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From Martha Stewart. That woman sure knows how to make a delicious french toast! I have changed her recipe to omit some unneeded calories and fat. It is the best french toast our family has ever had, and our guests all agreed! I make this on a Sunday morning if we still have extra challah left over.
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 orange, juice of
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons liquor (I use almond or orange flavored, Martha's recipe states cognac)
- 1 tablespoon sugar (splenda works equally well)
- 1 lemon, zest of
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- 6 slices bread, 1-2 days old (1 inch pieces, challah or brioche are best)
- canola oil, for frying (any neutral oil will do, may add unsalted butter for more flavor)
- powdered sugar
- maple syrup
- mixed berry
- Whisk together eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, liquor, sugar, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
- Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer.
- Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 10 minutes.
- Turn slices over (Carefully) and soak 5-10minutes more, until soaked through.
- Preheat oven to 200 deg F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, and set aside.
- Heat canola oil (with some butter if so wish) in a skillet over medium heat.
- Fry half the bread slices until golden brown, around 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to wire rack; place in oven while cooking remaining bread.
- Wipe skillet and repeat with fresh oil/butter and bread.
- Keep in oven until ready to serve.
- Serve with dusted powdered sugar and maple syrup (I like fresh berries on top, too).
I love this recipe. It really is the BEST french toast.
I've made this before with day-old homemade challah (recipe from Baking with Julia). It's fabulous! I skip the liquor and the lemon when I make it. Thanks for posting, AniSarit--I was just about to do so myself, but you've saved me the trouble!