recipe

Make a special breakfast, just for you!

safety
  • Uses the stovetop
  • Uses the microwave
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 25 minutes
yield
  • Serves 1

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Prepare Ingredients

2 large slices
hearty sandwich bread
½ cup
milk
1 tablespoon
unsalted butter, cut in half
1
large egg yolk
1 tablespoon
packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
Pinch
salt

Gather Cooking Equipment

Toaster
Medium microwave-safe bowl
Whisk
Pie plate or small baking dish
Spatula
2
plates
12-inch nonstick skillet
1
 
2 large slices
hearty sandwich bread

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.)

 
2
 
½ cup
milk
1 tablespoon
unsalted butter, cut in half

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.

 
3
 
1
large egg yolk
1 tablespoon
packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
Pinch
salt

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.

 
4
 

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.

 
5
 
1 tablespoon
unsalted butter, cut in half

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.