How do you cook French Toast?
(And total aside….do you capitalize it?)
That’s what I wanted to know yesterday.
I’ve made French Toast before and it was fine.
But yesterday…..I was so over fine and sufficient and passable.
I wanted to make the perfect-ultimate-one-of-a-kind-blue-ribbon-winning French Toast recipe.
The kind that would make people wipe their plates clean and stand in line for more.
So I asked the experts.
I called my mother and my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law and the blue ribbon winner of the county and took a poll of several random people at Wal-Mart.
I asked each of them, “How do you cook French Toast? Give me your best tip for cooking French toast.”
And here’s what they said.
5 Tips for Cooking the Ultimate French Toast
Tip Number 1: Choose your bread wisely
My mother-in-law told me that the bread makes all the difference.
Instead of white bread, she uses oat-nut bread which adds a little crunch and whole grain goodness.
And after all….and she should know….she raised an amazing son on French Toast and Chicken Noodle Casserole.
Tip Number 2: A little vanilla makes all the difference
My super smart friend Kelly who lives two cow pastures and a corn field away…..told me to use vanilla.
And she also said to add the vanilla when you cream the eggs and sugar….before the milk.
Tip Number Three: Adjust the burner temperature
Shirley….one of our blue ribbon winners at the county fair….told me one of the best tips.
She said to pre-heat the skillet until the butter was melted (and not to let it get brown).
Then place the bread onto the hot skillet….sear the edges with the hot heat….and then quickly turn it to medium low and cook the bread slowly until it was thoroughly cooked all the way through.
She was so right.
The edges were crispy and the inside was cooked to perfection.
Tip Number Four: Make sure your bread is soaked
This came from all the ladies at church.
Some of the best cooks I know.
Let your bread soak up all the egg/sugar/vanilla/milk mixture for about 30 seconds.
This will flavor the French Toast perfectly.
Tip Number Five: Make cinnamon apples to pour over the French Toast
I saved my mother for last.
She makes an amazing topping for the French Toast.
She combines apples and sugar and butter and a little bit of water and cooks them in a skillet on the stove over medium heat until they are done and then pours them over the toast.
She said it was delicious and I knew it would be.
Because she’s my mother.
And because she’s always right.
Just ask her.
So….are you curious?
Are you wondering if the tips worked?
If this was the perfect-ultimate-one-of-a-kind-blue-ribbon-winning French Toast recipe?
Here’s what was left.
I think that answers the question.
PS If you have any great french toast tips….I would love to add them to my list!