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French toast is a dessert in France, never a breakfast and originated from using up stale bread. While the cut is thick in France, you can get away with using sliced bread; just don’t soak it as long.
This has a different texture than ordinary French toast, as it’s soaked in cream and cooked in butter and sugar. It’s very sweet and only needs powdered sugar as a topping.
After making this French toast with regular sliced bread, I tried the stale thick cut bread and it made quite a difference, I preferred it over the sliced bread. The thick bread was about one inch thick and it really did need a good 3 minutes to soak. It was crispy and very delicious; I think the stale part made the difference too. Try making it the real French way and eat it as a dessert, you’ll love it! You can’t get more French than that!
1. In a 9 x 13 pan whisk together the eggs, yolks, milk, cream, 2/3 cups of sugar, vanilla and salt
2. Add bread to the mixture and let soak for about 3 minutes (if using sliced bread, don't soak as long)
3. In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons of butter and melt over a medium low heat
4. When butter is melted, sprinkle skillet with 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar and add as many slices of soaked bread as you can
5. While bread is cooking, sprinkle the top slices with sugar and then flip over when bottom side is golden and crusty
6. When cooked, keep warm in tin foil while rest of the bread is cooking
7. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm