My husband missed out. He was in a hurry, and insisted on a bowl of cereal rather than French Toast for breakfast. As I cooked my breakfast an hour later, he looked up from his computer, wondering, "Is someone baking? It smells amazing."
The amazing smell came from the ingredients and bread I used. Semifreddi's Ciabatta is addictive. I sometimes stand at the counter and eat it dipped in olive oil or lathered with butter, looking out the window. The plight of what to do with half a leftover loaf is easily solved the next morning if you decide to make French toast. (Bread pudding for two is another option.) If you don't like vanilla or orange, you can leave them out. If you've never tried adding anything to your French Toast egg wash, get ready for some wonderful flavors. Even the cloudiest of days improves with each bite.
Vanilla Orange French Toast Recipe:
Combine one egg, 1 Tablespoon vanilla, the juice of 1 orange, 1/4 cup milk, a dash each of orange zest, cinammon and nutmeg in a large bowl. You want enough room to whisk it all together without splashing any out. Use a fork or whisk to froth ingredients. With the orange juice, it may not look fully uniform, but that's okay.
Slice the bread no more than almost 3/4 inches thick. If it's too thick, the bread gets soggy and the egg wash won't cook all the way through. (The brunch cooks at the Last Supper Club haven't gotten that down yet, so do not order their French Toast.) Hungry eaters will be happy with 2-3 slices.
Heat a skillet or non-stick pan to medium high. Melt a pat of butter, and rotate the pan so the butter is spread out. Dip the bread in the egg wash, covering both sides. Depending on the pan's size, you can cook 2 to 3 pieces at a time, leaving space of at least 1/2 inch between the pieces. Cook on each side for around 3 minutes, checking for browning. The delicious smells of vanilla and orange will fill the room. Remove from heat, and apply more butter. Pour some real Grade B maple syrup or your favorite jam/jelly/preserves on, and enjoy. This French Toast tastes great with a side of bacon and strong coffee.