, and salt.
- Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices.
- Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 5 minutes, turning once.
- Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a very large saute pan over medium heat.
- Add the soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.
- Place the cooked French toast on a sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven.
- Fry the remaining soaked bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed, until it's all cooked.
- Serve hot with maple syrup, raspberry preserves, and/or confectioners' sugar.