French toast may be my favorite weekend breakfast/brunch dish: It’s just as easy to make as a pancake, it’s a great centerpiece for bacon and eggs, and it’s even a smart way to use up bread that’s just on this side of going stale. Really, what’s not to like?
This super-easy recipe not only makes a good brunch dish, but you can even serve it as a dessert, especially if you dress it up with fresh berries and whipped cream, or even a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
If you’re going the fruit route, try a technique called macerating to sweeten and soften it up: Place berries (or other cut-up fruit, like peach slices) in a small metal bowl, sprinkle with granulated sugar, splash with a bit of vanilla, honey and fresh lemon juice, and stir. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Easy French Toast
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
2 slices crusty white bread
Beat together egg, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
Heat a lightly oiled skillet or griddle over medium heat.
Soak bread slices in egg mixture for 20 seconds on each side, or until thoroughly coated and slices have begun to soften slightly. Cook bread until both sides are lightly browned and crisp. Serve hot with maple syrup.