Make a special breakfast, just for you!
Place bread in toaster on lowest setting. Toast until bread feels dried out and is very light brown. (You may have to toast it twice.)
Place milk and 1 piece of butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave until butter is melted and milk is warm, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Add egg yolk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to bowl with milk mixture and whisk to combine. Transfer mixture to pie plate or small baking dish.
Soak first side of 1 bread slice in milk mixture until it is wet but not falling apart, 20 seconds. Flip bread and soak second side for 20 seconds. Use spatula to remove bread from milk mixture, letting extra liquid drip back into dish. Transfer soaked bread to plate and repeat with remaining bread slice.
Melt remaining piece of butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Use spatula to transfer bread slices to skillet. Cook until golden on first side, 3 to 4 minutes. Wipe spatula clean, flip slices, and cook until golden on second side, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat. Transfer french toast to clean plate. Serve with maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon sugar, butter, and/or fresh fruit.
To make french toast for two people, double all the ingredients and cook the third and fourth slices of bread after the first two slices are done. Add another ½ tablespoon of butter to the empty skillet in between the first and second batch.
Drying out the bread in the toaster allows it to soak up the egg mixture. Don’t skip this step—you want the bread to be dry and firm but not really browned. And make sure to use hearty sandwich bread—small, squishy slices can’t hold as much of the eggy custard. You can use white or whole wheat bread.
Follow these three easy steps to crack eggs and separate the egg white from the egg yolk: