Recently, I discovered that I like French toast. I’d never been a big fan before, and I’m not sure what changed. Perhaps the exclusion of nutmeg helps, since I’m not a fan of that. I started with a recipe for French Toast Sticks, which was tasty. However, it was a lot of work for French toast–cut up bread into slices, whisk a bunch of eggs, dip the slices individually, spread out a lot of soggy sticks, turn over about 50 sticks, have one fall off the pan onto the floor…that’s way too much work for breakfast. Or lunch, as it usually was.
I experimented with the standard heat-the-toast-on-the-stove method. Pros: the first slice is ready in about 10 minutes. Cons: the time required increases significantly with each additional slice, you have to stay near the stove during the entire cooking process, and it doesn’t taste as good.
Solution: Easy French Toast. This isn’t so much a recipe as a method. The recipe is flexible, you can change it to whatever ingredients you like most. It takes about 40 minutes, mostly unattended. All ingredients are estimated, I don’t measure any part of this. I barely even count the eggs.
Easy French Toast
9 slices bread 5 eggs 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk some vanilla a little salt
Put all ingredients except bread in a blender and mix well. Grease a pan (with sides, if possible) and lay the bread out. Pour the egg mixture over the bread until it’s somewhat wet. Flip the bread slices over and pour mixture until almost soggy. Add a slice or two of bread if you have extra liquid.
Bake in a pretty hot oven (350 F or so) until crispy, 30-40 minutes. It’s good to flip once about 2/3 way through cooking to get both sides crispy.
You don’t eat 9 slices of French toast at a time? Put it in some sort of sealable plastic container and microwave later.
You hate cleaning your blender? Give it a quick rinse, put a couple cups of water and one drop dishsoap in it, put the lid on, and run the blender for 5-10 seconds. Rinse again. Clean. Actually, I had a little cinnamon stuck to the sides that I wiped off with a dishcloth.