My Dad’s Famous French Toast
Father’s Day is Sunday, so if you’re looking for the perfect way to start the day, try my dad’s famous French toast! Why is it famous, you ask? Because I said so. My dad has been making French toast for as long as I can remember. It was our Sunday morning tradition. The smell of bacon would waft through the house while we listened to country music, KYGO Sunday morning to be exact…patiently waiting (in our pajamas) for the buttery French toast to hit the table. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
My dad uses Ciabatta which makes for an airy texture with a perfect, slightly crisp crust. He adds plenty of good vanilla extract which adds a nice depth of flavor, and cooks it in lots of salted butter which gives it that golden brown color. No matter how much I make this, my dad’s is always better…and that’s just fine with me.
- 1 loaf Ciabatta bread, sliced
- 6 Eggs
- 2 cups half & half
- 2 Tablespoons good vanilla extract
- Salted butter, for cooking and for serving
- Good maple syrup and powdered sugar for serving.
Whisk eggs until whites and yolks are completely combined, whisk in 2 cups half & half, add more if mixture looks too eggy. You want it to be a pale yellow. Add vanilla and transfer mixture to a shallow dish.
Submerge slices of ciabatta allowing the egg mixture to absorb into both sides.
While your bread is soaking, heat a skillet over medium heat, melt your butter and cook the French toast until golden, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Serve hot with butter, maple syrup (I’m loving this right now) and a dusting of powdered sugar and enjoy!
Happy Father’s Day!!